Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Specs comparison

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - speaker grills

Razer has just unveiled the Razer Phone 2 and — as expected — it is a real powerhouse. The specs on the first Razer Phone are still pretty impressive, however. Let’s take a look to see how the Razer Phone 2 improves upon the original so you can decide whether or not it is worth upgrading.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Design

As you can see from the pictures, the Razer Phone 2 has a very similar design to the Razer Phone. They both have a boxy chassis which clearly marks them out as Razer Phones.

The Razer Phone 2 has almost the exact same dimensions and display size as the original phone. The large bezels found on the original phone are also still present. While this means the Razer Phone 2 doesn’t have the sleekest design, it does keep the two huge front facing speakers that were housed in the bezels of the first phone.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - rear

The biggest design difference is that the Razer logo on the rear of the Razer Phone 2 illuminates. You can even change the color. The phone also changes color when you get a notification, though at the moment the color of the notification cannot be set by the phone owner.

This may not be the biggest design change but it could still be pretty useful to ensure you don’t miss notifications when your phone is placed face down on a surface. It will also likely be a well-received addition by people who are already fans of Razer and the Chroma LED effects built into its other products.

The Razer Phone 2’s LED lights are sure to appeal to existing fans of Razer products.

The other main design difference between the two phones is that the rear dual-camera setup has been moved from the top corner into the center of the phone.  This gives the Razer Phone 2 a slightly more symmetrical look and, according to Razer, improves the phone’s portrait mode.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Display and performance

When it comes to display and performance, there are some similarities between the two phones and also a few ways in which the Razer Phone 2 is better than the original.

Both phones have a 5.72-inch 120Hz LCD display with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. However, with a maximum of 645 nits, the display on the Razer Phone 2 is 50 percent brighter than the original phone. This is great news as one of our complaints about the first phone was that the screen was a little too dim.

Additionally, the newer phone uses Gorilla Glass 5 while the older phone uses Gorilla Glass 3.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - home screen

The biggest performance difference is that the Razer Phone 2 has a Snapdragon 845 processor, while the Razer Phone uses a Snapdragon 835. Having said that, this may not make the biggest difference in day-to-day use. While the Snapdragon 845 is the latest unit, the Snapdragon 835 is still a more than capable chipset that should be able to handle pretty much whatever you throw at it.

When the Razer Phone was first unveiled, it was one of the first devices to get 8GB RAM. The Razer Phone 2 also comes with 8GB RAM. While phones with 8GB RAM may not be quite as rare as when the first Razer phone was released, it is still far more than enough to power the phone.

The Razor Phone 2 is a powerhouse. It comes with 8GB RAM and the latest Snapdragon processor.

The RAM size may be the same but there is a difference in the type of RAM used. The Razer Phone uses LPDDR4 RAM while the Razer Phone 2 uses LPDDR4x RAM. The latter is more power efficient and could result in the phone having better battery life.

While the original Razer Phone came with 64GB storage, Razer has unveiled both 64GB and 128GB versions of the Razer Phone 2. Both phones have an SD card slot so you can add more storage if needed.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Camera

Like the Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2 has a rear dual-camera setup with a 12MP wide-angle lens with f/1.75 aperture and a 12MP telephoto lens with f/2.6 aperture. On the front, both versions of the Razer Phone have an 8MP f/2.0 selfie shooter.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - FFC and speaker grill

On paper, it all sounds familiar but there are some differences. This time around the wide sensor has Optical Image Stabilization and the sensors are made by Sony. The position of the rear cameras has also changed which should help improve the phone’s portrait mode. Finally, Razer has made adjustments to the camera app’s UI which, it says, will make the app more intuitive.

Overall, Razer says that this means the newer phone has a much better camera than the older version.

Razer thinks the camera on the Razer Phone 2 is a big improvement on the first phone.

When the Razer Phone was first released, the camera was poorly received. If the camera on the Razer Phone 2 is much better — we’ll have to wait for our review to find out if it truly is — it would certainly help make the phone seem like a more attractive proposition to those who want a device with features that go beyond gaming.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Audio

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - speaker grills

The dual front-facing speakers on the Razer Phone were praised highly upon the phone’s release. In our review, we said they were louder than pretty much any other phone.

Fortunately, these speakers are set to make a return on the Razer Phone 2. Like the first Razer Phone, the Razer Phone 2 does not have a headphone jack, although it does come with a USB-C adapter with 24-bit DAC.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Battery

There is little to separate the battery found in the Razer Phone and the Razer Phone 2. Both are 4,000mAh and support Qualcomm’s QuickCharge 4 technology.

