Introducing the Best Smartphone Display… And It’s Not Apple

November 15, 2018 •

The Unrivaled Display of the Razer Phone 2

So, here is the Razer Phone 2. It’s not so different from the first Razer Phone. It has the same sharp brick design, same unapologetic forehead and chin that house big speakers, and the same wonderful screen. The display is the big draw here, and I’m going to make the case for why all phone manufacturers should follow Razer’s lead here.

Let me just quickly explain what’s going on with the screen here: Razer has engineered a display with a 120Hz refresh rate, which means the phone is redrawing what’s on the screen 120 times per second. That’s at least twice as fast as what most other phones are doing, and it results in silky-smooth motion that’s hard to capture on camera. Supposedly, this is supposed to give users an edge in gaming, but to me it’s most noticeable when I’m just scrolling through the phone, changing settings and checking email. With the first Razer Phone, this was such an unexpectedly pleasant experience, and that carries over to the Razer Phone 2.

I do a lot of video editing, so I’m probably more likely to notice differences in frame rates than people who don’t stare at footage all day long. To test this theory, I asked one of my coworkers to give his thoughts on the display. He could tell that the display was high quality but didn’t know exactly what made it seem special. So while the average person may not know why the display is better, they probably will notice the difference.

Razer Phone

What Else Makes it Great?

And even though the screen is by far my favorite part about this phone, the Razer Phone 2 brings plenty of beefy specs to make it a dark horse competitor to the Samsung Note9 at $800. It’s got 8GB of RAM, expandable storage via microSD up to 512GB, 4000 mAh battery, Snapdragon 845 processor, and a 24-bit DAC that is supposed to deliver a high-fidelity audio output. The new phone also has included wireless charging and a glowing customizable RGB Razer logo on the back of the device; a feature carried over from Razer’s line of gaming laptops.

So yeah, that’s the phone. It’s got an okay camera and a side-mounted fingerprint reader, but again, the screen is what’s important here. It was so nice just swiping around on the phone, and I’m really surprised other phone manufacturers aren’t including high refresh rates on their devices. Apple has ProMotion on the iPad Pro, which is also 120Hz, but for now the Razer Phones are the only smartphones with this display. I think people would be really surprised at how much this technical-sounding niche upgrade improves their overall experience with a phone, and I’m looking forward to when this becomes the standard for all phones.

That’s all I have to say. I’m just going to play games now.

Razer Phone