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The new Razer Phone 2 tries again to make the 120Hz gamer phone a thing

A marketing image of the Razer Phone 2.

The Razer Phone 2. Note the inscription: "Designed by Razer California." The screen may not have a notch, but it still looks like Apple, apparently.

A front view of the Razer Phone 2.

A rear view of the Razer Phone 2.

Razer announced the second iteration of his Razer phone, specializing in gaming. Called the Razer Phone 2 the device improves the camera, adds wireless charging and enhances the specifications on the entire board compared to its predecessor.

The main board remains its screen. The 5.7-inch LCD display has a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, HDR support (HDR-10), maximum brightness of 645 nits and a wide color gamut with 98.4% of DCI-P3. But the big claim of fame is a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz with Ultramotion technology; the refresh rate is variable, ranging as low as 40Hz. The audio configuration is also remarkable; this phone has Dolby Atmos certified stereo speakers.

Supporting hardcore gaming technologies like HDR, Atmos and 120Hz is pretty much what the Razer Phone 2 is all about. This is partly because it's hard to differentiate the flagship Android phones in terms of performance when they all have the same SoC, the Snapdragon 845 from Qualcomm. This is another reason why selling an Android phone as an ideal gaming machine is a challenge; this chip is significantly outperformed by Apple's A11 and A12 in iPhones from last year and this year. And the iOS platform has generally been more dynamic than Android devices for high quality games, although that does not mean that there are not many high quality Android games.

Razer claims to have been able to make this phone faster than most other readers thanks to the "Steam Room Cooling," which allows the phone to consume 20-30% more power than competing Android phones. It is a technology similar to that used in the gaming laptop Razer Blade .

The Razer Phone 2 also has 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM. Other features include a 4000 mAh battery, IP67 water resistance, gigabit LTE, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC and Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+. Like its predecessor, it has only one storage configuration at launch, 64GB, but it has a microSD slot for additional storage.

The previous Razer phone had been criticized for its mediocre camera. According to Razer, the update presents improvements for the rear camera. It uses a dual lens system with a wide 12MP f / 1.75 lens and a 12MP f / 2.6 telephoto lens, as well as a dual LED flash. He can record a 4K video.

Measuring 158.5×78.99×8.5mm, the design is similar to that of the first Razer phone from last year. The front still looks like a new evolution of the colors of Nextbit Robin . (Razer acquired Nextbit and this acquisition led to this line of phones). The speakers occupy a large portion of the top and bottom edges (in portrait mode) and the side edges are quite small. The front camera 8MP f / 2.0 and the flash are also placed at the top. There is no nick here.

However, the lack of notch on the screen does not mean that the phone does not draw on the latest flagship trends in telephony from the iPhone. Apple, which may frustrate many users. There is no 3.5mm headphone jack, just a USB-C port. And the back of the phone is glass for easy Qi wireless charging. But Razer works on a mate alternative also having 128 GB of storage, because the company knows that everyone is not a fan of glass backs. Razer says this version comes "at a later date". But the glass is Gorilla Glass 5, an improvement in durability compared to the GG3 used in the Razer Phone's screen of last year.

In addition, there would be no play equipment without RGB lighting. Unlike the phone last year, Razer Chroma supports the logo on the back and you can adapt it to the content of your flashy heart if you like that sort of thing.

The biggest disappointment is without doubt that the Razer Phone 2 is launched with Android 8.1 (with Nova Launcher) rather than Android Pie, although Razer says it's working on an update from Pie who will come later. Razer kept the same promise with the last phone. We expect the update to proceed as planned: it is simply disappointing that it is an update.

On the plus side, Razer's phone comes with its Razer Cortex Mobile app, which includes an organized list of games such as Battlegrounds – some of them will receive custom performance profiles and optimizations from developers – as well as a game reminder., a tool that allows you to adjust the frame rate, clock speed and other individual game settings to achieve the best balance of performance, images and life of the battery.

The Razer Phone 2 is shipping on October 22 for $ 800. Razer also launches a few accessories that come with: a removable game controller, a case, a screen protector and a wireless charging station.

List image by Razer

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