Totally Clear Razer Phone 2!! – Some are better than others…

Not all clear phones are created equal – some
turn out way better than others. And this is a story of one clear Razer Phone
that didn’t turn out so well. Let’s get started. [Intro] So usually when I get brand new phones, like
this Razer Phone 2, I’m one of the first people to try and take them apart. Since manufacturers generally frown upon dissecting
phones, or fixing your phone yourself, there is zero instruction on how it’s done. Initially I thought that this year’s Razer
Phone would be similar to last year’s Razer Phone, and we would initiate the teardown
from the large earpiece. Turns out, that earpiece doesn’t have any
screws behind it this year, and it’s completely unnecessary to remove. So let’s just plop that grille back into place
and pretend it didn’t happen. Perfect. Let’s start over. To open up the Razer Phone 2 we start from
the back using a heat gun. On this phone, the glass is a totally flat
slab. Glass is still fragile, of course, so I’m
being extra cautious around the corners, using my razor blade to slice into the Razer Phone
– slightly ironic. The razor cuts the thin band of watertight
adhesive around the inner edges. Once it’s all sliced, the full slab of glass
can pull away from the device, revealing the large black wireless charging coil in the
center, and the wide LED pad for the Razer snake logo right below those dual cameras. At first glance, it’s not as interesting inside
as some of the other clear phones I’ve made, but maybe this minimalist Razer vibe will
still turn out good. I’ll remove the dual cameras lens bracket
that has these same black adhesive holding it to the rear glass panel. Then the black material applied to the underside
of this glass appears to be the same scratchable coating we saw on the Pixel 3. Meaning that instead of pulling it off in
one satisfying layer, the whole thing needs to be scratched off, slice by slice, bit by
bit. I’m going to try to leave the Razer logo intact
this time around, since the glow effect of the LEDs on the back panel is kind of what
makes this phone stand out. It looks like the snakes are stuck on with
the same fragile coating as the rest of the glass, so cutting around them is going to
be rather tedious. But it does give me plenty of time to think
of more super funny phone jokes like this one: Why did the cell phone start wearing glasses? Because it lost all of it’s contacts. The hardest part of this whole project is
the logo in the center, trying to keep that clean and neat while scratching off all the
black paint around it. The good news is that the surface of the glass
panel is harder than my razor blade, so there are no razor scratch marks on the surface
of the glass. My fingers, on the other hand, are softer
than the razor blade, but who needs all 10, right? In the end though, I was relatively successful
in clarifying the back glass panel. It looks pretty slick…and no slices on my
fingers. Thumbs up for that. I just wish the stuff underneath the glass,
inside the phone was more interesting to look at. A little bit of glass cleaner to get rid of
any smudges. Then I’ll set the camera lens into place directly
over the cameras, and then rest the glass panel back into the Razer. It’s definitely unique looking. I think this is one of those cases where a
pure transparent glass back might not be the best option. It might just need a more semi-transparent
gradient blend of black and neon green on the glass. And, of course, a more interesting looking
wireless charging coil. The Razer Phone might just be one of the few
phones that doesn’t look good naked. What do you think? It’s pretty hard to follow up with the fantastic
looking Pixel 3. Maybe I’ll just put one of my extra skins
on the back to make it look normal and pretend it never happened…again. Nailed it. I’ll still be tearing down the Razer Phone
2 to check out the inner liquid cooling vapor chamber and to see if they upgraded their
tiny vibrator this year. Hit that subscribe button if you haven’t already. Come hang out with me on Twitter and Instagram. And thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

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