Could we see a Snapdragon 855-powered Razer Phone 2 in 2018?

Fans of the original Razer Phone, rejoice. It looks like we may be treated to a Razer Phone 2 before the end of 2018.

The announcement came from the mouth of none other than Razer’s own global vice president Chen Xiaoping during the gaming trade show ChinaJoy 2018, who said that a new handset from the company could be launched by the end of the year.

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One small caveat: Xiaoping did only specify China. It’s not clear if this was just because the statement was made in China or whether we’ll be looking at a localised release.

Xiaoping did add that the new handset will use the latest Snapdragon processor, which at the time of writing is the Snapdragon 845 found most flagship smartphones, including the Sony Xperia XZ2, the OnePlus 6 and the LG G7.

An earlier Razer Phone 2 report suggested it could land at IFA 2018. That’s less than a year after the original launched.

Of course, with a vague release date of ‘the end of the year’, it’s possible that the 845 will no longer be the latest and greatest hardware if and when the Razer Phone 2 emerges. Could the currently unannounced Snapdragon 855 feature instead? That seems possible, but it’s pure speculation at this point.

Either the 845 or currently theoretical 855 would be an upgrade. The original Snapdragon 835-toting Razer Phone was something of a curiosity when it emerged late last year.

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We praised its superb gaming performance, brilliant speakers and unprecedented 120Hz screen in our review, but found the lack of waterproofing disappointing and the camera pretty dreadful. Despite this, it managed to get a credible 8/10.

If Razer can build on the strong points and fix the weaknesses, the Razer Phone 2 could definitely be worth keeping an eye on – assuming it makes it out of China, that is.

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