The popular gaming laptop and accessories manufacturer Razer rolled in the smartphone industry last year with its Razer Phone. The company centralized on its gaming-centric approach with solid specs on paper.

Now we have an impressive and much-needed upgrade in the form of Razer Phone 2. Along with top-of-the-line specs in the new smartphones, Razer Phone 2 has the signature RGB lightning that was missing in the first installment. The second-generation Razer Phone 2 was officially announced earlier today and you are about to discover a handful of changes.

Design

Speaking on the design front, Razer Phone 2 has a couple of prominent changes over its predecessor. The bottom of the rear panel holds a customizable Razer Chroma RGB logo and the dual camera is now placed in the center, unlike the previous version where the rear camera was on the top left corner. The smartphone has a dual front-facing loudspeaker along with huge bezels and block-shaped structure.

Specifications

There is a Snapdragon 845 chipset for a change in the brain. The processor clocks at a speed of 2.8GHz and is coupled with an Adreno 630 visual chip. Remember the vapor chamber? The cooling technology first introduced in Razer’s Blade 15 laptop. The company has engineered a scaled-down version of that for Razer Phone 2 to cope with heat dissipation. The RAM gets a substantial upgrade to 8GB now with LTE gigabit antennas. There is an internal storage of 64GB and a big battery power of 4,000 mAh. Android 8.1 with Nova Launcher by default will interact with users. A new Android flagship device should not move to market with an outdated operating system out-of-the-box.

The display, which is the highlight according to the company, is a 5.72-inch 2560 x 1440 pixels QHD screen with up to 120Hz refresh rate. In addition to that, the phone holds IP67 rating for dust and water resistance, which its predecessor missed.

Razer Phone 2 has a glass back and supports wireless charging. It will support your charging mat or you can go for Razer’s new Chroma USB-C powered charging stand for $99, which can charge while propping the phone up or laying it down.

The smartphone’s rear end holds dual shooters, one 12MP and other 13MP snapper sporting Sony camera sensors. One is a wide-angle snapper and another one is the regular one. For selfies, there is an 8MP lens in front which is a pretty impressive front cam for a flagship device. Razer has introduced a better-looking camera app with ample improvement in color reproduction and clarity. The phone will be sold unlocked in the USA for $799 from Razer and its e-commerce partners. The pre-orders are on from today for Mirror Black variant but shipping dates are yet to be announced. Another variant- Satin Black is lined up for release later this year.

Verdict

The companies with an approach of making gaming laptops, such as Razer and Asus for starters are now turning to smartphone manufacturing with a lone difference from other devices, the refresh rates. They are somewhere not mature enough to stay in competition with flagship devices of the likes of Samsung and Apple. Smoother on-screen visuals are not enough to beat the high-end performing devices of big smartphone companies. This is a decent “gaming-style” device but Razer should also think of targeting the non-gaming market.