Razer surprised quite a lot of folks when it announced last year that it was going to release a smartphone. The phone was positively received by critics and was especially praised for its 120Hz display. The company is widely expected to release a successor next month, and new renders of the phone, courtesy of prolific leakster Evan Blass, show that the phone has largely retained the design of the previous model.
There are large bezels at the top and bottom of the screen, suggesting the gaming peripherals maker has decided to not jump onto the bezel-less display bandwagon. It may also retain a more traditional 16:9 aspect ratio, instead of the longer 18-19:9 displays we're seeing on smartphones these days.
Round back is where you start to see a few changes. The dual camera setup has been moved to the upper centre of the phone, with the flash tucked away in the middle of the two sensors. The Razer logo is the only other thing to adorn the back of the chassis, and the design is otherwise pretty much identical to last year's model.
Enough politics for today. pic.twitter.com/5nUc3xdden— Evan Blass (@evleaks) September 28, 2018
The only other thing that is expected to change this time around is the inclusion of Razer's signature Chroma lighting. The logo on the back is bright green in colour in this year's model (compared to a more muted black shade on the original), and this could be where Razer is implementing its RGB lighting effects, allowing you to change the logo's colour based on different states, for example.
As for the specs of the phone, the 120Hz display will almost certainly make a return. The chipset is also expected to be upgraded to the latest Qualcomm processor, the Snapdragon 845. Last year's model was powered by 8GB of RAM, had a 4,000mAh battery and 64GB of storage so this year's model should at least match those specs, if not supersede them.
Razer is holding an event on October 10, and this is where the company will most likely reveal its latest gaming phone for the first time.