Razer Phone 2 powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 expected to arrive in China by end 2018

The Razer Phone 2 might arrive by December 2018 in China. (Source: CNET)
The Razer Phone 2 might arrive by December 2018 in China. (Source: CNET)
The Razer Phone 2 might be launching sometime in December 2018 according to Razer Vice President Chen Xiaoping who revealed this information during the just concluded ChinaJoy entertainment expo. Given the launch timeframe, it is being speculated that the Razer Phone 2 might feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 SoC.

The successor to the Razer Phone might launch by end-2018 in China if Razer Global Vice President Chen Xiaoping's words are anything to go by. In an interview during the just concluded ChinaJoy 2018 expo, Chen Xiaoping said that the Razer Phone 2 will be using the latest Qualcomm chipset. Although he did not mention any specifics, there is speculation that the phone might feature the upcoming Snapdragon 855. 

There have been some reports stating that the Razer Phone 2 would be revealed as early as IFA 2018 next month. While that information comes from Frandroid's internal sources, it would be safer to side with Xiaoping's assertion for the moment. It also makes sense as Qualcomm usually unveils new SoCs during December so Razer would want to be one of the first to lap it up. This ensures that the phone will remain relevant as an up to date flagship for the major part of 2019. There is not much competition to the Razer Phone as of now and it doesn't make sense to rush out a new iterative model just for the sake of it. There are also rumors that Razer's Project Linda might be a key selling feature of the Razer Phone 2.

We are seeing an uptick in the number of OEMs focusing on the gaming demographic. Apart from the Razer Phone, the Xiaomi Black Shark and Asus ROG Phone are some of the other gamer-focused smartphones out there. Huawei has also turned its attention towards gaming with the introduction of software enhancements such as GPU Turbo. There are reports that Samsung is also looking to embrace mobile gamers and the upcoming Galaxy Note 9 is also being targeted at gamers as it comes with support for the Vulkan API and is touted to be launchpad for Fortnite Mobile on Android.


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Vaidyanathan Subramaniam, 2018-08- 8 (Update: 2018-08- 8)
Vaidyanathan Subramaniam
I am a cell and molecular biologist and computers have been an integral part of my life ever since I laid my hands on my first PC which was based on an Intel Celeron 266 MHz processor, 16 MB RAM and a modest 2 GB hard disk. Since then, I’ve seen my passion for technology evolve with the times. From traditional floppy based storage and running DOS commands for every other task, to the connected cloud and shared social experiences we take for granted today, I consider myself fortunate to have witnessed a sea change in the technology landscape. I honestly feel that the best is yet to come, when things like AI and cloud computing mature further. When I am not out finding the next big cure for cancer, I read and write about a lot of technology related stuff or go about ripping and re-assembling PCs and laptops.