Mobile Phones: Razer Phone 2 brings faster performance, Razer Chroma

Razer Phone 2 officially announced along with a mobile gamepad

Finally, the handset was listed with a 5.72-inch LCD display sporting a QHD resolution and 120Hz refresh variable rate. For the same price, you could buy the Razer Phone 2 instead, Razer's brand new gaming phone. Razer has also built-in a Vapor Chamber cooling system, which it claims will efficiently sustain higher average frame rates during extended gaming sessions while keeping the handset from heating up. Turning back to the front the Razer Phone 2 is said to be even louder and clearer with its upgraded speakers and Dolby Atmos.

How much does the Razer Phone 2 cost? Other specs and features include a 4,000mAh battery, IP67 water resistance, gigabit LTE, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, and Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+. The site also notes that the display is 50% brighter than before, at 580 nits peak brightness, and it apparently offers wide color support with 98.4% coverage of the DCI P3 gamut, according to Anandtech.

Razer has designed the Razer Phone 2 with a new glass back to support Wireless charging. Most of the annual improvements Razer introduced are unlikely to significantly affect one's everyday experience, provided they owned the original gaming phablet, though there's still no denying the Razer Phone 2 is more flashy and delivers noticeably more computational power. There's no 3.5mm headphone jack, but Razer bundles a 24-bit DAC dongle with the phone. On the front, it packs an 8MP camera.

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Measuring at 158.5x78.99x8.5mm, the design is similar to what we saw in the first Razer Phone previous year. A new rear dual-camera setup provides a 12 MP wide-angle lens with optical image stabilization (OIS) and a 12 MP telephoto lens with 2x zoom backed by Sony IMX sensors. And the back of the phone is made of glass to facilitate Qi wireless charging.

The phone has also been officially certified by Netflix for HDR video content, and Dolby Surround 5.1 audio content too. Razer pre-installs its mildly tweaked version of Android 8.1, and a good track record of updates for the original Razer Phone should reassure software-conscious buyers.

The Razer Phone 2 will be available for $799 in Mirror Black and in a Satin Black variant (will be available in Q4), in USA, Europe and Asia-Pacific.

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