Razer Phone 2 brings greater performance and inevitably, RGB lighting

The Razer Phone launched last year with the first 120 Hz refresh screen and the best speakers on any phone, period. Now, the Razer Phone 2 comes with updated internals for improved performance.

But that’s not all. A new set of Razer Hammerhead gaming earbuds with noise cancelling and the Razer Mobile controller for that full console experience.

Let’s get into then.

Razer Phone 2

The Razer Phone was a beast of a phone and this new one is no exception. Boasting a 30% performance increase of its predecessor, the Razer Phone 2 is a solid upgrade.

A Snapdragon 845 chipset and Qualcomm Adreno 630 GPU make this phone tick. A vapour chamber cooling system, like in the Xbox One X, will theoretically keep the phone running smoothly under heavy gaming load.

120 Hz Display because, all frames matter

Every gamer can appreciate high refresh rate for a smooth gaming experience. The Razer Phone 2 features one of the only 120 Hz displays in a phone.

A 5.7-inch UltraMotion IGZO display remains the only display in the industry that offers both 120 Hz screen refresh and 120 Hz touch sampling. This means you get buttery smooth motion whether you’re just swiping through Instagram or killing monsters in games. You literally have to see it to truly believe it.

It wouldn’t be a Razer device without RGB

Razer had to add its patented Razer Chroma lighting to the Razer Phone 2. The triple snake logo on the back of the phone can now light up in any one of millions of colours.

But it’s not just for showing off. The lighting can be tuned to specific app notifications such as blue for FaceBook, green for Maps and so on.

The waterproof Boombox in your pocket

The first Razer Phone had industry-leading dual, front-facing speakers and the Razer Phone 2 makes them even louder. Upgraded hardware and the inclusion of Dolby Atmos support put this in a league of its own.

Consuming content or listening to music comes out loud, crisp and clear with no need for an external Bluetooth speaker.

But to keep your lovely mini-boombox safe, the Razer Phone 2 is now IP67 water and dust resistant. Which means if you get caught in a flash rainstorm sat the bus stop, your phone won’t die from the exposure.

Improved camera

If there was a complaint with the last gen Razer Phone, its camera had to be it. The pictures were simply lacklustre compared to other similarly priced phones.

Razer has done some work to address that with an improved dual camera setup with a 12 MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilisation (OIS) and a 12 MP telephoto lens with 2x zoom.

The picture quality remains to be seen but fingers crossed.

A humongous battery finally gets wireless charging

The Razer phone has one of the biggest batteries on any phone. A 4000 mAH rating assures you of comfortably getting through the day.

Where its predecessor was benchmarked for 10 hours of battery life at a screen refresh rate setting of 90 Hz, the Razer Phone 2 is optimised to also last 10 hours at a higher 120 Hz.

And now you can charge it wirelessly thanks to a new glass back. Plop it on any wireless charging dock and it will start sipping power.

For a much faster charge, using a USB-C cable will allow the Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ to charge the phone up to 50% in only 30minutes.

 

Optimized for gaming

There’s no point in a gaming phone if games don’t play better than a regular phone, right? Razer is working with a number of publishers to bring the best gaming experience to the Razer Phone 2.

The Razer Phone 2 has been optimized for today’s hottest mobile titles like PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds Mobile (PUBG Mobile), Rival Crimson x Chaos, Marvel Future Fight, Guns of Boom, RuneScape and more.

Availability

The Razer Phone 2 availability and pricing for Australia will be announced closer to the date. We will keep you informed as always.

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Kizito Katawongahttp://www.medium.com/@katawonga
Kizzy is our Tech Editor. He's a total nerd with design sensibilities who's always on the hunt for the latest, greatest and sexiest tech that enhances our work and play. When he's not testing the latest gadgets or trying to listen to his three whirlwind daughters, Kizzy likes to sink deep into a good story-driven single player game.

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