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Razer Phone 2: $799 smartphone gaming beast that is every gamer’s dream

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With the smartphone gaming industry gaining popularity every year, that’s where this gaming manufacturer moved into the smartphone industry – Razer Phone 2 is the outcome of it.

Before we begin, let’s take a quick glance at its predecessor from last year:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~515 ppi density
  • Aluminium body
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm MSM8998 Snapdragon 835 chipset, Octa-core (4x2.35 GHz Kryo & 4x1.9 GHz Kryo) processor, Adreno 540 graphics and 8GB RAM
  • Dual 12MP primary camera with f/1.8 aperture + 13 MP, f/2.6 aperture, 2x optical zoom, phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 256GB maximum
  • Android Nougat 7.1.1
  • Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging
  • Dual-sim and 4G LTE
  • November 2017 release date
  • USD 699 price tag

With the tagline “For Gamers, By Gamers”, Razer Phone’s maiden voyage into the smartphone territory was well-received. It received an overwhelming response and offered a lot of alternatives to those who are already hooked to console and PC gaming.

                             

Razer Phone 2 is already waiting in line to replace it. One year is a long time in the smartphone arena, so here’s to the updated gaming smartphone:

  • 5.72-inch Quad HD IGZO IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio or ~513 ppi density
  • Front glass, aluminium body
  • RGB Illuminated Razer Chroma Logo on the back
  • IP67 dust/water resistant (up to 1m for 30 mins)
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Qualcomm SDM845 Snapdragon 845 (10 nm) chipset, Octa-core (4x2.8 GHz Kryo 385 Gold & 4x1.7 GHz Kryo 385 Silver) processor, Adreno 630 and 8GB RAM
  • Dual primary camera setup: 12MP with f/1.8 aperture, 25mm (wide), 1/2.55", 1.4µm, dual pixel PDAF and OIS + 12MP with f/2.6 aperture, 1/3.1", 1.0µm, 2x optical zoom, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, panorama and HDR
  • 8MP secondary camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • 64GB internal storage + microSD expansion slot up to 512GB maximum
  • Dolby Atmos stereo speakers (THX-certified amplifiers)
  • Android Oreo 8.1 with a planned upgrade to Android Pie 9.0
  • Non-removable Li-Po 4000 mAh battery with Fast battery charging and Wireless charging
  • Expected October 2018 release date
  • USD 799 price tag

A quick glance over the Razer Phone 2, there seems to be a lot of improvements on its predecessor.

Let’s begin with the screen size, with this flagship gaming smartphone getting a slight bump on its size. When it comes to mobile gaming, the UltraMotion™ technology reigns supreme. It still is the only smartphone with a true 120Hz screen, and that includes both touch sampling and display refresh rate. Break into your favourite mobile games at silky-smooth speed with no lag, complete with a response that’s accurate to the touch.

Regarding protection, the Razer Phone 2 is more robust than its predecessor. It has been tested with up to IP67, so it stays protected when submerged into 1 meter of water. Brave the outdoors and withstand the elements with a mobile phone that is built to survive any weather. Even the screen now receives the protection of Gorilla Glass 5.

Under the hood of the Razer Phone 2 is one of the best, if not the best regarding performance. Nothing beats the power of the Snapdragon 845 paired with a blazingly fast Kryo octa-core processor, highest-end Adreno 630 graphics and 8GB RAM. It is even more potent than any other consoles out there.

But why stop on the performance aspect alone? By participating in long hours of gaming, you still be able to stay cool in the heat of the battle. Here’s where Razer Phone 2 have engineered a cooling system that efficiently sustains higher average frame rates, for a cooler and more comfortable experience. The vapour-chamber cooling system allows heat to spread throughout the phone via a custom vapour chamber which vastly increases the surface area for heat to dissipate, resulting in fewer hot spots. This allows higher performance and stability compared to traditional cooling methods.

And traditionally, a flagship smartphone has typically a powerful camera to boot as well. Razer Phone 2 lets you create stunning photographs and shoot Full HD video. Featuring dual lenses with dual Sony IMX Sensors, and a rear camera with a 120FPS video frame rate. Capture picture-perfect moments with larger pixels and acute colour accuracy, even in low light conditions. The front camera supports 60FPS FHD video for super-smooth face cam footage while streaming or chatting.

A gamer’s experience would not be complete without an engaging sound system. The Razer Phone 2 flexes its superiority in music and entertainment with Dolby Atmos dual front-firing stereo speakers. It supports both HDR and 5.1 surround sound content with extended bass response.

Finally, with the planned upgrade to Android Pie 9.0 operating system – it is only a matter of time before it gets the optimisation it needs.

Conclusion:

Razer Phone 2 is the result of industry-leading gaming performance meeting premium flagship features of a smartphone. Here’s to it unleashing supreme mobile gaming power, and even lets you enjoy an unparalleled mobile entertainment experience. This time it comes with a host of upgrades: an upgraded processor with vapour chamber cooling, wireless charging, water resistance, and the long-awaited illuminated logo with Razer Chroma™. This is Flagship Gaming at its best.

Razer Phone 2 is expected to be released in the next couple of days for USD 799 and will be available in either Mirror Back or Rugged Satin colour.

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