Razer Phone 2 – First Impressions!

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Hardware Canucks and this is the razer phone 2 now at first glance you're not
going to notice a major difference between this and it's a previous or
predecessor the razer phone because from a design standpoint it's pretty much the
exact same thing except for a few minor increments in terms of features and
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phone – well let's start off with the design and to be honest it's not that
different from the original razer phone I think we noticeable difference that
you'll see compared to the original phone is that the rear side of the
device has been replaced with Gorilla Glass 5 instead of the traditional matte
black aluminum finish this adds support for wireless charging but given that
this is a glass back you can definitely expect scratches and it being a slippery
eventually over time because it's obviously a surface that picks up grease
and fingerprints quicker than aluminium surfaces so that's again something to
keep note of now given that it's 2018 we had to expect some sort of RGB lighting
on a smart phone of this caliber and that's exactly what's going on here so
the logo hidden underneath the Gorilla Glass 5 back is RGB LED and it's
controlled through Racers chroma app pre-installed on the device there are
three learning effects that you can play around with so there's spectrum cycling
breathing and static effect and you can customize the colors – up to sixteen
point seven million colors which is certainly a nice touch so if you're
looking for a smart phone with RGB lighting this is certainly the one to
get apart from the rate of part from the ROG phone then is that I still have no
idea on availability or launch so yeah RGB where's our phone – they've also
added ip67 water-resistant rating which is a welcoming update from the original
RAZER phone it's certainly on IP 68 certified but
you've got to front-facing speakers razer actually had to redesign the
speaker the system to accommodate that certification so it's certainly and
welcoming and refreshing update from the original RAZR phone but aside from that
from a design standpoint it's again very much identical to the original RAZER
phone all right so spec wise you're getting a
snapdragon 845 processor a gigabytes of RAM 64 gigabytes of storage and a four
thousand milliamp hour battery again the only incremental upgrade internally is
that processor bump you're still getting the same amount of RAM compared to the
original RAZER phone you're also getting the same battery capacity so again not a
significant upgrade on that department as well
but what they have included is a new vapor cooling chamber design internally
so it actually dissipates the heat a lot better so that's again something to be
validated in the full review the next thing to talk about is the display and
just as expected it's not a significant update from the original RAZER phone so
you're getting the same 5.7 inch qHD plus display with the 120 Hertz refresh
rate and my god it looks amazing in person if you're someone who's used to a
traditional smartphone especially like myself who has never actually used the
original RAZER phone I was certainly I just fell in love with
this display right away because the fluidity and the experience that you get
just browsing through the Android operating system and of course gaming
for the most part is just fantastic I didn't get some hands-on time with that
gaming as well and it's again a breathtaking experience you really have
to feel it by yourself in person because the hundred twenty Hertz display is just
quite amazing especially on a mobile device and it's really hard for me to go
back to a smartphone that uses a traditional 60 Hertz display because the
phone feels slower and it just doesn't complete that experience now razer did
increase the brightness of this display by 50 percent so you're looking at 580
nits or just 318 it's on the original RAZER phone so that's certainly again a
incremental upgrade but certainly refreshing to see on the second
generation razer phone software wise this phone is rocking Android 8.1 Oreo
out of the box which is kind of disappointing because I was expecting
Android Pi and you know for phone that's launching at the end of 2018 it just
doesn't make any sense for it to ship with 8.1 but Razer is promising Android
Pi sooner than later not just for the razer phone too but
also for the razer phone one so let's just hope that happens but other than
that you are getting a pretty close to stock Android experience without any
bloatware so that's awesome there are no third-party skins or anything like that
in fact razer gives you full customization options so it is rockin
nova launcher by default but most specifically you do have a theme store
so if you want to play around with different themes that's there but
there's also Razer cortex which is in a dedicated application that makes you
switch between different modes particularly for you know it balanced a
performance mode that lets you just conserve battery life for longer usage
or if you want absolute best performance you can go for the max performance mode
which will give you the highest frame rates but that's definitely gonna take a
little bit of hit on battery life now one of the major drawbacks of the
original razer phone was the camera performance because it just wasn't up to
the standards especially when compared to the flagships from last year and
razer is trying to address that with the razer phone too because they've
implemented dual 12 megapixel cameras you've got a standard lens and a
telephoto lens with a different aperture variants but they do come with optical
image stabilization but most specifically you'd also get you know
extra features like po'trait mode better low-light performance and there's also a
beauty mode integrated on this device so again those are some of the things that
I'll have to validate for the full review so definitely stay tuned for that
but I'm gonna keep my expectations neutral because from my initial testing
or with my initial hands-on with this device I just wasn't impressed with the
camera performance so let's just wait and see I'm just gonna spend some time
with the camera on the razer phone to to give my full thoughts on that and
perhaps I'll be able to compare it to the note 9 and the pixel 2 so again
definitely stay tuned for that so guys that's pretty much a story with the
razer phone 2 and honestly it's an incremental upgrade over the original
razer phone just to quickly run over the updates you're getting a new finish on
the back its now Gorilla Glass 5 with the RGB lat logo and it supports
wireless charging slightly improved cameras it also comes with eyepieces own
water-resistant rating a private display slightly better sounding speakers
and that's about it and of course it's gonna be priced a little bit higher so
the original RAZER phone retailed for $6.99 for the base model the razer phone
2 is gonna be starting at $7.99 for the base model which is certainly an
expensive investment but if you look at the smartphone market in general I think
it's priced competitively especially when you compare to the pixel of 3 the
galaxy note 9 p LG v 40 so again it's a smart phone specifically targeted
towards a certain market if you're a gamer and if you're looking for an
all-in-one entertainment device this is certainly something to look into because
that one in 20 Hertz display is certainly something that I just can't I
can't take my eyes off said I will be spending some time with this device just
like my other devices especially like the note 9 just to see what the
experience is like and if I really like it particularly the cameras those are
some of the things that I really want to test to see if it's actually worth the
$7.99 price tag so certainly stay tuned for the review on eBay with Hydra
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Razer Phone 2 Teardown – The Vapor Chamber is Incredibly Cool

