The curtain has finally lifted on the Razer Phone 2, marking the firm’s sophomore entry in the smartphone space. Razer’s first phone was arguably responsible for the new wave of gaming smartphones this year, and since then Asus, Huawei, Nubia and Xiaomi have all gotten in on the action.
How does this latest device stand out from the pack? Here are five Razer Phone 2 features that make the device worth considering.
IP67 water/dust resistance
The first Razer Phone didn’t have any significant IP rating, so we’re happy to see IP67 resistance on the sequel.
Now you can safely dunk your phone in one meter of water for up to 30 minutes, so it should survive a drop in the pool just fine. The ocean is another matter entirely, though.
It’s still got that 120Hz display
The original model instantly made a splash thanks to its Sharp-made 120Hz display. Unfortunately, we don’t see an 18:9 screen ratio on the new phone, but you’ve still got the same refresh rate and 1440p resolution.
A big battery with wireless charging
Another holdover from the previous model is the battery capacity, as the new phone packs the same 4,000mAh battery with Quick Charge 4+ as the original device.
This size is still pretty large for a 2018 flagship, so there’s nothing wrong with keeping it. In fact, only a handful of phones, like the Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and Huawei P20 Pro, included batteries this large this year.
The Razer Phone 2 also packs Qi fast wireless charging, which should top your phone up rather quickly compared to legacy wireless charging solutions.
It does 4K/60fps recording
You can now add Razer to the short list of brands offering this quality option, so you don’t have to choose between 1080p at 60fps or 4K at 30fps anymore.
The cameras have been improved
The worst thing about the first device has to be the poor camera experience, according to Joshua’s Razer Phone review. The phone offered a camera with dual 12MP lenses (one was telephoto), but it lacked optical image stabilization (OIS) and took shoddy photos.
This time, the team stuck with the same lens configuration, but added OIS to the main camera to reduce blur and judder. OIS should make for smoother video clips and better low-light shots, so hopefully this is indeed the case with the Razer Phone 2.
The company also confirmed it’s swapped out the old sensors for newer Sony sensors (IMX363 and IMX351), but we’ll need to spend more time with the phone to see if the camera experience is significantly better.
Aside from these features, most of the other changes found with the Razer Phone 2 are routine things like upgraded horsepower. There is an illuminated logo and a game booster app for better performance but neither of these things is necessarily major selling points.
Are there any other Razer Phone 2 features we missed? Let us know in the comments section!