Razer Phone 2 Review

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What is the Razer Phone 2?

Avid gamer looking for a perfect mobile fragmentation station? Then, the Razer Phone 2 can be the phone for you.

The Razer Phone 2 is the second phone for gaming peripherals and the Razer hardware specialist, and according to the company, it has been designed by gamers for gamers & # 39;

At first glance, it is not the most interesting gaming phone that will arrive this year. It does not have the ridiculous design or the wealth of peripherals offered by the ROG phone of the competition. Instead, it is an update of 0.5 that aims to solve minor problems that made the original Razer Phone attractive to non-players.

But the changes that Razer has made, which include enhanced maximum screen brightness, improved internal components and the addition of wireless charging, are positive. These, along with the excellent sound system and the super-polished display, are ready to HDR, with a refresh rate of 120Hz, means that the phone is still a dream for the avid mobile players and Netflix bingers.

Continuous problems with the camera and a square design However, it will continue to hamper its appeal to everyone else. If games are not your main concern, it will still be better to invest in a competing flagship, such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and the iPhone XR.

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Razer Phone 2 – Design [19659002] Visually, the Razer Phone 2 still has a Marmite factor. At first glance it looks a lot like its predecessor. It has the same hard-line rectangular design that matches a 5.75-inch 16: 9 screen with Dolby Atmos certified top and bottom massifs.

The speakers may seem thick, but they are still a key selling point for me. The games and the audio of the film are significantly higher than in the phablets of the competition and have a surprising amount of bass extension. The shots and the noise of the motors of the automobiles have many more attacks and power that those that will obtain in the telephones of the competition. The addition of Dolby Atmos support further helps your gaming and entertainment skills and helps give the audio a weak but noticeable direction.

The location of the button is identical to that of the original Razer phone, with the volume buttons to its left and power to its right. As before, the power button has a built-in fingerprint scanner. The scanner is not the fastest I've tried, but it's quite reliable and easy to use, with the power button in place where your middle finger will rest naturally.

Flip the second generation of the Razer Phone 2 and you'll find a key difference between this and the original: it has a Gorilla Glass backing. Personally, leaving aside the difficulties of the network, I preferred the robust feeling of the original all-metal, but the change at least brings with it a new support for Qi wireless charging.

Razer is also configured to send an optional folding wireless charging dock, which will be synchronized with the other new feature of the Razer Phone 2: Chroma RGB lighting.

The logo on the back of the phone and the RGB lighting band on the charging cradle work with the Razer Chroma application. This works in exactly the same way as in the PC peripherals of the company. Jump to the application and you can choose the color you want and adjust it to play various patterns for things like incoming notifications.

Personally, I think RGB lighting does not make sense and generally makes any decorating device look like a child's toy. But Razer has made it easy enough to turn off the lighting or configure it to activate only in very specific conditions, so it is not a decisive factor. I am also pleased to see that Razer has managed to build the water and dust resistance standards of Razer Phone 2 to IP67, which should allow it to survive the odd accidental immersion.

Under the hood, Razer also made some updates. The main one is the enhanced vibration motor, which allows the phone to provide a stronger haptic response by doing things like games and Gigabit LTE.

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Razer Phone 2 – Screen

The screen of the Razer Phone 2 has been given a clear spruce to increase the maximum brightness to 645 nits. This is an effort to help you meet the standards of mobile HDR.

Holding it next to the original Razer phone, the screen is definitely brighter, but it is far from the brightest available. The flagships of the competition, such as the LG G7 and Galaxy S9, easily surpassed it on this front.

Despite this, the 5.7-inch IGZO LCD screen remains one of the main selling points of the Razer phone for some reasons, the largest being its variable update frequency. The variable refresh rate means that, unlike most phones, the Razer Phone 2 can run at different refresh rates depending on what you are doing.

If you are doing something static, you can reduce the amount of images per second that are displayed to conserve the battery. If you are doing something intense, such as games, you can reach a maximum of 120Hz, giving players a softer and more reactive experience.

The only other phone that I know that can do this is the Asus ROG Phone, although until I have the opportunity to review it correctly, I can not comment sensibly on how the two screens of the game phones compare.

The ingenious ultramotion technology also returns the Razer Phone 2 and remains a key selling point for players. Ultramotion is a technology similar to G-Sync; Razer debuted it on his original phone. Synchronize the GPU with the variable update frequency screen of the Razer Phone 2 to reduce the number of screen breaks. The combination of factors that make games like PUBG feel noticeably softer and more reactive than in the competition's flagship phones.

The QHD resolution also ensures that the icons and text appear uniformly clear. My only minor issues with the screen are its old school 16: 9 aspect ratio and slightly dirty targets. The problem was particularly noticeable when holding it together with the iPhone XR and LG G7 and it's a shame, since the screen is pretty well calibrated.

The blacks are not as deep as the AMOLED panels, but they are good enough to give the screen a decent contrast ratio and the colors do not look too cold or too warm, which gives the rendered images a nice and realistic look.

Razer claims that he was left with the basic aspect ratio of 16: 9 because most of the film's content is mastered, but it made the phone feel a little outdated and flaccid compared to competing flagships, such as the Galaxy S9, which has a polished aspect ratio 18.5: 9.