The Razer Phone 2 is one of the coolest phones
I've taken apart in a very long time. Wait till you see this vapor chamber โ€“ it's
incredibly impressive. The clear version I made was cosmetically
disappointing, but the guts of this phone more than make up for it. It's time to review the Razer Phone 2 from
the inside. Let's get started. [Intro] One good thing about having the clear version,
is now you can actually watch how deep my knife penetrates every time I remove back
glass covers from phones. All I ever use is the tip. Any deeper, and fragile stuff might get damaged…like
the battery or the power ribbons. The Razer Phone 2 has 10 screws holding the
top plastic plate over the motherboard. The screws are different, so I'm keeping them
organized as I set them off to the side. Then the plastic lifts up just enough for
me to unsnap the back LED panel Lego-style ribbon connector. And the whole thing can be removed from the
phone. The RGB pad is pretty interesting, especially
since it only illuminates specifically around the snake logo when the phone is turned on.

Apple really dropped the ball by not making
their Apple logo glow on the back of the iPhones. I'll pull off the metal bracket over the battery
and charging port plugs and set that off to the side. And then I'll unclip the battery. The bottom half of the phone has another 10
screws, once again, all different sizes. And then amazingly, the whole battery and
wireless charging combo very easily unfolds out of the phone, exposing part of the massive
copper vapor chamber.

And Marquez will be happy to see a larger
and stronger vibrator this year. It's not taptic, but should still get the
job done. The battery is a 4000 milliamp hour monster,
and very much appreciated that it's not strapped in next to the fragile electronics with a
ridiculous amount of adhesive. Now let's finish unburying the ginormous copper
vapor chamber. There are 2 screws holding on the motherboard. I'll unsnap the charging port ribbon with
my plastic pry tool, along with the side button ribbon, like a little Lego. Then I'll unplug the 3 little wire cables
along the right side โ€“ there are a lot of those this year. The SIM and expandable memory card tray are
next. I'll pop that out of the phone and get the
little wire cable on the left side unplugged, as well as the front facing camera. Then the motherboard can lift up and out of
the phone body. Still attached is the screen ribbon cable
plugged into the underside of the motherboard. It's got it's own little silver bracket holding
the ribbon in place. I'll set that off to the side. The gob of thermal paste you see is right
over top of the processor on this phone.

The processor is the part that generates the
most heat. The paste helps transfer that heat to the
top left corner of the copper vapor chamber. The rear cameras are also plugged into the
motherboard. We have our normal 12 megapixel lens with
optical image stabilization. And an additional camera with 2x optical zoom
โ€“ the perfect combo. I'll let other reviewers handle the comparisons
and see whether the pictures are good or not.

