Razer Phone 2 Review: Refined But Flawed Gaming Phone

The Razer Phone 2 is in just about every way a much better Razer phone, but it still doesn’t quite match up with the products of the titans of the smartphone industry: Apple and Samsung.

As with last year’s Razer Phone, this follow-up device delivers over-the-top hardware hampered in some places by sub-part software. Specifically, while the camera app is better, it still delivers dull, relatively lackluster images.

The big draw for the Razer Phone 2, though, is its capabilities as a gaming device and in this regard, Razer’s second smartphone improves on some levels, while managing to play it surprisingly safe.

Hardware

The $800 Razer Phone 2 packs a 2.8 GHz Snapdragon 845 processor, a 5.72-inch IGZO LCD 120Hz display (2560 x 1440 with wide color gamut), 8GB of system memory, and a 4,000 mAh battery. The system runs on the slightly outdated Android 8.1, though it will be getting an update early next year.

Those new specs outline a series of big improvements that come to the Razer Phone 2, thanks to an internal redesign and listening to what users had to say about the original phone.