The only thing that might make a difference to battery life is the Razer Phone 2 has more efficient RAM and a newer Snapdragon processor. We’ll have to wait until we test out the newer phone’s battery to see how much of a difference it makes (if any) to regular use.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Extras

One huge extra is that the Razer Phone 2 is IP67 water resistant. This is quite impressive considering the huge speaker grills on the front of the phone. The original Razer Phone had no IP rating.

The Razer Phone 2 will ship with Android 8.1, the same version of Android that the Razer Phone currently uses. However, Razer says the Razer Phone 2 will soon get Android Pie. While the company has not yet said whether or not the original phone will also get a Pie upgrade, it would be pretty surprising if it doesn’t.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone: Price

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - logo

The Razer Phone 2 costs either $799 for the 64GB version or $899 for the 128GB version. This is a $100 increase on the price of the first Razer Phone upon its release.

As it is now a year old, you may be able to find the first phone for significantly less than this. While it is currently listed as sold out on the Razer website, the Razer Phone can still be found for a discounted price on Amazon.

  Razer Phone 2 Razer Phone
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 Qualcomm Snapdragon 835
System Memory 8GB (LPDDR4X) 8 GB (LPDDR4)
Storage Internal: 64GB or 128GB
External: Micro SD slot (up to 2TB)
Internal: 64GB
External: Micro SD slot (up to 2TB)
Display 5.72-inch IGZO LCD
1440 x 2560
120Hz
16:9 aspect ratio
Wide Color Gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 5
645 nits
5.72-inch IGZO LCD
1440 x 2560
120Hz
16:9 aspect ratio
120 Hz
Wide Color Gamut
Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Rear Cameras 12MP wide-angle Sony sensor with f/1.75 aperture and OIS
12MP zoom sensor with autofocus f/2.6 aperture
Dual PDAF (Phase detection Autofocus)
Dual tone, dual LED flash
Video 160p@60fps
1080p@120fps
stereo sound recording
12 MP wide-angle sensor with f/1.75 aperture, PDAF
12 MP zoom sensor with f/2.6 aperture
PDAF
Dual tone, dual LED flash
Front Camera 8MP fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Video 1080p@60fps
8 MP fixed focus sensor with f/2.0 aperture
Sound Stereo Front facing speakers
Dual Amplifiers/Dolby Atmos
Audio Adapter with 24-bit DAC
Stereo front-facing speakers
Dual amplifiers
Audio adapter with 24-bit DAC
Power 4000mAh battery
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
4,000mAh battery
Qualcomm QuickCharge 4.0+
Wireless 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Dual-band (MIMO), Antennae 2×2
Bluetooth 5.0 minimum, A2DP, LE, LE Data Length
Extension
NFC
A-GPS
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetooth 4.2
NFC
Logo Illuminated Non-ulluminated
Size 158.5 x 78.99 x 8.5 mm 158.5 x 77.7 x 8 mm
Android version Android 8.1 (upgraded soon) Android 8.1
Network GSM: 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA: 1/2/3/4/5/8
FDD-LTE:
1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/14/17/18/19/20/26/28/29/30/32/66/71
TDD LTE: 38/39/40/41/48
TD-SCDMA: 34/39
LAA: 46
4×4 MIMO: 1/2/3/4/7/30/38/48/66
GSM: Quad-band GSM
UMTS: B1/2/3/4/5/8 LTE:B1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/17/19/20/25/26/28/29/30/66
TDD LTE: B38/39/40/41
TD-SCDMA: B34/39

So, which one should I choose?

If you already own the Razer Phone, then you may not find the changes Razer made to its latest model to be enough to warrant an upgrade.

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However, if you don’t own either phone, then the Razer Phone 2 is the better device. It has a newer processor, an upgraded camera, and a cool new lighting effect. The brighter screen will also be something that you will likely notice when using the phone.

Razer Phone 2 vs Razer Phone - USB Type-C port

The Razer Phone 2 has also kept a lot about what made the original such an enticing proposition, such as its 120hz display and its dual front-facing speakers.

The Razer Phone 2 is more expensive than the Razer Phone so if you can find a good deal on the original phone, then you will have to factor this into your decision. However, if you are just looking for the better phone, then the updated version is the way to go.

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That didn’t take long: You can now download the Pixel 3 version of Google Camera

Pixel 3 XL hands on

  • Users with older versions of the Google Pixel can now download the latest Pixel 3 Google Camera APK.
  • The app comes with some new features and changes to the UI.
  • Some of the Google Pixel 3 camera’s main features, such as Top Shot and Night Mode, are not included.

An APK of the latest version of the Google Camera app is now available to download (spotted by Android Police). The new version of the app brings some big UI changes and new features to the camera of older Google Pixel phones.

Unfortunately, new Google Pixel 3 camera modes such as Top Shot, Photobooth, and Night Sight are still exclusive to the latest phones.

