The beginning of the era of foldable smartphones pointed to a major shift at the helm of mobile device design, but manufacturers continue to surprise us with what they have up their sleeve for this new phase – or, in the case of Motorola, for the “old-new” phase.
Many of you (at least those who experienced the 2000s to the full) will remember cell phones from flip, like the iconic Razr V3 – we can say, with tranquility, that he was a fever! Just seeing a V3 image, many of you will probably feel nostalgic, especially those who owned this beauty.
Now, the manufacturer wants to start another frenzy among users with the new Motorola razr, a device that is, for all purposes, the natural evolution of the V3.
Yes, the new Razr is foldable and, unlike its most popular competitor (Samsung’s Galaxy Fold), it changes the horizontal design to maintain the vertical profile of its ancestor. Certainly, the new device has lost some of the ultra-thin design that made the original Razr a hit so many years ago (due to the 6.2-inch screen, with a 21: 9 aspect ratio); still, it is compact enough to fit in your pocket.
Motorola also kept the small V3-like display on the front of the new Razr (which faces the back when opened), retrofitting it to provide more up-to-date functions (such as viewing notifications, supporting streaming and the Google Assistant).
As with the V3, one of the front cameras, located below this small display, is also the main one. When opened, the Razr has another lens, located in the cutout of the main display.
Those who have already put their hands on the device said that the entire opening and closing mechanism is “extremely satisfactory”. In the words of Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge: “Closing the phone to disconnect a call is a delight”, as it was also in V3.
The chassis of the new Razr is made of very durable materials, such as stainless steel at the edges; the back is textured with a sticky material, essential to not drop it when opening and closing the smartphone.
Design and nostalgia aside (for now), let’s go to the specifications of the new Motorola Razr: as we said, the device has a 6.2 inch (2142 × 876 pixels) pOLED foldable main display (the “p” is plastic), in addition to a smaller 2.7-inch (800 × 600 pixels) glass-lined OLED display on the front. The main camera (which is both front and rear) has 16MP, ƒ/1.7 and feature support Night Vision; the internal camera has “only” 5MP.
Still internally, the Razr has a Snapdragon 710 processor with 6GB of RAM and internal storage capacity of 128GB. Regarding the battery, the device stores a 2,510mAh cell and, like the latest Android devices, charging is done via a USB-C port.
Speaking of Android, the new Razr runs version 9 (Pie) of Google’s mobile operating system, but the device will support Android 10.
To take advantage of both the camera and the front display, Motorola implemented Moto Actions on the new Razr, allowing the user to make gestures to activate specific functions (such as opening the camera, or activating the flashlight) without actually touching the device.
Pricing and availability
Like most foldable phones, the Motorola Razr targets a specific audience – either by design or price. According to the manufacturer, its new foldable will be sold from $ 1,500.
THE gadget will be available to order from the day December 26 exclusively for customers of the American operator Verizon, and the first units will be shipped from January 9th.
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Update, for Rafael Fischmann Nov 14, 2019 at 16:10
According to Tecnoblog, the new Motorola Razr will arrive in Brazil in January 2020. Its price in reais, however, has not yet been released.
Motorola has put up a website for anyone who wants to be notified when there is more information about it.