While gaming on smartphones has been around since, well, smartphones, the idea of a dedicated gaming phone is still relatively fresh and new. Razer is wisely trying to establish a foothold in the burgeoning market before it gets too crowded and they’re hoping the Razer Phone 2 will do just that.

Design-wise, the phone looks like its predecessor, but it sports a new aluminum frame. On the inside, it’s rocking a Snapdragon 845 chipset with an Adreno 630 visual chip. The phone uses a modified version of the vapor chamber cooling technology found on the Razer Blade 15 laptop to stay cool through intense use. The phone also 8GB of RAM, LTE gigabit antennas, 64GB of storage, and a powerful 4,000mAh battery.

A seemingly minor change that apparently makes a good bit of difference, the Razer Phone 2 features rounded edges, making it a lot easier to hold than its predecessor. The 5.7-inch screen offers improved HDR coverage and brightness while retaining the 2560 x 1440 qHD resolution and 120Hz refresh rate. Two front-facing speakers blast Dolby Atmos sound.

The Razer Phone 2 is available for pre-order now for a yet unknown shipping date. The phone will be sold unlocked in the United States for $799. Unfortunately, the phone will ship with Android 8.1, but will get Android Pie through an over-the-air upgrade.

Does this mark a new age in mobile gaming? There’s certainly a market for it, but does market actually want a dedicated gaming phone or are they happy with their everyday flagships?

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