Last year’s Razer Phone was a very unique flagship entry, featuring giant bezels housing powerful front-facing speakers as well as a display with a 120Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth animations and games. It wasn’t the birth of gaming phones, but it was one of the largest entries.
Razer has now announced the followup, obviously called the Razer Phone 2, and it improves on last year’s model in many ways while retaining an almost identical body and focus on gaming and media consumption. The list of upgrades includes a Snapdragon 845 processor with a “Razer vapor chamber cooling system,” which is likely a heat pipe with a bit of liquid inside, much like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9. This tech results in 30% better performance over last year’s model.
Also improved is the camera, which is now a dual camera system with a 12MP optically stabilized wide angle lens and a 12MP 2x telephoto lens. On the front you’ll find an 8MP shooter. Rounding out the improvements is wireless charging (alongside a $99 RGB Chroma-enabled wireless charger announced separately) and IP67 water resistance. The wireless charging brings with it a glass back.
Of course, you don’t care about any of that. You came here for the RGB. The rear Razer logo is now Chroma-enabled, meaning it supports a full range of colors and has fancy patterns like Razer’s gaming peripherals.
Making a return is the 5.72-inch IZGO 120Hz display, though it’s 50% brighter, and the 4,000mAh battery. Razer claims that it will last longer even when set to 120Hz. Other specs include 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage with a microSD slot, and Android 8.1 out of the box (no word on Android Pie).
The device is available for pre-order starting October 11 for $799 in mirror black, and a satin black model will come later this year. However the company has not given a shipping date. Will you be picking one up?