It was solely final 12 months that Razer finalized its buy of Nextbit and rapidly launched the Razer Cellphone—the world’s first gaming-centric smartphone. This 12 months’s Razer Cellphone 2 maintains its give attention to the distinctive design language and hardcore internals we cherished, whereas refining key weaknesses and including RGB for optimum ‘tude. My colleague Gordon Mah Ung and I obtained some hands-on time with the Razer Cellphone 2 a few weeks earlier than launch—and though it appears much like final 12 months’s model, it’s been reworked from the within out.
Razer Cellphone 2 specs and options
Introduced Wednesday, the Razer Cellphone 2 will probably be priced at $800 and will probably be out there for pre-order quickly. Beneath are the principle Razer Cellphone 2 specs (search for digital camera specs later within the story):
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz)
- System reminiscence: 8GB (LPDDR4X)
- Storage: Inside – 64GB V4 UFS / Exterior SIM + micro SD slot (as much as 2TB)
- Show: 5.72-inch IGZO LCD 1440×2560
- 120Hz, Vast Shade Gamut
- UltraMotion Know-how
- Corning Gorilla Glass 5
- 645 nits (typ.) 470 nits (min.)
- Energy: 4000 mAh Li-Po battery
- Qualcomm QuickCharge four.zero+
- Wi-fi Qi inductive quick charging
- Dimension: 158.5 x 78.99 x eight.5 mm
Blended emotions in regards to the glass again
I gained’t lie, I’m fairly bummed by the transfer from a brushed-aluminium again on the primary Razer Cellphone to a glass one. However there are some upsides. First off, the Razer Cellphone 2 now consists of Qi wi-fi charging for its 4000mAh battery (similar dimension as final 12 months). This can be a comfort that additionally permits Razer to promote a brand new wi-fi charging dock that’s lined with RGB lighting within the base. Sadly the dock doesn’t sync as much as Razer Synapse or Chroma studio on the PC.
Talking of RGB, Razer’s triple-headed snake brand on the again of the Razer Cellphone 2 now lights up. The impact is managed by the Chroma app, and has the standard RGB lighting options like respiration and spectrum—alongside the static possibility. The emblem can even mild up for notifications when you select, and has a brightness slider to manage the glow.
Regardless that the glass again does permit these options and extra to be positioned within the Razer Cellphone 2, I nonetheless want an all-metal telephone. The earlier mannequin felt prefer it might stand up to some critical put on and tear over time with out a case. The glass can have a adverse impact on temperature management as effectively, which has been reworked with this iteration.
Gordon grilled Razer over the brand new cooling design within the Razer Cellphone 2, and his first impressions are optimistic. To take care of the elevated warmth, Razer stated it switched from warmth pipes to a full vapor chamber design virtually as giant because the again of the telephone. Like warmth pipes, the vapor chamber helps wick warmth from the Snapdragon 845 and disperses it over a bigger floor space within the telephone, which ought to, in principle, higher assist in dissipation.
The vapor chamber, Razer claims, helps the Razer Cellphone 2 preserve clock speeds and body charges most different telephones can’t, on account of warmth buildup in lengthy gaming classes. The one different telephone that we all know of to function a vapor chamber is the Asus ROG Cellphone, additionally geared toward avid gamers. The ROG Cellphone’s “3D vapor-chamber” appears to be considerably smaller than the design Razer picked, nevertheless it does mix a number of layers. Razer is claiming a 20-percent to 30-percent enchancment over final 12 months’s telephone geared up with a Snapdragon 835. We’ll have to attend for evaluations to evaluate how efficient the cooling is.
Within the new Razer Cortex app you’ll discover a listing of video games put in on the machine, every with its personal customized settings—just like the Sport Booster app on the primary Razer Cellphone. Not like most sport launchers put in on Android telephones, you possibly can tune every sport to run the way in which you’d like, with discrete toggles for CPU clock speeds, display decision, body fee, and anti-aliasing. When it’s not price digging that deep into every sport to set such configurations, you should utilize preset sliders on both a per-game foundation, or on the telephone as a complete.
As extra gaming-oriented telephones hit the market, I’ve but to see any translate a extra desktop-like expertise to your pocket. Based mostly on final 12 months’s mannequin, Razer is aware of find out how to give attention to its key demographic with out bogging down the remainder of the telephone. Gaming focus apart, nonetheless, this telephone nonetheless must function effectively in day-to-day use, and we’ll make sure you take a look at that.
Aggressive specs at a gentle worth
I used to be stunned final 12 months by the excessive $800 price ticket of the primary Razer Cellphone, however am much more stunned this 12 months that Razer is sticking to that worth for the Razer Cellphone 2—contemplating the development upward from the business as a complete. On high of an already buttery-smooth 120Hz display that’s brighter and extra vibrant than final 12 months’s, the Razer Cellphone 2 has introduced much more punch to the audio system. It was onerous to check with out getting extra time with the telephone, however the transient expertise was spectacular.
Throw in the truth that the Razer Cellphone 2 now’s rated for IP67 mud and water safety, and it continues to be a flagship telephone that contends with the most effective of them.
Improved digital camera
One among my important areas of focus right here at PCWorld is on smartphone digital camera testing (try Last Cam Standing), and I used to be very disenchanted by the picture taking expertise on the primary Razer Cellphone. Regardless that the digital camera improved over time by means of software program updates, it was nonetheless the weakest level in what was in any other case a powerhouse.
For the Razer Cellphone 2, Razer has switched from Samsung to Sony IMX sensors for the dual-camera module and added OIS (optical picture stabilization) to the principle lens. Beneath are the digital camera specs:
- Rear cameras
- Entrance digital camera
- 8MP f/2.zero
- Video [email protected]
Razer was very conscious of the shortcomings of the digital camera system within the first Razer Cellphone, and promised some main enhancements within the sequel. Throughout my hands-on I didn’t get sufficient time with the digital camera to say come what may, however I’ll embrace the deep testing within the overview.
We’ll be following up with testing of the Razer Cellphone 2 and a overview. As it is a telephone centered on gaming, we’ll embrace comparisions to different gaming telephones such because the ROG Cellphone and Honor Play.