When Razer announced its Razer Phone as a ‘gaming smartphone’, a sizeable number scoffed at the idea – how can it be a gaming smartphone if everyone has the same flagship hardware? In Razer’s own words, they were ‘carving a new market’ , with features like a 120Hz Ultramotion display and HDR, as well as a special fast chip under the hood. Razer says it easily met their sales expectations, and they are ready to announce the Razer Phone 2, a refined model with a number of extra requested features.
The Razer Phone 2
The new phone looks, from the front, practically identical to the old one. It has the same 5.72-inch IGZO LCD display, with a 2560×1440 resolution and running up to a variable 40-120Hz. This display is rated at 645 nits peak, up to 50% higher than the previous Razer Phone, and also supports HDR.
Also on the front, it has two front facing speakers in identical positions to the previous generation, and it has a front facing camera and sensor (albeit with swapped positions). That front camera is an 8MP f/2.0 unit, capable of recording at 1080p60, a user-requested feature for streaming and selfie recording. The front of the device is Corning Gorilla Glass 5, an upgrade from GG3 in the last generation.
When we move to the rear, things change much more noticeably. Instead of the aluminium rear, Razer has a full Gorilla Glass 5 back, which helps enable Qi Wireless Charging, a much requested feature. This is alongside QuickCharge 4+ through a Type-C cable. On the rear we have the dual cameras, this time placed in the center just above the logo. This time around Razer has gone with a 20MP Sony IMX363 f/1.75 main camera with OIS, and an 8MP Sony IMX 351 f/2.6 telephoto camera to enable some extra zoom functionality. These cameras can record in 4K60 or 1080p120, although not in HDR.
One of the biggest criticisms with the original Razer phone was the rear camera quality, and Razer states that along with the hardware improvement, the software is also a step above the previous generation. In this instance the user has access to features such as panorama shot, portrait mode, face beauty, timer, and the usual things we expect from a modern smartphone camera. This is Razer’s second generation software, which means they’re still behind the main smartphone manufacturers who are on their 8th/9th versions of software, but a step in the right direction is a good thing.
Below the cameras is the Razer logo, which has a full 16.8million color RGB LED underneath which users can adjust through the onboard Chroma software.