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Razer Phone 2 – Software

Razer has given a nice and light touch to the Razer Phone software 2. Out of the box, the Razer Phone 2 works with Android 8.1 with the Nova launcher; The update of the next version of Android has also been confirmed.

The software has some third-party applications and services installed, such as the Chroma RGB Light Control, but in general it is not inflatable. There are no duplicate music players, calendars or email clients. Instead, you'll simply find app shortcuts to the Razer theme store and controls for Dolby Atmos.

In general, outside of the Pixel 3, Pixel 3 XL and Android One phones, like the Motorola One, it will have problems. to find a cleaner Android installation.

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Razer Phone 2 – Performance

When it comes to graphic grunting, the Razer Phone 2 lives up to the other flagship phones of 2018. Under the hood you'll find a Powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 CPU and 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

These specifications allow the Razer Phone 2 to work practically with any game that you throw without complications. PUBG purrs along with zero lag or stutters. The phone also easily handles web browsing with multiple tabs. A new Steam Cooling system, which replaces the heat pipe of the old Razer phone, ensures that the phone never warms to uncomfortable levels, even during extended gaming sessions.

The only problems I noticed were due to software failures. Sometimes, the Razer Phone 2 would be paralyzed for a fraction of a second or unexpectedly close an application. Fortunately, these incidents only happened from time to time, but nonetheless they are a nuisance. I was particularly furious when a blocking application stole a chicken dinner from PUBG.

The synthetic reference scores of the Razer Phone 2 reflected my findings in the real world. You can see how it compares to Pixel 3 in the table below.

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Razer Phone 2 – Camera

Camera performance was one of the key things that the original Razer Phone had problems with. with. The Sony sensors were not configured correctly and the native application was alarmingly scarce, common things like a portrait mode were missing.

A year later, Razer says he has solved these problems but is redoing the camera application and adding OIS (optics). image stabilization) to the configuration of the rear dual-lens camera, which combines AF f / 1.75 telephoto sensors with 12 megapixels and 12 megapixels wide.

On paper, the configuration is solid, although it is not a leader in the industry. With use in the real world, the camera is a definite step forward from the original Razer phone. Key improvements include a more diverse set of shooting and video options. Moving around, I found all the usual suspects of a flagship, including portrait, panorama and manual options.

The phone's video capabilities also seem to have improved, with the updated application having the option to capture 1080p images at 120 fps.

Images taken with decent light are good enough to use on social networks. The shutter speeds are also faster and the colors and contrast levels seem reasonably realistic. However, the camera still lags far behind the competition's flagships such as Pixel 3 and Galaxy S9.

To begin with, it does not capture as many details, and the performance in low light is still below average, despite the addition of OIS. The images taken in low light are quickly pixelated and capture the noise. Autofocus also becomes unpredictable even in moderately dim conditions.

The custom modes that Razer has added, although welcome, do not match the competition. The portrait mode, which aims to create a weak bokeh effect around the subject, where the person is focused but the background is blurred, is a good example.

Test the Razer phone with the Pixel 3, which is Trusted The camera phone chosen, the shots taken with the Razer were less detailed and suffered artifacts. When exploding, the phone could also occasionally struggle to detect the subject, which would lead to areas out of focus around the shoulders and face of the person.

You can see a selection of photos taken on the Razer 2 phone.

Razer Phone 2 – Battery

The battery life It was the only other area in which the original Razer phone was not delivered. Despite having a giant 4000mAh cell, the first Razer phone only offered an average battery life. That's why I was worried that the company had not changed the capacity of the battery in the Razer 2 phone. However, with real-world usage, I found that battery life is moderately better.

With the screen working out of reach. -the settings of the box, which make the refresh rate float around 60Hz, I managed to get about a day and a half of use. This entailed the use of the Razer Phone 2 as my main job and my personal phone. A normal day involved listening to music during the morning and evening travel, playing a game of PUBG during lunch, taking and making a couple of calls, surfing the Internet regularly and checking incoming messages, as well as a quick episode of Baruto in Crunchyroll before going to bed. [19659003] Video streaming and games exert more pressure on the battery. With the video looping with the screen set to 50% brightness, the Razer Phone 2 downloaded an average of 11-15% of its load per hour, which is quite even for the course.

When playing PUBG, the Razer Phone 2 lost between 18 -25% of its load per hour. Again, this is pretty standard and neither better nor worse than competitive phones like the Galaxy S9.

 Puerto Razer Phone 2 (2)

Why buy the Razer Phone 2?

If you're an Avid mobile player or movie fanatic looking for a mobile entertainment center, then the Razer Phone 2 is an excellent choice. The variable 120Hz refresh rate display is an industry leader. The speakers are also still the best in their class and are clearly above the phones of the competition.

But for non-players in the market for a flagship smartphone, problems with their camera make the Razer Phone 2 a little less attractive. Despite Razer's positive work, the camera still does not match the performance of key phones like the Pixel 3, the Galaxy S9 and the iPhone XS. The rugged design, RGB lighting and the old school 16: 9 aspect ratio will also be a Marmite factor for many buyers.

Verdict

The Razer Phone 2 is a great phone for players, but it's fine for everyone else.

The Razer Phone 2 publication appeared for the first time in Trusted Reviews.

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