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