Razer Phone 2's specs might disappoint

Razer Phone 2's specs might disappoint
Next month, on October 10, Razer will announce a brand new smartphone - its second ever. Seemingly called Razer Phone 2, the upcoming handset might not be much of an upgrade over the company's current smartphone (pictured above).

Recently, based on information revealed by a benchmark listing, we assumed that the Razer Phone 2 would be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 845 processor (also found inside many of today's high-end Android handsets). However, from this point of view, the new Razer smartphone might disappoint us by ultimately packing a Snapdragon 835 processor - the same that's powering the original Razer Phone from last year.

Thanks to a newly-leaked Google Play certification uncovered by XDA Developers, we now know that the Razer Phone 2 is codenamed "aura" and runs Android 8.1 Oreo. The same Google Play certification shows that the handset features a Snapdragon 835 processor instead of the superior 845, alongside 8 GB of RAM and a 1440 x 2560 pixels display, just like the 2017 Razer Phone. Additionally, we can see that the new handset (which, as reported not long ago, looks a lot like the original) comes with a pre-installed Chroma app. Chroma is a Razer-developed LED lighting system - implemented on keyboards and mice, for example - but it's unclear exactly how it will be used on the Razer Phone 2.

Since these specs (and new phone image) have been submitted to Google by Razer itself, there's a pretty high chance they're accurate.

If Razer's next smartphone does indeed pack last year's Snapdragon 835 processor, it's likely that the company is making this compromise in order to cut costs - which hopefully means the Razer Phone 2 won't be as expensive as its predecessor ($699 at launch).

At this point, the next-gen Razer Phone simply doesn't look as exciting as the original handset was when it went on sale last year. But maybe Razer has some surprises to unveil on October 10 - let's wait and find out, shall we?


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Phone 2
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, Octa-core, 2800 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 4000 mAh

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18 Comments

1. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Asus ROG ftw!

13. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2249; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Isn’t the ASUS ROG supposed to cost in the vicinity of $1160? That’s a lot more than the $699 the Razer phone went for when it came out. And if this Razer phone is supposed to “cut costs” and become lower in price then I just don’t see any crossbuying happening.

14. buccob

Posts: 2949; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

It already launched in Taiwan and China for the price you mentioned for the 512gb version... However there will be a 128gb version at around $875 It is still expensive but I rather get the ROG if the experience is as promised and reviewed... So yeah, I second that, Asus ROG Phone ftw!

2. maherk

Posts: 6679; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Btw, anyone else getting this message? MSG_ERR_REGISTERED_MAX_SUBS

4. OneLove123

Posts: 788; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Yes, every damn time I post since the iPhone announcement.

16. gamehead unregistered

Yes I am

3. lJesseCusterl

Posts: 96; Member since: Apr 27, 2015

LOL...yeah, if I'm forced to have a last gen SoC, I'd go with the RED phone over this.

5. I_have_boxes

Posts: 72; Member since: Jun 02, 2018

So what actual upgrade will it have compared to the original Razer phone?

15. worldpeace

Posts: 3092; Member since: Apr 15, 2016

New colors?

6. Drsarcastic

Posts: 136; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Yeah...we'll just get the ROG phone instead thank you.

7. rsiders

Posts: 1860; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Not a big deal. The SD835 was the more efficient chip in terms of battery life anyway.

8. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 907; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Its A Bold Strategy Cotton, Lets See If It Pays Off For Em.

9. Cat97

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Wait...if it looks the same, has the same chipset and the same memory, it's basically Razer 1. How can it be called Razer 2 ? Just a name change ? Pulling an LG ThinQ stunt ? :)

10. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 150; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

RIP Razer... It was a good few months run.

11. Chris_ABN

Posts: 183; Member since: May 16, 2018

Just great. Another reason to not buy. Ugly ass phone anyway.

12. OneLove123

Posts: 788; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

$499 with 512GB is a go!

17. gamehead unregistered

I just hope it has water resistance and a 18:9 screen

18. JCASS889

Posts: 428; Member since: May 18, 2018

so they are releasing a upgraded phone with exactly the same internals? makes zero sense

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