Razer Phone 2 review: Plans | Pricing | Specs

Razer Phone 2
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Quick verdict

Razer's updated Razer Phone offers an excellent screen and speakers, along with Chroma RGB logo to tempt in the gamers, but it's a harder phone to recommend to the wider phone buying crowd.

The good

  • 120Hz screen works well for video and gaming
  • Chroma logo is fun (if you like that sort of thing)
  • Speakers are exceptionally good

The bad

  • Camera isn't premium grade
  • Big and blocky
  • Phone gets warm with heavy use

Razer Phone 2 at a glance
When will the Razer Phone 2 come out? The Razer Phone 2 will hit Aussie shores in November 2018
What’s new about the Razer Phone 2? Snapdragon 845 processor, IP67 water resistance, dual-lens 12MP camera
How much will the Razer Phone 2 cost? $1249

Razer has made a lot of improvements for its second generation Razer Phone. It's 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.

RRazer 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.

Design

  • Blocky design.
  • Chroma logo.
  • IGZO LCD display.
  • No headphone jack.
  • Side-mounted fingerprint reader.

Camera

  • Dual lens is OK, not great.
  • Too easy to accidentally take burst shots on the side.

Performance

  • Adjustable clock speeds and refresh rates.
  • Low onboard storage.
  • Speakers are a real standout.
  • Notably warm under heavy load.

Battery life

  • Good battery life.
  • Wireless charging capable.

Verdict

  • 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.

Promoted
  • The Razer Phone 2 sells in Australia for $1,249 outright, or on contract through Optus.
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OS Android 8
Display size (inches) 5.72
Display resolution (pixels) 2560x1440
Pixels per inch (PPI) 513
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
Height (mm) 158.5
Width (mm) 78.99
Depth (mm) 8.5
Weight (g)
Battery size (mAh) 4,000
Wireless charging Qi
Internal storage 64GB
MicroSD expansion 2TB
Fingerprint scanner No
RAM 8GB
Water resistance IP67
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
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Network category speed Category 18
NFC support No
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Updated December 14th, 2018
Name Product Processor type Display size Display resolution Internal storage Provider in CTA
Snapdragon 835
5.7
2560 x 1440
64GB
Qualcomm Snapdragon 845
5.72
2560x1440
64GB

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