The Razer Phone 2 tipped to arrive by the end of 2018

The Razer Phone 2 tipped to arrive by the end of 2018
The original Razer Phone wasn't really advertised as a gaming smartphone, but more like the perfect smartphone for gamers. Even so, it brought the first ever 120Hz display and a more than decent specs sheet.

Despite the fact that it had to compete with other flagships like Samsung Galaxy S9, OnePlus 6, LG G7 ThinQ and Huawei P20, Razer is content by how well its “gaming smartphone” performed on the market.

That's the only reason we can think of that would make the company want to release a sequel to the Razer Phone. During ChinaJoy 2018, the annual gaming trade showing held in Shanghai, Razer Global VP Chen Xiaoping said that a new Razer phone might be launched in China by the end of the year.

Chen also revealed that the upcoming Razer device will be equipped with the newest Qualcomm chipset, but did not name it. Currently, the newest chip aimed at flagships available from Qualcomm is the Snapdragon 845, but rumor has it, the U.S. company plans to launch the Snapdragon 855 by the end of 2018.

It remains to be seen what Qualcomm chipset the Razer Phone 2 will actually use, but we're more excited to see what other gaming-related innovations Razer plans to include in its upcoming flagship.

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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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13 Comments

1. emjoigently

Posts: 154; Member since: Aug 22, 2017

Have the Razers sold? I know they aren't ever going to be mainstream, but did they sell enough to be profitable? They must look at the ROG and think they have to step it up a few notches. At least add some vents and a glowing 3-sperm logo.

2. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

I hope these "gaming" phones bring focus to improving thermal design of phones (and SoCs too) e.g. GFXBench 3.1 Manhatten from AnandTech OnePlus 6 (845), 60.15 fps peak, 50.87 fps sustained, 15% drop LG G6 (845), 60.19 fps peak, 44.87 fps sustained, 25.5% drop Galaxy S9+ (845), 60.6 fps peak, 35.48 fps sustained, 41.5% drop iPhone 8 Plus (A11), 61.69 fps peak, 36.45 fps sustained, 40.9% drop Galaxy S8 (835), 38.9 fps peak, 35.48 fps sustained, 8.8% drop Galaxy S9 (9810), 46.04 fps peak, 26.9 fps sustained, 41.6% drop P20 Pro (970), 30.52 fps peak, 15.1 fps sustained, 43.4% drop Its becoming more important with the increasing markets of AR/VR

3. GreenMan

Posts: 2698; Member since: Nov 09, 2015

It's not about SoCs, refresh rates, OEMs or perhaps throttling due to thermals; its all about kernel: https://www.xda-developers.com/google-pixel-fastest-android-phone-eas/ That article explains why Google Pixel is the smoothest and fastest Android Smartphone in the market.

6. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Pixel may not jitter, but it can't keep up with any phone in the list you replied to period. Might want to read up on sustained performance, the 821 is junk to 835/845 capable work loads per Anands tests.

12. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

That's a completely different metric compared to sustained performance/thermal design

4. Avieshek unregistered

The Vivo NEX advertises itself with modern thermal designs for continued gaming and 5G. Have data on that phone as well? Interested.

13. vincelongman

Posts: 5746; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Haven't seen AnandTech review the Vivo NEX Unfortunately AnandTech are the only people who test sustained performance Will keep an eye out for when the Vivo NEX appears on GFXBench's results listing (needs more results until its shown AFAIK)

10. buccob

Posts: 2979; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

+1 for that comment about the logo... LOL

14. ivanprskalo

Posts: 124; Member since: Dec 09, 2010

Your comment is so toxic and pretty stupid... You must have been proud of yourself

7. Sparkxster

Posts: 1241; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

Hope to see a headphone jack and wireless charging on the Razer phone 2. Looking forward to seeing what Razer does with it.

8. Godlymansean

Posts: 339; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Interested to see where they will go with this, and to see where the gaming phone market goes in general.

9. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

I sold my Samsung Note 8 for cheap to get Razer phone. No regrets. It is smooth and reliable. I am not a gamer but I like fast phones. Samsung puts too much extra stuff in their Android build so their phones are slow. Razer is always fast and speakers, battery life are great.120 Hz refresh makes it smooth and only complaint would be visibility outside but that is a limitation of the technology to get 120 Hz refresh so I just crank the brightness all the way up.

11. thedizzle

Posts: 201; Member since: Oct 05, 2017

Is the picture quality any better?

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