Razer Phone 2 gains wireless charging, water resistance, and light-up logo

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After breaking into the smartphone scene last year, Razer is back again with a new gaming-focused handset.

The Razer Phone 2 may look similar to the original Razer Phone, but there are some notable improvements inside and out. These include a new glass backside that’s enabled Razer to add wireless charging to its new flagship phone as well as a backlit Razer logo with RGB effects. You can customize these RGB lights to show different colors for different notifications.

Another notable upgrade for the Razer Phone 2 is water resistance. Included is IP67 water resistance, allowing the Razer Phone 2 to stand up to some water, wheras the original model offered no official water resistance.

Around on the back of the Razer Phone 2 is an upgraded dual 12MP rear camera setup. One is a wide angle sensor with optical image stabilization and an f/1.75 aperture, the other is a telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture. There’s dual Phase Detection Autofocus included, too, along with up to 4K video capture with stereo audio. Around front is an 8MP camera.

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The Razer Phone 2 features a 5.72-inch 2560×1440 IGZO LCD screen with a 120Hz refresh rate, and Razer says that this display is 50 percent brigher than the one on the original Razer Phone, offering brightness up to 580 nits. Above and below this screen are the dual front-facing speakers with dual amplifiers. The side of the Razer Phone is home to a fingerprint reader built into the power button, and at the bottom is a USB-C port.

Razer has included a Snapdragon 845 processor with its new flagship phone, along with a vapor chamber cooling system to help everything stay cool. Thanks to this combo, Razer says that the Razer Phone 2 is up to 30 percent faster than its predecessor. Also included is 8GB of RAM, 64GB of built-in storage, and a microSD card slot for additional storage. A 4000mAh battery is powering everything, and there’s Quick Charge 4+ support for recharging that battery in a hurry.

Other notable features of the Razer Phone 2 include Bluetooth 5.0, a USB-C to 3.5mm audio adapter with 24-bit DAC, Android 8.1 Oreo. When it comes to wireless connectivity, the Razer Phone 2 has gained support for LTE Band 71 and also supports the LTE Bands 2, 4, 5, 12, and 66 that are used by T-Mobile. Razer says that support for LAA and 4×4 MIMO is included as well.

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Razer will begin taking pre-orders for the glossy Mirror version of the Razer Phone 2 tomorrow, October 11th, at 12:01 am PT, and the phone will launch shortly thereafter. Pricing will be set at $799.99. Razer also plans to sell a Satin version with a matte finish and 128GB of storage that’ll be available in Q4.

While the Razer Phone 2 may not look like a huge upgrade from the original model at first, there are some nice improvements that are becoming must-haves for flagship phones, like wireless charging and water resistance. Meanwhile, Razer has kept the up the “gaming” aspect of the phone by bumping it to a Snapdragon 845 processor and keeping features like 8GB of RAM, a 4000mAh battery, and display with a high refresh rate. It doesn’t appear that the Razer Phone 2 will be sold directly by T-Mobile, but if you enjoy mobile gaming, the unlocked Razer Phone 2 may be worth considering.

What do you think of the Razer Phone 2?

Source: Razer

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  • SirStephenH

    I think I’m in love.

  • Iphart

    $800? Lol..
    They will have the fate of the Essential phone.
    If they want to compete in a crowded market should’ve priced it around $500-$600.

    • DILAW IDDAHLA

      wait 6 months and this phone will drop to $500. Maybe 4 months even. I do like the fact that it supports bands 66 and 71. But I am sure Camera quality will be average at best. Battery life won’t be over 5 hrs OST (probably close to 5 hrs)

  • njikokanoel

    Nice. I think the price is a bit steep though. The original started at 699. Do all the extra features add up to an additional $100 on the price? I’m not sure. I have the original Razer Phone and I have to say it’s one of my favorite devices. The sequal seems to build on those strengths and correct the flaws of the original. Nice Razer. I’m actually excited to at least try it out. Wish they had a trade in program…

  • riverhorse

    Size is the only criticism. So many phones are 5.75″ or larger, tough to pay the price to upgrade to a smaller phone.
    The other possible concern looks already addressed with the upcoming 128bg release.

    • SirStephenH

      This phone has a 5.72″ screen, is 0.03″ really enough to get upset about?

      • riverhorse

        Compared to 6½……………………….Pay all this money to wind up with a smaller phone doesn’t work for me, when all long I’m really pining for the 7.3″ F10.
        Like Arnold would say,”Zis is a phone for real men, not girly men”. LOL

        • SirStephenH

          Ok. You didn’t say that you were comparing it to a 6.5″ phone, all you said was 5.75″.

          I personally prefer just over 6″ but not a millimeter less than 6″, although I could see myself bending that rule for this. My V30 has me set for now though.

        • riverhorse

          And now the Huawei Mate 2 X Gaming Phone out.. .7.2 inches
          700 band but no 600
          898 Euros

  • CJNewYork

    I really like this phone, but the glass back isn’t a upgrade. It just the phone that much more fragile.

    • njikokanoel

      It does allow for wireless charging but I see where you’re coming from. I prefer metal myself.

  • Romdude

    Anyone have both S9+ and the original of this phone? What’s better for gaming?

    • steveb944

      I think this is the true gaming phone due to the refresh rate.