Razer's updated Razer Phone offers an excellent screen and speakers along with Chroma RGB logo to tempt gamers, but it's a harder phone to recommend to the wider crowd.
- 120Hz screen works well for video and gaming
- Chroma logo is fun (if you like that sort of thing)
- Speakers are exceptionally good
- Camera isn't premium grade
- Big and blocky
- Phone gets warm with heavy use
The Razer Phone 2 is a decent choice for those who look to entertainment first on their smartphones, but the price and competition mean that it's not a phone for everybody.
Razer is best known for its gaming peripherals, so it was something of a surprise when it launched its first Android handset back in 2017.
Here in Australia we had to wait until mid-2018 for the Razer Phone to launch, but its successor, the Razer Phone 2 launches here essentially concurrently with its overseas launch.
Razer has made some significant improvements the second time around, but in such a fiercely contested space as the premium phone market in 2018, it's very much a phone for a niche of users.
- Blocky design.
- Chroma logo.
- IGZO LCD display.
- No headphone jack.
- Side-mounted fingerprint reader.
- Dual lens is OK, not great.
- Too easy to accidentally take burst shots on the side.
- Adjustable clock speeds and refresh rates.
- Low onboard storage.
- Speakers are a real standout.
- Notably warm under heavy load.
- Good battery life.
- Wireless charging capable.
- A good gaming phone, but there are plenty of those.
- Obvious appeal to the Razer fans.
Pricing and availability
Razer Phone 2
Razer takes its second crack at the smartphone market
The Razer Phone 2 improves upon its predecessor with an upgraded processor, a sharper dual-lens camera and official water resistance.
- The Razer Phone 2 sells in Australia for $1,249 outright, or on contract through Optus.
Razer Phone 2 specs
|Display size (inches)||5.72|
|Display resolution (pixels)||2560x1440|
|Pixels per inch (PPI)||513|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 845|
|Battery size (mAh)||4,000|
|Rear camera (1) resolution||12|
|Rear camera (1) aperture||1.75|
|Rear camera (2) resolution||12|
|Rear camera (2) aperture||2.6|
|Rear camera (3) resolution|
|Rear camera (3) aperture|
|Front camera (1) resolution||8|
|Front camera (1) aperture||2|
|Front camera (2) resolution|
|Front camera (2) aperture|
|Network category speed||Category 18|
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