Razer Phone 2 announced: next-gen gaming phone costs $799

Razer Phone 2: the best gaming smartphone ever? 1440p 120Hz mobile display has been improved again.

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Razer has just made its next-gen Razer Phone 2 smartphone official, a new phone that has a bunch of tweaks and adjustments made to it in the pursuit of making the best gaming smartphone ever.

Razer Phone 2 announced: next-gen gaming phone costs $799 | TweakTown.com

The new Razer Phone 2 features the same 5.7-inch 2560x1440 120Hz IGZO-based LCD, a beefed up Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor, 8GB of RAM, and it starts with 64GB of storage. Razer Phone 2 also has expandable storage, so you can throw in a large microSD card - or you could wait for the 128GB version which is coming at a later date.

A big change to the new Razer Phone 2 is that the company redesigned the entire camera system from the ground up, using Sony sensors compared to the Samsung sensors in the first-gen Razer Phone. The new 12-megapixel dual-lens camera on the back are massively improved over the first-gen Razer Phone, with optical image stabilization included.

Razer's Senior Manager in Hardware Engineering Vivek Gowri explained that the new cameras also get improved depth information, with software algorithms being tuned for an overall improvement in the camera on Razer Phone 2. HDR, autofocus, and low-light processing were all redesigned from scratch. Gowri said: "We basically started from scratch. Nothing was carried over from the first-gen. That was something that we consciously recognized we had to change in order to be truly flagship level".

Razer is using a vapor chamber cooling system on the Razer Phone 2, something that was inspired by their custom gaming laptop cooling technology. Gowri continued: "Typically in the past, we would be using a heat pipe, which is a thin strip that moves heat from one point in the phone to the other. With the vapor chamber, we're able to spread the heat across the entire surface of the phone".

The operating temperature and cooling inside of a smartphone that is used for gaming, where the CPU and GPU are normally pretty much at 100% at all times, can get hot. Not just in temperature, but the battery being drained this quickly also gets hot. Performance is NOT throttled on Razer Phone 2, with Gowri adding: "We don't do that. People are not playing these AAA titles for five minutes; they're playing them for 30 minutes or more. We need the phones to run at high levels of performance at extended periods of time".

Razer Phone 2 Specifications

  • Display size/refresh: 5.7-inch 2560x1440 120Hz
  • Display type: IGZO LCD
  • Rear camera: 12-megapixel dual-lens
  • Front camera: 8-megapixel
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
  • GPU: Adreno 630
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Storage: 64GB + expandable
  • Battery: 4000mAh
  • Audio: Dual front-facing speakers
  • OS: Android 8.1 + Razer customization
  • Price: $799

Some more goodies:

  • IP67-rated water-resistance (up to 30m)
  • Wireless charging
  • Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ (50% charge in 30 minutes)

Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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