But hardware wise, this is the ideal setup. The front facing camera has quite a lot of
adhesive holding it in place. It's an 8 megapixel little guy. And now for the top stereo speaker. The Razer Phone is known for it's iconically
large speaker grilles, but interestingly enough, the speakers inside aren't that much larger
than normal. Size-wise the speakers are a bit bigger than
the Pixel 3, but not by much. It does have it's own waterproof mesh over
top with a rubber ring to help keep a tight seal against the phone body. But the interesting thing is the tail end
of the speaker. When you mount a large speaker, like a subwoofer,
it's usually placed inside of a box so the speaker has room to move. A lot of cellphones have speakers in such
a tight box that there's no room for movement so they sound terrible. That's not the case with the Razer Phone. The Razer Phone's earpiece has it's own box
with a large air chamber off to the side that allows for speaker movement. It's pretty cool.

I'll just put this back where it came from. The two little square watertight microphone
mesh slots have green rubber on them. It probably wasn't intentional but it still
looks cool. The vapor chamber is still covered up by some
ribbons from down here on the charging port. There are 2 screws holding the board in place. And then an additional 2 screws on the USB-C
port portion. Then the whole thing pulls up and out of the
phone. It's got a little black rubber ring around
the lip of the port, which is good for water resistance, as well as minimizing stress on
the port itself when it gets plugged in.

The bottom speaker, still smaller than you
might think when compared to the outer grille size, also has it's own air compartment right
next to the speaker. And it has it's own water resistant mesh over
top. And finally we're here: the vaper chamber. Basically the whole area inside of the phone. This copper heat sink is pretty awesome. Having a copper plate this large inside of
a phone is already a huge boost to thermal performance over aluminum or steel. But, as I was removing the plate, you can
tell how thick it is.

Basically as the processor heats up the top
left corner of the vapor chamber, the vapor inside also heats up and carries the heat
away to the far side of chamber, where it cools down into liquid and then flows back
to repeat the process. It's kind of like a heat pipe on steroids. Basically a whole radiator for your phone. Pretty fascinating. And you know me, we aren't going to let this
pass by without exploring the inside.

Peeling back the copper, we actually see physical
liquid, not just gas. Little droplets covering the inside of the
copper envelope. I mean, copper along would probably have been
sufficient. But copper combined with liquid and channels
for airflow is seriously some next level stuff. It's like a waterbed inside of your cellphone. Razer is taking smartphone cooling to the
next level. If you like seeing stuff like this, make sure
you're subscribed. You can see that the half currently opened
up is already evaporated.

But this new flap has all the liquid droplets
still inside. Technology is impressive, and Razer definitely
gets a thumbs up for this one. I don't think I'll be able to reuse the chamber
now that it's been opened up. I don't want any sharp metal edges up against
the underside of my battery. The phone will still work without the copper,
it just won't be as efficient under heavy workloads. The chamber is seriously pretty cool. The 120 Hertz screen can be replaced if needed,
but it's glued into the metal body of the phone, so we'll leave it alone for now since
screens don't normally survive the removal process. I'll get the loud speaker tucked back into
place, and the charging port, along with all of it's screws and associated wire cables.

Before I can set the motherboard back down
though, it needs the screen ribbon cable plugged into the underside, screwed in and secured
with it's silver bracket. Then it's ready to be set down into the phone. I haven't turned on this phone in a while. Pretty sure it's dead from the LED flashing
on the back for a few days.

We'll find out in a second. I'll plug in the large charging port ribbon
cable, clips in like a little Lego, as well as the power button ribbon on the left side. Then the whole cool looking battery wireless
charging contraption can slide back onto the phone. Now that I've seen the insides, I'm way more
impressed with the Razer Phone 2. I'll plug in the LED RGBs, add the metal bracket
over the battery connector, and set down the protective plastics over the motherboard. We should be good to go. I'll plug it in while I get the new back glass
into place. Razer has outdone themselves this year with
the cooling system. And there's definitely a new standard in town
for gaming phones. It's a super solid build. Hit that subscribe button if you haven't already. Come hang out with me on Twitter and Instagram,
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Thanks a ton for watching, and I'll see you
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