Gaming company Razer Phone is launching a new smartphone that the company says offers better performance, takes better photos, and adds RGB lighting effects plus support for wireless charging.

At first glance the new Razer Phone 2 looks a lot like last year’s Razer Phone. But flip it over and you’ll notice the glass back which helps make wireless charging possible. And you’ll also see the RGB lighting that allows the Razer logo to light up: it can glow in 16.8 million different colors.

The Razer Phone 2 goes up for pre-order October 11th for $799.

The new phone still has one signature feature that made the original Razer Phone distinctive: a 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel IGZO display with a 120 Hz refresh rate. But Razer says the new model has a display that’s 50 percent brighter.

Razer has also upgraded the audio hardware and added Dolby Atmos sound for improved audio volume and clarity.

This year’s model is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 5, an upgrade from Gorilla Glass 3. But for the most part the front of the phone hasn’t changed much.

In addition to the glass back and illuminated logo, there’s one other change to the back of the phone: dual cameras. The Razer Phone 2 features a 12MP primary camera with an f/1.75 aperture and optical image stabilization and a secondary 12MP 2X telephoto lens with an f/2.6 aperture.

The cameras support dual phase detection autofocus and have dual tone, duel LED flash.

The front-facing camera is an 8MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture.

Other specs include:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor
  • 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM
  • 64GB of UFS storage
  • microSD card slot for up to 1TB of removable storage
  • Stereo front-facing speakers
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • 802.11ac WiFi
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • IP67 water resistance (for up to 30 minutes submersion)
  • Android 8.1

Razer says the phone supports Qualcomm QuickCharge 4+ technology, allowing you to get a 50 percent charge in a half hour.

While the phone does not have a dedicated headphone jack, Razer will include a USB Type-C to 3.5mm adapter in the box.

The company is also introducing a new line of moile gaming accessories including the Razer Raiju Mobile Bluetooth gamepad with four remappable function buttons.

The Razer Hammerhead USB-C ANC in-ear headset with active noise cancellation and a digital audio converter capable of 24-bit/96 kHz audio.

The Raiju Mobile gamepad should be available later this year for $150, and the HammerHead USB-ANC is coming October 22nd for $100.



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5 replies on “Razer Phone 2 is coming soon for $799”

  1. I’m not really interested in the phone, but that controller actually might be kinda nice…

  2. Looks nice, but I’ll be waiting for a durability test by JerryRigEverything, and a battery test by Xeetechcare.

    Two major weakpoints of the first, despite the fact it had an Aluminium body which is historically durable, and a very large battery which usually leads to great/best battery endurance.

  3. Why would someone get this now, with far superior Cortex A76-based phones coming out soon? I mean, I can understand if this came out 4-6 months ago but…

    1. You do have a point.
      I was patiently waiting for Cortex A75/QSD 845 for several years now, and am mildly disappointed. The Samsung Galaxy S7’s Exynos 8890 was great back in its day, but is noticeably slower today….if you run stock. I’ve seen modded versions of that giving the QSD 835 and QSD 845 a run for its money.

      We’re talking about 10% slower and using 10% more power… there’s not a big gulf between the Early 2016 chips and Late 2018 chips, and that’s 3 Years!

      Let’s see what Qualcomm, Samsung, and Huawei do with TSMC’s 7nm in 2019.

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