Gaming lifestyle brand Razer has revealed its brand-new flagship phone, the Razer Phone 2. The original Razer Phone was aimed directly at mobile gamers, and while most competitors haven’t even caught up with the original phone’s true 120Hz display, Razer has a new version that’s going to be even more tempting for those waiting to take the plunge. Like me!
For starters, the Razer Phone 2 will come with up to 30% more performance than its predecessor, thanks to the Qualcomm 845 Snapdragon chipset and Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU. But while more power = more heat, Razer is keeping things cool – and thus allowing the chips to work harder – thanks to the Razer vapor chamber cooling system that provides more surface area for heat to dissipate. This means you can game longer, and at better quality too.
The original Razer Phone didn’t start off with the best images – though some firmware updates did much to alleviate that. Now, the dual camera system gets an upgrade, with the 12MP wide-angle lens now coming with optical image stabilisation. There’s also the 12MP telephoto lens with 2x zoom, and a Sony IMX sensor. The front features a 8MP camera that supports video streaming at full HD resolution. There’s also a new interface for the camera, and Razer promises to keep updating the software to improve the camera performance – which is already catching up with the best out there.
BABY’S GOT NEW BACK
Most importantly, if you’re a Razer fan that means you love Chroma – Razer’s RGB lighting system. The Razer Phone 2 finally features Chroma, where Razer’s triple-headed will glow in 16.8 million colors to provide app notifications (such as Facebook comments or WhatsApp messages). Razer Chroma also allows you to set the usual lighting effects, such as Static, Spectrum Cycling and Breathing.
The new glowy back is also a glass one, which means the Razer Phone 2 now features wireless charging. Razer’s wireless charging dock also comes with Chroma, while if you want to charge, the Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ allows you to charge via USB C from flat to 50% in just 30min. The new phone comes with a 4,000 mAH battery, and this time it’s touted to last for 10 hours at screen refresh rating of 120 Hz, instead of the previous 10 hours at 90 Hz.
The glass back will also come in two styles – mirror black and rugged satin. There’s a catch – it appears the mirror black only comes in 64gb, while the rugged satin finish will feature 128gb. And if you want your new phone ASAP, only the mirror black version will be available at launch.
The Razer Phone 2 has also been tested for IP67 resistance to dust and water, unlike the original Razer Phone, which … wasn’t?
BUT WHAT ABOUT THE FRONT?
As mentioned, the Razer Phone 2 comes with the only true 120 Hz display in a phone – 120Hz screen refresh and 120Hz touch sampling with its 5.7-inch UltraMotion IGZO 1440 x 2560 display. (Some newer phones do have 120 Hz touch sampling). The display is also now 50% brighter than its predecessor. The display is also now stronger, with Gorilla Glass 5 instead of 3.
Forget bezel-less phones with a notch – the Razer Phone 2 has bezels, and for good reason. The dual-front facing speakers in the bezels are said to be louder and clearer than before, thanks to new hardware and Dolby Atmos. Oh, and having bezels sometimes does make gaming easier. No more blocking the screen with my fat hands!
The Razer Phone 2 is also the only phone officially certified by Netflix for HDR video content and Dolby Surround 5.1 audio content.
HOW MUCH IS IT?
S$1,249 for the 64gb mirror black version. Coming soon to Singapore!