“The Razer Phone 2 didn’t even flinch under the extreme pressure applied during the bend test as oppose to its predecessor”
Popular YouTube Zack Nelson, who is known for his rigorous durability tests on his channel JerryRigEverything, put yet another flagship through paces. The latest smartphone to bear the brunt of Nelson’s pricks and razor is the newest Razer Phone 2. The second-generation gaming smartphone fared a lot better than its predecessor – Razor Phone (first impressions), which showed some cosmetic damage during the scratch and bend test.
As usual, the YouTuber starts by putting the 5.72-inch 120Hz display against his dreaded Moh’s scale test. The smartphones comes with a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 5 on top, which as expected develops scuffs on level 6 and deep scratches at the level 7. Speaking of the display, the LCD panel lasted all of 19 seconds against the open flame of a gas lighter. The pixels died and turned black at the point of contact as expected, however, they recovered soon as the display cooled down. Nelson then goes on to pick his infamous razor to check the durability of the materials used. The razor test revealed the sides to be metal, which we already know to be an anodised aluminium frame. The top and bottom speaker grille are the same as last year and crafted from plastic.
Next up was the rear panel, and unlike last year, Razer Phone 2 now comes with a glass back panel and as such the razor failed to leave its mark on the panel as well as the RGB logo. To recall, the original Razer Phone picked up a scratch with every contact of the razor and Nelson was also able to pull out the Razer logo at the back. Surprisingly, the horizontal camera module also picked up scratches on the Razer Phone. Notably, Razer has improved the glass on the camera module this year as they were as unaffected as the glass panel. The bend test was even more impressive, as the latest launch didn’t give in even while applying extreme force. This was not the case last year, when the Razer Phone flexed quite a lot and cracked at the point of bending.
The takeaway from this test is that Razer has improved the build quality a lot over its debut launch and Razer Phone 2 is one impressive smartphone when it comes to durability. Razer has launched the smartphone with a sticker price of $799 (~Rs 59,500). The smartphone is being offered in two hues – Mirror Black and Satin Black.