Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last six months, you’ve probably heard about Fortnite and PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds. These games are extremely popular, particularly on mobile, which has led to the rise of the gaming phone. Razer leaped into the fray lat year with its self-titled device, the Razer Phone, which was the first to offer a display with a 120-Hertz refresh rate for smoother and more responsive gameplay.  

Now the company is back with the next iteration of its gamer-centric smartphone, and it’s chock-full of improvements, including a brighter display, even more powerful speakers, faster performance and water resistance. Starting at $799, I had an opportunity to go hands-on with the Razer Phone 2, and I am pleased to report that it is more powerful than ever with a flashy new backside. Here are my first impressions.

Razer Phone 2 Cheat Sheet: What’s New?

  • The Razer Phone 2 sports a 120-Hz display that’s optimized for gaming, and now it’s even brighter at 645 nits.
  • Front dual speakers are the loudest we’ve ever heard on a phone, and the design is now water resistant.
  • It packs a huge 4,000 mAh battery with quick charging.
  • The illuminated logo on the back can glow millions of colors.
  • Razer says the dual rear cameras are improved, and there’s a front 8-MP camera for streaming in full HD.

Razer Phone 2 Specs and Pricing

Price $799, $899
Screen (Resolution) 5.7 inches (2560 x 1440)
CPU Snapdragon 845
Storage 64GB
Rear Camera 12-MP wide-angle (f/1.75), 12-MP telephoto (f/2.6)
Front Camera 8-MP (f/2.0)
Battery 4,000 mAh
Android 8.1
Size 6.2 x 3.1 x 0.3 inches
Weight 7.76 ounces


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