Google Camera screenshot 3
Google Camera screenshot 2
Google Camera screenshot

Nonetheless, the additions the app brings to older Pixel models are still useful. The biggest change is that the Google Camera app now has support for RAW images. This is great news for those who like to really tinker with their photos. You can turn RAW support on in the “advanced” section of the settings menu.

Another change comes to the face retouching option found in portrait mode. Instead of simply having the option to turn retouching on or off, you can now set the type of retouching to either natural or soft. Google also made a slight change to the way you take panoramas within the app. It now directs you to create the panorama using arrows, not alignable dots like in the old version.

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UI changes include a new way to switch between camera modes. Much like on the iPhone, you now just have to scroll to the left or the right in a menu above the shutter button to change to a different mode. Clicking on “More” in this menu brings up other camera functions such as Photo Sphere, AR Stickers, and Lens. 

If you want to give the latest version of Google Camera a try, you can download the APK here. While it is currently only available for Google Pixel users, last year, it didn’t take long for people to port the app so it could work on other devices. 

Prepare for harvest season, because Stardew Valley is finally coming to Android

Stardew Valley on mobile. ConcernedApe

  • Popular farming game Stardew Valley is making its way to Android and iOS.
  • The iOS version launches on October 24, but there’s no launch date for the Android port right now.
  • The mobile version lacks mod support and multiplayer content, but adds touch-related tweaks.

Stardew Valley is one of the most popular indie titles in recent memory, considered by many to be a spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon series. We’re a little surprised it isn’t available on mobile though, but you won’t have to wait too long to farm on your smartphone.

The game will land on iOS on October 24, according to a blog post by developer Eric Barone (h/t: Polygon). Stardew Valley will also arrive on Android, Barone confirmed, but there’s no exact launch date just yet.

The developer says this is indeed the full game (with content up to version 1.3), albeit with touch controls and touch-focused tweaks (e.g. new UI). Unfortunately, mod support and multiplayer content isn’t available in the mobile version.

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The developer adds that the iOS version will be available for $7.99 and won’t offer in-app purchases. It’s unclear whether the Android version will take the same approach or deliver a free-to-play solution.

Barone also says iOS players can transfer their PC saves to mobile via iTunes — hopefully Android players can transfer their saves too.

News of a mobile release means you can soon play Stardew Valley practically anywhere. The game was originally released on PC in 2016, making its way to Xbox One and PS4 shortly thereafter. It’s since landed on PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch. Now, about a Dreamcast release…

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Amazon’s latest Echo devices are already discounted in India

The Echo Dot (3rd gen) is discounted by 33%, and the Echo Plus (2nd gen) picks up a 20% price cut ahead of its debut.

Amazon’s latest Echo devices are set to go on sale in India from October 11, and the retailer is offering enticing discounts on the products as part of its Great Indian Festival sale. The sales features lucrative discounts on the new Echo Dot and the Echo Plus, as well as the standard Echo and the Echo Spot.

The Echo Dot (3rd gen) was announced last month, and is set to go on sale starting October 11 for ₹4,499 ($60). Right now, you can pick up the device for just ₹2,999 ($40), which is a 33% discount on its asking price. The Echo Dot now comes with a fabric design and improved sound quality, and it’s an ideal entry point into the Echo ecosystem.

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The Echo Plus (2nd gen) is more diminutive in stature, but it retains the smart hub that allows it to pair to smart lights directly. Amazon says the sound quality is also better on the new Echo Plus, and the fabric finish gives it a premium look. The Echo Plus is set to retail for ₹14,999 ($200), but it’s discounted by 20% and is available for ₹11,999 ($160).

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In addition to the Echo Dot and the Echo Plus, last year’s Echo is on sale for just ₹6,999 ($95), ₹3,000 off its retail price. Amazon is also offering a 15% discount on the Echo Spot, which brings it down to ₹10,999 ($150).

That’s just a few of the Amazon devices that are currently on sale. Hit up the link below for a full list of Echo and Kindle devices that are discounted right now.

See at Amazon India

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Google Play Music mimics Youtube Music, now showing details about upcoming concerts

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The devolution of this key feature of WhatsApp will prevent mob-lynching in India

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Nokia 3.1 is available in Poland too

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MyJio for Android updated with some interesting new features

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Nokia 8110 4G becomes available in China and sells out

China has become the latest market to get the Banana phone’s new avatar Nokia 8110 4G. We earlier reported about Nokia 8110 4G going on pre-order in European markets and becoming available in Singapore, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Ghana and Nigeria. Nokia 8110 4G that runs Kai OS is priced at Yuan 499 in China and was already available to buy today…

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