Razer Phone 2 is announced with brighter display, Chroma lighting

As anticipated, Razer this week unveiled its latest gaming smartphone, the Razer Phone 2. The new iteration is quite similar to the previous one, at least one the outside. But there is more going on beneath the hood.

While the Razer Phone 2 keeps the 5.7-inch QHD LCD display with 120hz refresh rate, the front panel is now 50% brighter at 580 nits. The device is also HDR and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound certified by Netflix.

As we told you above, the design of the new phone hasn’t changed much. The bezels on top of the bottom are still pretty thick and housing the two stereo front-facing speakers. Well, this time around each speaker has their own dedicated amp reaching 103 decibels in volume.

The biggest design change is on the back, where the dual cameras are now arranged horizontally and centrally. Beneath, there’s the company’s logo which now supports Chroma lighting. This means users will be able to change the color and use wave effects. The logo will light up when the phone receives a notification. So it might turn Green when you get a WhatsApp message.

Below you’ll find the full spec list.

Razer Phone 2 specs

  • 5.7-inch QHD LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate
  • Snapdragon 845
  • 8GB of RAM
  • 64GB of storage (microSD included)
  • 12MP (f/1.75) wide-angle camera with OIS + 12MP (f/2.6) 2x telephoto
  • 8MP (f/2.0)
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • IP67 certification
  • Vapor chamber cooling (30% more powerful)
  • Android 8.1 Oreo

Razer has also bundled the phone with the new Razer Cortex app which brings a few new features including 120hz game recommendations, exclusive skins and virtual items for games and a game organizer tool.

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Pricing and availability

Pre-orders for the Razer Phone 2 will start on October 11 for $799.99 and availability in the U.S. begins on October 22nd while those in the UK and Europe, where the phone goes for £779.99 and €899.99 (although it’s cheaper in some markets) respectively, will have to wait until November 9th. At first, Razer will make available only a Mirror version, but a second Satin model that has 128GB of internal storage will go on sale later just in time for the holidays.