Razer Phone 2 rumor review: specs, new features and price expectations
So, what exactly do we know about it so far? Let’s start with the interesting part first: what will be different from the previous model.
A more powerful chip
Following the logical path of succession, the Razer Phone 2 is coming with the Snapdragon 845 mobile platform on board. Not only was the Snapdragon 845 present on an AnTuTu benchmark for the Razer Phone 2, but Razer Global’s vice-president, Chen Xiaoping said himself in an interview earlier this year that the new Razer smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest high-end chip, which at the time of the interview, as well as now, is the Snapdragon 845.
Some confusion was caused recently by a Google Play certification, submitted by Razer, showing the Razer Phone 2 listed with the Snapdragon 835.
If you're still harboring any hopes that the Razer Phone 2 will jump straight to the Snapdragon 855, it's time to put them to rest. The new chip isn't coming soon enough for Razer to use it.
Better cameras (fingers crossed)
Rumors about the cameras on the Razer Phone 2 are pretty much nonexistent. But if there’s one thing that leads us to believe the Razer Phone 2 will have improved cameras, it’s that the overall camera experience on the first model was largely disappointing and was considered one of the phone’s biggest flaws. There’s a lot of room for improvement and Razer better make use of it.
Chroma LED technology
A new feature that’s rumored to appear in the second-generation Razer Phone is support for Razer’s own RGB software, called Chroma. This suggests the new phone will have an improved LED notification light, or even some kind of LED strips that can be synchronized with your music, games or videos, for a more colorful experience. Razer is notorious for its RGB enabled products that even include a mouse pad, so including its phone in the line-up makes perfect sense.
It’s not clear if the Razer Phone 2 will come with several storage options, but the model seen on the leaked benchmarks shows 512 GB of storage, a huge increase over the 64GB that were on the first one. If we’ve learned one thing from other phones with 512 GB of storage (Galaxy Note 9, iPhone XS), it’s that this luxury doesn’t come cheap. It's likely that Razer will offer two, possibly three storage options: 64 GB, 128 or 256 GB and 512GB. The previous model supports micro SD cards, but the improved storage could be a sign that the new phone will lack that option.
Touchpad on the back!? (fake)
While we'd love to see phone manufacturers experiment with different features, this rumor is closer to wishful thinking.
What we expect to remain the same
Not everything needs to change from generation to generation and Razer has a lot of features in its current phone that will serve owners of the Razer Phone 2 equally well. Here are some of them:
Renders of the Razer Phone 2 show a device that’s hard to distinguish from its predecessor. The new model appears to have the same overall size and keeps its dual front-facing speakers that boast Dolby Atmos support.
Tagging along with the form factor will likely be the display from the previous Razer Phone as well. That’s not a bad thing either. Last year’s model came with an impressive Quad HD (2560x1440) display with a 120Hz refresh rate and HDR support. While the display is not OLED as with most other premium phones, the LED panel provides not only great gaming experience, but the 16:9 aspect ratio makes it perfect for media consumption as well.
Battery and RAM
No changes are expected when it comes to those two specs. Considering the massive 4000mAh battery in the first Razer Phone, you can’t really blame Razer for not upgrading it. The same is valid for the new phone’s memory. 8 GB is more than enough for a smartphone and currently no manufacturer has gone further than that.
All sounds good, but what about the price?
That’s the question, isn’t it? The first Razer Phone was released with a price tag of $699. While it will be great if the new model can match that and keep all the upgrades, we have a feeling that this year’s model will come with a higher price tag. Not only is there a trend of high-end phones costing more and more, but the 512 GB storage option alone can place the phone around the $900 mark. The Asus ROG Phone is also expected around that price, if not higher, which might give Razer the idea that they could go higher as well. On the other hand, if Razer wants to make its new phone more popular, it could sacrifice some of its profit margin to bring out a top performer at a more competitive price. As most other phones in the saturated high-end segment of the smartphone market, the price will largely determine the success of the new device.
Luckily, we don’t have to wait much to find out what’s true and what’s not, in one shape or another the Razer Phone 2 is coming October 10th.