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Razer Phone 2 with wireless charging support launched for $799

13 October 2018

Razer's new phone also comes with upgraded cameras although on paper it would seem like the Razer Phone 2 has the same hardware as the original.

Now, the firm is hoping to right its wrongs with the newly released Razer Phone 2.

The gaming devices maker has been pegging its smartphones more superior to gaming.

Compared to its predecessor, this new iteration does not feature any significant improvements in any one specific area, but rather ups the specifications across the board. Still there are companies like Razer - and more recently ROG - which are trying to carve out a niche, in a manner similar to how they did it in the PC business.

The phone has an incredible RGB backlit logo, IP67, and wireless charging. It is now IP67-certified for water- and dust-resistance. Or, if you're feeling more fun, then the Razer Chroma app (pre-installed) allows you to utilise the LED's 16.8 million colour spectrum to have the logo breathe (slow fade on/off), cycle through the full spectrum of colours, or remain on at all times in your colour of choice.

The Razer Phone 2 flaunts a 5.7-inch IGZO LCD display with Quad HD resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels and the company says, "it's still the only smartphone with a true 120Hz screen, and that includes both touch sampling and display refresh rate".

The 120hz screen makes a return, offering a buttery smooth gameplay experience that you won't find on other phones - the improved battery performance promises up to 10 hours battery life when playing games at 120hz which is a very impressive claim.

In terms of the display, the proportions and quality of the Razer Phone 2's screen are largely comparable to the prior model.

Inside the hood, Razer Phone 2 carries powerful Snapdragon 845 chipset, and the company has improved the thermals fitted inside to deliver impeccable performance. The phone has 8 GB RAM with 64GB storage and you can expand storage up to 2TB. Though the rear panel is made out of glass, its body is still the CNC-machined aluminum. It features a 12MP wide-angle lens with OIS and an f/1.75 aperture, and a 12MP telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture on the back.

Unlike the Pixel 3 which comes out with Pie on board, the new Razer Phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo out of the box. Both phones feature boxy chassis which have become a trademark for Razer Phones.

The phone has 4,000mAh battery enough to hold a day or two depends on your usage. There's the inclusion of wireless charging; the battery capacity wasn't revealed by the page, though. At the announcement, the company claimed that it can deliver almost 10 hours of on-screen time when the display refresh rate is set at 120Hz.

The Mirror Glass edition is priced at $799 while the Stain Glass edition with 128GB storage costs $899. CNET received an invite to the October 10 event back in September and while there isn't a specific mention of the follow-up to the original Razer Phone, the outline drawn on the invitation looks exactly like a phone. It will launch in the US, Europe and Asia-Pacific in Q4 for Dollars 799. And the terminal had quite a few good reviews by the specialized portals.

Razer Phone 2 with wireless charging support launched for $799