Razer Phone 2 review: it glows, but it doesn’t shine

Game phones like the new Razer Phone 2 seem to be fascinating companies that do more than the public. Razer actually wants a "game phone". But if you're not sure what it means, the only way they can convince you is to make gaming phone .

So Razer is once again in the second iteration of a cellphone dedicated to the idea that people want a smartphone equal to a high-end PC with gaming specifications. Razer's hope is that if you are deeply involved in mobile games, streaming gameplay, or thinking that you can dominate the next game with game-oriented hardware, invest in specially designated phones that fit your needs. sense.

Why does the Razer Phone 2 justify the $ 799 price tag for a recently reviewed mobile phone at the same price as Google Pixel 3? There is actually a "game boost" mode that offers Dolby Stereo speakers, a fast refresh 120Hz screen with HDR content support, Chroma lighting, numerous Razer game optimizations, and add-on if needed.

However, mobile games do not have the same high requirements as PC games. You do not need a huge desktop or a $ 2,000 laptop to play mobile games with the best settings. Any other major smartphone will do. What Razer wants to believe is that phone 2 is the best game phone and . But only one of them is true.

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  • Since the previous Razer Phone launched last year, the Razer Phone 2 has undergone many improvements but retained its boxed design. The Razer has not changed the bezel in this year's model. They are everywhere! For devices with thick tops and bottoms, such as speakers, you would have expected a small bezel to make up your screen. 50% 50% "data-upload-width =" 2040 "src =" https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/ thumbor / bCv5CfvUzZTHn-TDU2kW6T8bFHA = / 0x0: 2040×1360 / 1200×0 / filters: focal (0x0: 2040×1360): no_upscale () / cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_asset/file/13300553/akrales_181017_3028_0168.jpg “/>

It looks like a device. The back panel is now made of glass, which is required for wireless charging and the build quality is robust. The black candy bar with a glass bag is not a unique design, but the Razer has managed to look different from everything else.

The footprint of the device has not changed. It is still a large slate of aluminum and glass with as many square edges as possible. (Of course, they are a little round enough not to cut you.)

This phone is big and slippery. You can get used to catching it, but the glass backplate should be protected by a case. It only aggravates the problem of size and ergonomics. On the bright side, the Razer Phone 2 does not scratch as easily as the Pixel 3 XL.

In addition to glass and wireless charging, there are many on the back of the Razer Phone 2. There is also a backlit Razer logo. Supports static, breathing, and spectral color profiles available on all Razer Chroma accessories. It can be useful as a reminder light when pulse.


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Light battery consumption. There are three power modes: Low (notification only), medium (only when the screen is on), and High (always on). I have used the Razer Phone 2 for most of the time and have found that it does not consume a lot of battery power. So your decision about what to do with the light up logo depends on how much you like the light up logo.

Using the Chroma app, the other Chroma has the equipment it has at home. There is no Synapse 3 app on the Razer Phone 2. We look forward to being the ideal control hub for Chroma equipment in the future.

The Razer representative also said that the back panel of the upcoming version (with more storage capacity) is matte finished, but keeps the wireless charge going. Really If you want to avoid slippery glass, you have to wait.

The volume and power / fingerprint buttons are on the center of the phone, on the left and right, respectively. They have to get used to it, but they are not too close and pay money when playing in landscape mode. Also, this year's fingerprint button has been improved to make it more accurate on the first try. This time it was much better and I had no problems.

Though it is a hardware basics, the whole reason this phone exists is that it is a platform for gaming. One of the first things that makes the Razer Phone 2 a "gaming phone" is the 120Hz QHD screen, which is complemented by a wide color gamut when viewing HDR content. High refresh rate backs up PC games. This is because you can see more frames per second than on high-end monitors. It all looks like a spoof, but it pays off.


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Smooth screen. The liquidity between the home screens, scrolling through a web page or an Instagram, and the entire content moving across the screen are almost spectacular. Color pop-ups, graphical sharpness, and good contrast on all screens (although not as vigorous as Samsung's) have enough saturation. Pokémon Go and Fortnite I have never looked better or smoother on my Android phone.

iOS users experience a high refresh rate screen on their phone as if they were using iPhone X, XS and XS Max. It changes the way you recognize animations and graphics on your phone screen.

Another issue of last year's big problem with the Razer Phone was that the display was not bright enough but it was fixed. It is brighter and more useful under direct sunlight indoors or outdoors. It adapts well to indoor and outdoor lighting, so I did not frown to read the screen in the sun.


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A good screen in its second flagship phone, but what about the speakers? The Razer Phone 2 got a high score here, and in some cases it might be worth using a huge bezel. Everything you hear with Dolby Atmos is surely a deep, balanced reproduction. There is a good stereo separation for watching movies, but it is a much bigger deal when playing games.

