Razer has introduced the second iteration of its gaming-focused Razer Telephone. Referred to as the Razer Telephone 2, the machine improves the digital camera, provides wi-fi charging, and bumps up the specs throughout the board in comparison with its predecessor.

The primary draw continues to be its display screen. The 5.7-inch LCD show has a 2560×1440-pixel decision, HDR help (HDR-10), 645 nits of most brightness, and Broad Coloration Gamut with 98.four% of DCI-P3. However the large declare to fame is a most refresh price of 120Hz with Ultramotion expertise; the refresh price is variable, going as little as 40Hz. The audio setup can be notable; this telephone has stereo audio system which are Dolby Atmos licensed.

Supporting buzzy hardcore gamer techs like HDR, Atmos, and 120Hz is just about what the Razer Telephone 2 is all about. That is partly as a result of it is troublesome to distinguish flagship Android telephones on efficiency after they all have the identical SoC—Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 845. And that is another excuse promoting an Android telephone as the perfect gaming machine is a problem; that chip is considerably outperformed by Apple’s A11 and A12 in final yr’s and this yr’s iPhones. And the iOS platform has typically been a extra vibrant one for high-quality video games than Android, although that is to not say there aren’t loads of nice Android video games.

Razer claims it has managed to make this telephone quicker than most due to “vapor chamber cooling,” which the corporate says permits the telephone to attract 20-30 p.c extra energy than competing Android telephones. It is associated to related expertise used within the Razer Blade gaming laptop computer.

The Razer Telephone 2 additionally has a hefty 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Different specs and options embody a four,000mAh battery, IP67 water resistance, gigabit LTE, 802.11ac WiFi, Bluetooth 5.zero, NFC, and Qualcomm QuickCharge four.zero+. Like its predecessor, it solely is available in one storage configuration at launch—64GB—nevertheless it has a microSD slot for extra storage.

The earlier Razer Telephone was criticized for its mediocre digital camera. There are enhancements to the rear digital camera on this replace, in response to Razer. It makes use of a dual-lens system with a large 12MP f/1.75 lens and a 12MP f/2.6 telephoto lens, plus a twin LED flash. It could actually file 4K video.

Measuring at 158.5×78.99×8.5mm, the design is much like what we noticed within the first Razer Telephone final yr. The entrance nonetheless appears like a new-color-scheme evolution of the Nextbit Robin. (Razer acquired Nextbit, and that acquisition led to this line of telephones). The audio system occupy a lot of the highest and backside bezels (when oriented in portrait mode), and the bezels alongside the edges are fairly small. The 8MP f/2.zero front-facing digital camera and flash sit on the prime, too. There is not any notch right here.

Nevertheless, the absence of a notch within the show does not imply the telephone would not take some cues from latest flagship telephone traits that originated in Apple’s iPhone—more likely to many customers’ frustration. There is not any three.5mm headphone jack—only a USB-C port. And the again of the telephone is made from glass to facilitate Qi wi-fi charging. However Razer is engaged on a matte different that additionally occurs to have 128GB of storage, as a result of the corporate is aware of not everyone seems to be a fan of the glass backs. Razer says that model is coming “at a later date.” However the glass is Gorilla Glass 5, an improve in sturdiness in comparison with the GG3 used within the display screen in final yr’s Razer Telephone.

Additionally, it would not be gaming with out RGB lighting. Not like final yr’s telephone, Razer Chroma is supported for the emblem on the again, and you may customise it to your flashy coronary heart’s content material, in the event you’re into that kind of factor.

The largest letdown is arguably that the Razer Telephone 2 is launching with Android eight.1 (with Nova Launcher) quite than Android Pie, although Razer says it’s engaged on an replace to Pie that can come later. Razer made good on an identical promise with the final telephone, so we’re anticipating the replace to really occur on schedule—it is only a disappointment that it needs to be an replace in any respect.

On the intense facet, Razer’s telephone comes with its Razer Cortex Cellular app, which features a curated listing of video games like PlayUnknown’s Battlegrounds—a few of which Razer says will get customized efficiency profiles and optimizations from the builders—in addition to recreation booster, a software that permits you to tweak the body price, clock velocity, and different settings of particular person video games to realize the perfect steadiness between efficiency, visuals, and battery life.

The Razer Telephone 2 ships October 22 for $800. Razer can be launching a number of equipment to go along with it—an attachable recreation controller, a case, a display screen protector, and a wi-fi charging station.

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