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Razer Phone 2 hands-on review – is this the ultimate smartphone for gamers?

RAZER has unveiled a new smartphone designed for “mobile gaming and esports”.

It’s a long-awaited sequel to last year’s surprisingly popular Razer Phone – the first handset from a company best known for making gaming mice and keyboards.

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The Razer Phone 2 is a handset designed for video game fans

This year’s model looks largely the same, featuring a boxy design with a huge bezel that gives you plenty to grip onto.

It might look outdated, but there’s an important reason why Razer has adopted this design.

Razer has used the space either side of the screen to stuff in large stereo speakers, which The Sun can verify sound ruddy fantastic.

It’s also important that your screen is free from fingers when mobile gaming – so the design might not be gorgeous, but it’s definitely practical.

 You can choose any one of 16million colours for the back of the phone's light-up logo

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You can choose any one of 16million colours for the back of the phone’s light-up logo

In terms of gaming chops, Razer is powered by Qualcomm’s speediest processor – the Snapdragon 845.

That’s the same chipset that you’ll find inside the Samsung Galaxy S9 and Note 9, and the new Sony Xperia XZ3.

Razer has further boosted performance by introducing a “vapour chamber cooling” system that aims to reduce heat – letting the processor work at full throttle for as long as possible.

 The handset has a high-performance 120Hz display

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The handset has a high-performance 120Hz display

Razer Phone 2 tech specs – the geeky details you need to know

Here are the technical specifications…

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 (2.8GHz) chip
  • 8GB LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64GB UFS storage
  • MicroSD support (up to 1TB)
  • 5.72-inch IGZO LCD screen
  • 1440 x 2560-pixel display resolution
  • 120Hz “wide colour gamut” display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection
  • Dual rear camera – 12MP f/1.75 wide-angle + 12MP f/2.6 telephoto
  • Front camera – 8MP f/2.0
  • Stereo front-facing speakers
  • USB-C charging port (with 3.5mm audio adapter)
  • 4,000mAh battery
  • Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
  • Wireless Fast Charging
  • IP67 water resistance
  • 158.5 x 78.99 x 8.5mm body
  • Android 8.1 operating system

But quality performance doesn’t mean much if there’s not a decent display to render gorgeous gaming visuals on.

Razer has fitted its new phone with a large 5.72-inch screen that’s got a fairly dense 1,440 x 2,560-pixel resolution.

It’s an LCD display rather than a more premium OLED, which is disappointing, and the panel is smaller than both the iPhone XS and iPhone XS Max.

But in my short time with the phone, I was very impressed with the quality of the display – and particularly the brightness, which reaches a lofty 645 nits.

The panel also has a 120Hz refresh rate, making for buttery smooth visuals.

 Razer is charging £779 for the new blower – less than the latest flagships from Apple and Samsung

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Razer is charging £779 for the new blower – less than the latest flagships from Apple and Samsung

Perhaps the biggest change from the original Razer Phone is a “vastly improved” camera, a Razer spokesperson tells The Sun.

Last year’s model was a bit rubbish in the photography department – so Razer has now fitted its latest version with a dual-lens camera to boost its snapping potential.

Other points to note? You get a large 4,000mAh battery for “all-day gaming”, as well as a generous 8GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

And Razer has built its Chroma colour technology into the logo on the back.

This means you’ll be able to have the back of your phone glowing in any one of around 16million different colours.

Razer is also peddling a dock alongside the phone, which wirelessly charges the handset.

Unsurprisingly, the dock is also Chroma enabled, so it’ll light up your desk with a funky glow of your choosing.

The handset is available to order for £779 from 8.01am UK time on October 11.

What do you think of Razer’s new phone? Let us know in the comments!


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