Razer Phone 2 review
Our Razer Phone 2 review looks at a smartphone that takes mobile gaming to a whole new level. If you are looking for the ultimate phone for work and play, then the Razer Phone 2 should be top of the list.
The Razer Phone 2 has a 5.7-inch IGZO IPS LCD display. This 120Hz panel has a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Amazing gaming graphics and high refresh rates mean the gaming action is smooth and fast-paced. The screen has been improved from the previous phone with a 50% brighter screen and better colour accuracy.
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UltraMotion technology created by Razer has been developed to give an amazing gaming performance. Touch sampling and a 120Hz refresh rate give you incredibly responsive gaming action as well as smooth and seamless gameplay. This is the only true 120Hz display used on a smartphone.
Vapour cooling chamber
The Razer Phone 2 has a Snapdragon 845 2.8GHz processor onboard and a vapour cooling system allows heat to spread and dissipate. These vapour chambers spread the heat over a larger surface area reducing the risk of hot spots. Better stability and increased performance are the main benefits of this type of cooling system.
The phone features the Razer logo on the back and the manufacturer has included something a little extra. Not content with a simple etched or painted logo on the back, Razer has included Razer Chroma RGB Lighting. You can customise the logo with lighting colours of your choice and sync the logo to incoming notifications. You can choose three different lighting effects:
The Razer Phone 2 weighs in at 220g and measures 8.5mm thick, not bad for all that advanced technology that is packed in there. The phone is available in black in a choice of either a high-shine mirror finish or matte.
Phone Set Up
Expandable memory up to 1TB
The Razer 2 Phone has a 64GB memory and 8GB RAM, this incredible package means performance is superb whatever you are doing. When you want to set up the phone, that 64GB memory will offer lots of space for transferring photos and music from your old phone. If you need more space there is a microSD card slot which can be take cards up to 1TB. That should be all the space you need no matter how many photos or videos you take.
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The phone includes a fingerprint sensor mounted on the side of the device. The Razer Phone 2 fingerprint reader is responsive and quick when it comes to unlocking the phone. The side-mounted position feels natural as it is where your finger will usually sit when picking up the phone.
Nova Launcher Prime
The Razer Phone 2 is an Android Oreo phone and this has been enhanced with the Nova Launcher Prime. This pre-installed launcher is highly customisable. You can choose everything from skins to customising multiple settings making the phone truly personalised to you. This is one of the most well-known and popular mobile launchers for Android. The polished performance and multitude of options for personalisation have made this the launcher chosen by many Android users.
Razer Cortex Mobile
The Razer Phone 2 includes the Razer Cortex Mobile app. This brings enhanced games performance and improved system efficiency on the phone when playing. The top features of this include:
- Game Booster - unlock the full potential of the phone with optimisation and performance enhancement. You can choose to adjust various settings yourself or use the Automated Mode for quick and easy activation.
- System Boost - the gaming app also boosts the phone performance by cleaning out junk files to optimise space and overall device performance
- Game deals - you will be able to explore the latest deals on games from various digital stores and receive notifications of new discounts and special offers
Dolby Atmos sound
As the Razer Phone 2 is entertainment machine the manufacturer has also made sure the audio is as good as can be. Front-facing stereo speakers include Dolby Atmos 5.1 digital surround sound technology. With an extended bass response and support for HDR, this phone is great for catching up on your Netflix favourites on the move.
Camera & Video
Dual lens camera
You can capture the world around you in stunning detail with the dual-lens camera on the back of the Razer Phone 2. The two cameras include Sony IMX Sensors with optical image stabilisation and a wide lens for capturing more in landscapes. The advanced colour accuracy and larger pixels captured by the Razer Phone 2 makes for beautiful images that you will want to share. Video capture can be recorded at 4K resolution and other features include dual-LED flash with dual-tone and Dual Phase Detection Autofocus. You get lots of shooting modes including Panorama, HDR and Continuous Shot as well as plenty of post-shot editing features to perfect the final image before posting it online.
The camera is made up of:
- 12-megapixel wide-angle lens f/1.75 aperture
- 12-megapixel telephoto lens f/2.6 aperture
Selfie fans can capture great shots with the 8-megapixel front-facing camera. The camera has an f/2.0 aperture and can capture video at 1080p.
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The Razer Phone 2 has an excellent 4,000mAh battery with Qualcomm QuickCharge+. This industry-leading power pack will give you plenty of power for all-day use. Wireless charging is available and Razer offers a Razer Chroma wireless charging base (sold separately).
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Written by: Carmel Brown