If you set the game to Mobile to Fortnite you may hear the surroundings. With Dolby Atmos, you can find the sounds coming from different directions and increase your sense of immersion. The Razer Phone 2 makes the sound better separated compared to the Pixel 3 speakers, making it more suitable for audiophiles, but not as broad on the broad side.

The huge speaker grille on the stereo side of the screen may not be noticeable to some buyers, but a rich audio experience over the phone can make a decent mobile game and be memorable. Razer Phone 2 provides audio and graphics optimization for a fairly large list of mobile games. Many mobile games on Android have graphics settings, but in most cases you can ignore them because you are playing with the highest settings.


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12MP Sony sensor with 1.75 and f / 2.6 lens Razer has also developed a new camera app that supports 4K recording (up to 30fps), HDR, portrait mode for all three cameras, and "beauty shot."

Unfortunately, none of this makes a real difference: the camera settings on the Razer Phone 2 do not fit on iPhone or Pixel cameras. If you do not use the best light, the result is loud and the overexposed white and black look gray.


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New rear camera struggles with low-light photography and often creates blurry scenes. The beauty mode that can artificially "soften" the skin is not new, but the Razer Phone 2 rebuilds the jaw and switches to another level. You can see that the artificial lines are artificially emphasized by pushing the beauty filter to the maximum. It looks really strange.

It is still standard in the Android world, but I am disappointed that October 2018 Razer is launching the nearest Android phone. Android pie. The Razer Phone 2 runs Android 8.1 Oreo and will update to Android 9.0 Pie early next year, based on what Razer addressed.


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We kept 8.1 as it was, but did not have excessive blowerware. Razer has fixed some apps with green accents such as clocks, files, calculators, and camera apps as well as added Game Booster, Dolby Atmos, Theme Store, Razer Cortex (game app store) and Chroma apps. NovaLauncher also replaces the default Android Andrea 8.1 Oreo home screen and app drawer, but Nova has the advantage because it is a well-supported and well-preserved home screen replacement.

Overall, there is no serious problem with the use of the software on the Razer Phone 2. Snapdragon 845 and 8GB RAM really need a recent version of Android 8.1 that runs smoothly.

Alto 's Odyssey on the Razer Phone 2 (19459003) Fortnite Pokémon Go and Dragon Ball: Legend . This game worked well on Pixel 3, but it's more fun on the Razer Phone 2. Stereo separation makes audio more visible and the image moves smoothly on the screen (thanks to the high refresh rate). It means a picture that is not disturbed without a notch.


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Added Blade's steam chamber cooling technology (small form factor) to dissipate heat to cool down during these gaming sessions. However, glass is generally not very good at emitting heat. After 30 minutes of gameplay, the center of the Razer Phone 2 can become quite warm.

Battery life is an important checkbox for the mainstream smartphone, but it is especially important for gaming phones. Theoretically speaking, the Razer Phone 2 performs the same tasks that you currently do on your phone, and uses a mix of several more games.

What mobile games have in common is that they need much more power than browsing Twitter. Since Razer knows this, we have included a 4,000 mAh battery with the same capacity as the Galaxy Note 9. In the real world, it's easy to use all day (with the Razer logo in rainbow mode), plus games. Great, but actually impressed me.

The best thing about the Razer Phone 2's massive battery is that it supports QuickCharge 4+. If you have seen video with a fast charge, I know that QuickCharge4 + can use 0-50% capacity in 30 minutes. I was able to charge 10 ~ 60% in about 30 minutes using a USB-C quick charger by phone. It is a great feature for busy users and is much more attractive than the current form of wireless charging.


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Razer also sells $ 99 wireless charger with phone 2 There are Chroma RGB lights all around the base. It can also be used for various purposes. You can place your phone on a flat surface and charge your phone in landscape and portrait orientation. 18W USB-C charger is included. It is slower charging than wired charging, but is still considered a fast charge.

However, the wireless charger appears to have quality control issues. After switching modes a few times, I noticed that the hinge was loose. And if you have any questions: Yes, you can charge other phones that support wireless charging. Because the charging coil is positioned to match the Razer Phone 2, you can only do it horizontally.


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It will not change the phone market, but a mobile gamer may want a ROG (run-of-the-mill flagship smartphones) that looks like they were designed for a specific purpose.

The Razer Phone 2 does not have a camera to replace the new iPhone XS or Pixel 3. The mainstream phone is 2018 You need a reliable camera to be accepted seriously in years

What you can expect from the Razer Phone 2 is a game, a long battery life, a bright and colorful Chroma, and a phone that's built primarily for gaming.

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