The gaming and smartphone worlds collided with the launch last year of the Razer Phone, successfully enough it seems that Razer will continue the experiment. The company has officially confirmed the existence of a sequel to its 2017 original — and now we have a better idea of what a follow-up to the Razer Phone might entail. Here’s everything we know about the Razer Phone 2.
Watch the Razer keynote online
Razer will livestream a keynote where it will take the wraps off of the new Razer Phone 2 on October 10 at 6:30 p.m. PT, which equates to 9:30 p.m. ET for those on the east coast. If you’re interested, you can check out the livestream on YouTube here. You can also stream it on Twitch, Facebook Live, or straight from the Razer website.
Design and display
We haven’t seen much about the Razer Phone 2’s design, but the latest we have comes from experienced leaker Evan Blass.
The image shows a phone that’s similar in design to the original Razer Phone, with a boxy silhouette and chunky forehead and chin around the front. The dual-lens camera has moved to the center of the device back, but otherwise much is the same. It’s good to see that the incredible front-facing stereo speakers from the OG Razer Phone will make a return in the sequel.
There’s still a lot we don’t know about the Razer Phone 2, although some specs have leaked (see below), but we can speculate on large amounts of it. For example, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the return of the 120Hz display. The last Razer Phone was specifically focused on gaming — and it’s almost a certainty the next one will be as well.
It’s also possible that the second-generation Razer Phone will place a heavier emphasis on computing. Earlier this year, Razer teased Project Linda, a way to use your smartphone as the brains for a laptop. In Project Linda, the phone also acts as a trackpad — and we found that it was a pretty sleek implementation. Project Linda is just a concept for now, but it’s possible Razer is working on refining that concept and will release it to the public along with the new Razer Phone.
Release date and price
Soon after specs for the phone seemed to have leaked online, Razer sent out save-the-dates for an event on October 10, which is almost certainly for the new phone — considering the save-the-date features an outline of a smartphone on it with the words “Flagship // Gaming.” You can see the invite below.
Razer first confirmed that it was working on a second-generation Razer Phone in a late August earnings statement. The news was first picked up by WCCFtech.
“Razer is now focusing its resources into the development of the second-generation Razer Phone and accompanying software releases, which will extend its software and services from PC into the mobile market,” the company wrote.
So when should we expect the new Razer Phone? Well, the first one was released in November 2017, so it’s possible — and even likely — that the second one could be released around a year later.
The specs leak comes from MSPowerUser, which claims to have its hands on AnTuTu benchmarks for the Razer Phone 2. Notably, the phone will boast 8GB of RAM, a Snapdragon 845 processor, and a whopping 512GB of storage. The resolution for the phone is also included in the benchmark, showing a display with a 2,560 × 1,440 resolution.
We’ll have to wait and see what the Razer Phone 2 ends up looking like, but to get an idea, check or our review of the first Razer phone. Meanwhile, stay tuned.
Updated on October 5, 2018: Razer is livestreaming the unveiling of the Razer Phone 2.