"Razer Phone 2 Announced with 5.7" Display, 8GB RAM & Snapdragon 845 SoC

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Razer today officially unveiled the Razer Phone 2, its second generation flagship gaming smartphone. "Refine" is the key word here because in accordance with recent leaks, including those from AndroidHeadlines, the new handset could more accurately be described as the Razer Phone 1.5 as it looks virtually identical and features similar internals and software features to those its predecessor has been offering since previous year. The phone doesn't have a headphone jack, but Razer does include a USB Type-C DAC with a purported 24-bit sampling depth that can plug into the phone's sole expansion port. Power users will be happy to know that the Phone 2 can take in microSD cards as large as 1 TB.

In a Hollywood event loft saturated in green light, Razer launched a must-have accessory for serious Android gamers on Wednesday. This means the Razer Phone 2 comes with a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 12MP wide-angle lens (f/1.7 aperture and OIS) and another 12MP telephoto lens (f/2.6 and 2X zoom). Overall this phone measures 158.5 mm x 78.99 mm x 8.5 mm. Razer has eliminated the front status light to utilise this logo to provide app notifications.

Last year's Razer Phone was a very unique flagship entry, featuring giant bezels housing powerful front-facing speakers as well as a display with a 120Hz refresh rate for buttery smooth animations and games.

Laden with Qualcomm's current top-shelf Snapdragon 845 chipset, the Razer Phone 2 gets a gaming performance boost of 30% compared to the original.

While extremely similar to its predecessor in most aspects, the Razer Phone 2 does introduce some novelties. Also, it features a Vapor Chamber cooling system. The Razer Phone 2 already appeals to a pretty specialist audience, and a transparent Razer Phone 2 will only sweeten the deal.

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The rear camera array of the Razer Phone 2 now boasts two 12-MP sensors from Sony's IMX family, although the company doesn't say specifically which sensors it picked.

The Raiju Mobile isn't just for the new Razer Phone 2. Razer pre-installs its mildly tweaked version of Android 8.1, and a good track record of updates for the original Razer Phone should reassure software-conscious buyers. Razer also takes pride in the fact that its new handset is the only smartphone on the market that now features Netflix certification for HDR and Dolby Surround 5.1 content.

However the gaming manufacturer is certainly more concerned with performance over futuristic looks with the Phone 2.

The Razer Phone 2 will be available from US$799 in mirror black and satin black finishes.

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