Following the acquisition of Nextbit, Razer launched the Razer Phone at the end of 2017, the first smartphone to offer a 120Hz refresh rate. It resonated well with gamers, especially with a price that is £100-200 cheaper than many other flagship smartphones, but it’s not a perfect smartphone.
Recent rumours suggest that development of the Razer Phone 2 is underway, and we might even be seeing it later this year. Here’s everything we know so far about the Razer Phone 2, from the possible release date to pricing and feature speculation.
Razer Phone 2 release date rumours
So, when will we see the second-generation Razer Phone revealed? While the first-gen Razer Phone was unveiled fairly late in 2017, rumours suggest that the company is aiming for a slightly earlier launch in 2018 – possibly even in September, according to an “internal source”.
If the September reveal is to be believed, we speculate that the Razer Phone 2 will make its debut during IFA 2018, which takes place between 31 August and 5 September 2018.
The source of the information couldn’t be verified though, so take this rumour with a pinch of salt. We’ll keep our ears to the ground and will update this section with any more rumours as we receive them.
Razer Phone 2 UK pricing rumours
How much should we expect the Razer Phone 2 to retail for in the UK? While we’re still some time away from a potential release, UK pricing is yet to be confirmed. However, with that being said, we can look back at the RRP for the original Razer Phone to make an informed prediction.
At launch, the Razer Phone was £695 in the UK, although the price dropped by £100 when buying it from Three. If Razer intends to offer the same 120Hz refresh rate, huge battery and other gamer-related tech in the second-gen smartphone, we imagine that it’ll cost around the £700 mark.
Razer Phone 2 spec rumours
So, what do we know so far about the Razer Phone 2? Beyond when it’s likely to appear, admittedly not much. We imagine that the second-gen Razer Phone will sport a similar 120Hz refresh rate display, although it might include an improved camera setup as it was where we thought the Razer Phone needed some improvement.
But while we don’t know much about the phone itself, we might be seeing Razer’s Project Linda announced alongside the smartphone. First showcased as a concept at CES 2018, Project Linda is a lap-dock that utilises the internals of the Razer Phone to provide a laptop-esque experience.
Execs are allegedly deciding whether to go ahead with production of Project Linda in the next few days, and if the outcome is positive, it’s earmarked for a September launch – according to the same source that predicted the Razer Phone 2 release date.
This, to us, suggests that the Razer Phone 2 won’t feature any massive design changes. Project Linda is (of course) compatible with the current Razer Phone, and we imagine that many gamers will be disappointed if their smartphones (which were originally compatible) aren’t officially compatible at launch.