One year after entering the mobile industry with the Razer Phone, Razer has launched an updated model.
The Razer Phone 2 is now official, and while it may look similar to the first Razer Phone, there are some significant differences with the new model. One is that the Razer Phone 2 has a glass back, which has enabled Razer to add wireless charging support. The glass back has also allowed Razer to give its new phone a Chroma RGB backlit logo on the rear of the device that you can customize to light up different colors for different notifications.
Razer has also managed to add waterproofing to the new Razer Phone 2. The new model offers IP67 water resistance, which is an upgrade from the first Razer Phone that didn't offer any water protection.
The other big change has to do with the cameras. The new-look dual rear camera setup offers two sensors: one 12MP wide angle camera with OIS and f/1.75 aperture and one 12MP telephoto sensor. Razer says it focused on improving low-light performance with the Razer Phone 2's cameras as well as improving the UI and making the capture faster. Around on the front of the Razer Phone 2 is a an 8MP front-facing camera for all your selfies.
Inside of the Razer Phone 2 there's another notable upgrade: the Snapdragon 845 processor, which gets vapor chamber thermal cooling. Razer has included 8GB of RAM with the Razer Phone 2, as well, and the company says that the Razer Phone 2 is 20-30 percent faster than the original Razer Phone. Also included is 64GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot, and a 5.7-inch 2560x1440 display that offers a 120Hz refresh rate. Razer says that the display on the Razer Phone 2 is 50 percent brighter than the original Razer Phone's screen.
Rounding out the Razer Phone 2's feature set is a side-mounted fingerprint reader that's built into the power button, dual front-facing speakers with dedicated amps, Quick Charge 4+ to help recharge your phone in a hurry, Android 8.1 Oreo, 24-bit DAC for improved USB-C audio, and Gigabit LTE support. Powering the whole package is a 4000mAh battery, just like the original Razer Phone.
The Razer Phone 2 will be available in glossy Mirror (64GB) and matte Satin (128GB) versions, with the latter being exclusive to Razer's own store. Pricing for the Razer Phone 2 will be set at $799, up $100 from the price that the original model launched at. Pre-orders for the Mirror version of the Razer Phone 2 begin at 12:01 am PT on October 11th, with units shipping shortly thereafter. The Satin model will be coming later.