Razer is known for its awesome gaming products – headsets, keyboards, hardware and mice. The Razer totes their newest device as the best gaming experience you can get on a smartphone. From its astronomically powerful hardware to its stripped-back and simplified Android operating system, everything about this phone is designed to be as powerful and effective as possible.
However, some people don’t think that you can get a good gaming experience on a mobile device. Smartphones are not the same as gaming computers, after all. And with a release price of £779, it is hardly cheap. In this article, we cover our review of the Razer Phone 2. Does the phone meet the hype, or does it fall flat?
The Razer Phone 2 is a sleek machine. The Razer 2 is an upgrade to its predecessor in design in many ways, but the most prominent is the replacement of its slightly-cheap-feeling aluminium back with a new, gorgeous glass one. Not only does it feel more comfortable and more premium to hold, but now, because the background is non-metal, the Razer 2 can be charged wirelessly as well as normally.
The Razer Phone 2’s back also has a light-up Razer logo, which in darker environments looks stunning. The light is not merely aesthetic but serves a practical purpose: the logo lights up different colours depending on what notification you get. It glows red for Youtube or Gmail notifications, blue for Facebook notifications, yellow for Snapchat notifications, and so on. You can customise the colours depending on notifications.
One of the downsides for some users is the boxy design. If you are more used to the smooth curves of an Apple phone, the Razer 2 might not look how you would expect for a phone. However, if you purchase one, you will get used to the design very quickly and maybe, like us, fall in love with it.
The phone’s case and front being made of glass also mean you now have two sides of the device which can easily crack or scratch if you aren’t careful. We strongly recommend purchasing a Razer phone 2 screen protector to protect your phone. If you have the predecessor, by contrast, take a look at our Razer Phone screen protector to keep your device safe.
The Razer Phone 2’s display has a 120Hz refresh rate display, which means the screen is crisper than many of its competitors. That means the display is phenomenal for gaming. If you ever don’t need that much refresh rate, however, and want to save on battery life, you can easily turn the refresh rate down to 90 or 60Hz (still equal to or more than competitors) and add hours to your phone’s battery life.
The original Razer phone had a beautiful LCD display, especially when using it indoors, but struggled when you’re outside. The Razer Phone 2 is a step up from the original screen with even brighter colours and cooler images but still relies on LCD. Most phones of this kind use OLED displays because they are much more effective outdoors, and when you compare the Razer Phone 2 to the newest Samsung Galaxy, it is not hard to see why.
In short, the display of the Razer Phone 2 is mind-blowing in some ways and is completely par with others. If you are looking for a phone that you can use mostly indoors, though, the Razer Phone 2 is without equal.
The key selling point of the Razer Phone 2 is its top-of-the-line internal specs. The Razer Phone 2 comes with Snapdragon 845 (the best Qualcomm chip you can get on a mobile phone as of now), Adreno 630 (one of the highest-end Qualcomm graphics cards), 8GB of RAM and 64GB internal storage, which can be bumped up further with a micro-SD card. The Razor Phone 2’s RAM is huge – only the most expensive smartphones out there can compete with the device.
In addition to its vast power, the Razer Phone comes will much less software than many of its competitors. This is one of those rare cases where less is indeed more: with less bloatware and other apps on the phone, the Razer Phone essentially runs stock Android, with only a couple of built-in apps including the Google suite and Razer Cortex, Razer’s game management tool. This means the phone runs exceptionally fast – in speed tests it can regularly outperform the iPhone X and other devices.
Razer strongly believes that their new camera is a flagship piece of technology, with two 12-megapixel cameras. The cameras can support up to 4K video, and the quality is more than adequate for most users. You will not get as beautiful pictures out of the phone as, say, the Google Pixel or iPhone XS, but photos from the phone have decent amounts of detail and load up very effectively.
Compared to the first generation Razer Phone, the photos are much cooler and create a much more realistic look. Other phones on the market will give you better pictures. However, Razer has shown already multiple updates to the software of their phone since release, including HDR functionality. If they continue to update their device, it will soon be a very competent device.
The Razer Phone 2 is a powerful device, and at £499 at time of writing, it is a luxury phone at a moderate price. While its photo and display capabilities are just shy of the biggest phones on the market, it also undercuts them by a decent amount. If you’re especially looking for an awesome phone for gaming, though, the Razer Phone 2 is exceptionally powerful and stripped of any bloatware that would hurt your gaming experience. We strongly recommend the phone for gamers looking for an awesome experience on a mobile device.