Razer Phone 2 Review & Pros And Cons

Picture of the Razer Phone 2, by Razer

- Analysis by KJ David

A tweaked version of Razer's debut gaming smartphone, the Razer Phone 2 blusters with a gaming-caliber 5.72-inch IGZO-LCD display with a whopping 120Hz refresh rate through the brand's UltraMotion Technology (probably to mimic a gaming monitor) and a 2560 x 1440 Quad HD screen definition that rivals those of the best phablets available as of this specs-based review. Note, though, that it passes up on an 18:9 (or 19:9) aspect ratio , which was quite popular among upmarket smartphones when it came out.

This gamer-friendly smartphone is not all about pros, however, since it only comes with 64GB of native memory , which sounds quite underwhelming, especially versus the humongous 256GB and 512GB native memory caps offered by some of its gaming rivals like the Xiaomi Black Shark and the Asus ROG Phone. Its rather unremarkable 8-megapixel f/2.0 front-facing camera sounds like a slight con as well, although one cannot really expect a performance-first smartphone to put that much effort into selfies.

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Going into its other hardware pros and cons, this Razer-branded Android runs on a Snapdragon 845 eight-core processor clocked at 2.8GHz , which was one of the go-to chips among the fastest smartphones featured here on Phonerated at the time of writing. Moreover, it boasts a premium-class 8GB LPDDR4X RAM (Check out other monstrous 8GB-RAM phones here) and a vapor chamber cooling system designed to dissipate heat during heavy gaming sessions , the latter obviously inspired by the cooling technologies of full-blown gaming PC rigs. The Razer Phone 2 also comes preloaded with signature Razer apps like Game Booster and Razer Cortex Mobile.

Joining the mix is a dual 12-megapixel rear camera setup consisting of one wide-angle lens infused with optical image stabilization and one telephoto lens for standard photography. Its dual-lens system enables 4K-2160p video-recording and is accompanied by a dual-tone LED flash.

This 2nd-edition Razer Phone dons a Razer Chroma RGB logo at the back whose lighting effects can be customized according to the user's preferences, while the rest of its exterior passes IP67 rugged certifications for waterproofing -- both features were absent in the first Razer Phone's list of pros and cons. It is powered by a respectable 4000mAh wireless-charging-compatible battery and it blasts audio through dual front-firing speakers clubbed with the Dolby Atmos audio technology .

With Mirror Black and Satin Black being its color options, the Razer Phone 2 obviously calls out to hardcore mobile gamers who value performance more than anything else.

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