July 24, 2021

Motorola comes with successor for folding Razr phone – News

Motorola has introduced a new folding phone. It is a 5G version of the Razr that came out earlier this year.

Motorola comes with the Razr 5G. This new version of Motorola’s flip phone, like the version released early this year, is heavily inspired by the ‘flip phones’ with which the company garnered success in the 1990s and early 2000s. It therefore folds horizontally, instead of the vertical systems that some competitors are now using.

When unfolded, the device has the dimensions of a modern smartphone, with a 6.2-inch folding screen. Fold that closed and you get a compact phone with a tiny ‘Quick View’ screen (2.7 inches) on the front on which you get, for example, time, date and notifications.

Ready for 5G

What’s new about this successor? First, the 5G support. The device is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and four 5G antennas. In Belgium you can do little with it for the time being, but the device is already ready for the latest network technology.

On the hardware side, the folding mechanism has been worked on. The screen folds into a teardrop shape in the hinge, allowing the actual phone to close completely. When the Razr is closed, there should therefore be no gap between the two halves, as is the case with some competitors. Motorola has also added a ‘chin’ to the bottom, a threshold that should hold the screen in place when closed, and give the whole thing a sturdier feel.

In addition, Lenovo, now owner of Motorola, has also listened to customer feedback to add new features to the Quick View outer screen. You can now send messages, make video calls and open specific apps without opening the phone. Many of those functions are similar to the kind of apps that appeal to you without unlocking your smartphone: quickly skipping music, checking the time or checking the directions in Google Maps, but it goes further than that. Shortcuts to your favorite contacts have been added so that you can start conversations from Quick View. You can also reply to messages via speech-to-text, or type on the full keyboard that has been crammed into that tiny screen for some reason. Motorola also lets users choose which apps they want to open via the Quick View screen, although the company admits that not every app will look good in a small version.

From Razr 5G © Motorola

Camera cartoon

As usual, the camera has also been jacked up. The front camera has been expanded to 48MP and has a laser focus. A nice cartoon in the Quick View screen should make it easier to get everyone smiling in the photo. That same screen can also immediately show the photo, so that the people you are photographing know whether they look good on it. On the inside, the Razr is still equipped with a 20MP camera for selfies (in this case slightly less important due to the outer screen), and for video calls, for example.

Furthermore, the battery was expanded to 2800mAh and the fingerprint sensor was incorporated into the Motorola logo on the outside. The device also calls itself water-repellent, but this is not about an IP rating. So don’t keep it under water.

Like its predecessor, the Razr 5G has a target price of 1,499 euros. This makes it cheaper than other foldable devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Fold or Huawei’s Mate X. The device should be released in October in our country.

Motorola comes with the Razr 5G. This new version of Motorola’s flip phone, like the version released early this year, is heavily inspired by the ‘flip phones’ with which the company garnered success in the 1990s and early 2000s. It therefore folds horizontally, instead of the vertical systems that some competitors are now using. When unfolded, the device has the dimensions of a modern smartphone, with a 6.2-inch folding screen. Fold that closed and you get a compact phone with a tiny ‘Quick View’ screen (2.7 inches) on the front on which you get, for example, time, date and notifications. What’s new about this successor? First, the 5G support. The device is equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor and four 5G antennas. In Belgium you can do little with it for the time being, but the device is already ready for the latest network technology. On the hardware side, the folding mechanism has been worked on. The screen folds into a teardrop shape in the hinge, allowing the actual phone to close completely. When the Razr is closed, there should therefore be no gap between the two halves, as is the case with some competitors. Motorola has also added a ‘chin’ to the bottom, a threshold that should hold the screen in place when closed, and give the whole thing a sturdier feel. In addition, Lenovo, now owner of Motorola, has also listened to customer feedback to add new features to the Quick View outer screen. You can now send messages, make video calls and open specific apps without opening the phone. Many of those functions are similar to the kind of apps that appeal to you without unlocking your smartphone: quickly skipping music, checking the time or checking the directions in Google Maps, but it goes further than that. Shortcuts to your favorite contacts have been added so that you can start conversations from Quick View. You can also reply to messages via speech-to-text, or type on the full keyboard that has been crammed into that tiny screen for some reason. Motorola also lets users choose which apps they want to open via the Quick View screen, although the company admits that not every app will look good in a small version. As is the case, the camera has also been jacked up. The front camera has been expanded to 48MP and has a laser focus. A nice cartoon in the Quick View screen should make it easier to get everyone smiling in the photo. That same screen can also immediately show the photo, so that the people you are photographing know whether they look good on it. On the inside, the Razr is still equipped with a 20MP camera for selfies (in this case slightly less important due to the outer screen), and for video calls, for example. Furthermore, the battery was expanded to 2800mAh and the fingerprint sensor was incorporated into the Motorola logo on the outside. The device also calls itself water-repellent, but this is not about an IP rating. So do not keep the thing under water. Just like its predecessor, the Razr 5G has a target price of 1,499 euros. This makes it cheaper than other foldable devices such as Samsung’s Galaxy Fold or Huawei’s Mate X. The device should be released in October in our country.

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