The most memorable smartphone of the year? Unexpectedly, but this is Motorola Razr ! The brand has revived the famous clamshell range, but with modern chic. The novelty should go on sale at the end of the year.
We managed to hold the device in our hands and we hasten to talk about the main features. Suddenly you already set aside money to buy, but is the game worth the candle?
Specifications Motorola Razr:
- Dimensions: 172 × 72 × 6.9 mm (unfolded), 94 × 72 × 14 mm (folded), 205 g
- Display: primary – 6.2 “, 2142 × 876 (~ 373 ppi), 21: 9, pOLED; auxiliary – 2.7”, 800 × 600, gOLED
- Processor: 8-core Snapdragon 710, up to 2.2 GHz, Adreno 616
- Memory: 6 GB RAM, 128 GB ROM
- Cameras: 16 megapixels, f / 1.7 (main), 5 megapixels, f / 2.0 (front)
- Battery: 2510 mAh
- OS: Android 9 Pie
- Connectivity: Wi-Fi 5, Bluetooth 5.0, 4G, USB-C 3.0
- Cost: $ 1,500
The design of the clamshell was taken in 2004 release – Motorola RAZR V3. To get the most out of nostalgia, a special mode was added to the system – Retro Razr. With it, you get the RAZR V3 interface, it will even slow down. No practical benefit, except to show the children.
At the bottom of the speaker, Type-C connector and microphone, there are four microphones in the smartphone. There is no SIM card slot, eSIM support is declared, the following 4G bands are supported: B2, B3, B4, B5, B7, B8, B13, B20, B28, B38 and B66. In 2020, they promise to release a 5G version.
In addition to the power adapter and cable, the kit includes a case for accessories, an adapter from Type-C to 3.5 mm mini-jack and wired razr earphones. The box is non-standard – the smartphone does not lie in it, but stands.
The main thing is the screen
The most important thing here is the screen. The main plastic coated OLED. The diagonal is 6.2 inches, the resolution is 2142 by 876 pixels – this is 373 dots per inch. The cinema aspect ratio is 21 to 9.
The screen folds in half and the bend is not visible, as in the Galaxy Fold. But to the touch you can feel the hinges under the screen. The technology was developed by Lenovo, and BOE and TCL are engaged in the production of folding panels.
TCL, which owns the Alcatel and BlackBerry brands, has repeatedly shown smartphones with a folding display at exhibitions. In October, they introduced a prototype , the display of which folds in half. But so far the company has assured that this is a “raw” product and it is too early to launch mass production.
The matrix is excellent, but plastic is plastic, even if everything looks fantastic. We are waiting for the appearance of flexible glass. Spoils the picture and a huge cutout on the screen.
On the back there is a 2.7-inch OLED display with a resolution of 800 by 600 pixels with a 4: 3 aspect ratio. It’s called Quick View. You can watch notifications on it, reject calls or take a selfie on the main camera.
Motorola Razr is not a flagship, there are no the best solutions in hardware. The Snapdragon 710 processor, which is used in Xiaomi CC9 or Realme 3 Pro, that is, it is a chip for mid-budget. RAM 6 GB, internal 128 GB – can not be expanded.
The thickness of the smartphone is 6.9 mm, so the battery fit only 2510 mAh. Obviously, the charge will last for three hours at the maximum. We are waiting for actual tests after the device goes on sale. There is no wireless charging, fast wired at 15 W is supported by proprietary TurboPower technology.
The main camera alone is 16 megapixels with aperture f / 1.7, electronic stabilization and dual flash. Laser autofocus. In the camera application, modes are available: portrait, night photo, panorama, live filters, time lapse and slow-mo. Record video in maximum 4K with 30 frames per second.
Motorola smartphones three years ago had gesture control chips. For example, you could twist the smartphone from side to side and the camera started. It worked perfectly and the developers were not too lazy to implement these functions in Razr 2019. In addition to the camera, you can turn on the flash, just shake the device.
Since the selfie, thanks to the second display, can be done on the main camera, the front camera here is only 5 megapixels with aperture f / 2.0. Most likely for video calls. Video recording maximum 1080p.
Cost and preliminary opinion
Motorola Razr promises to go on sale in the US and Europe in December. On the website of the Russian division, you can still leave a request for pre-sales. But the timing of receipt is not specified.
The cost of Motorola Razr in the United States is $ 1,500 and in Europe – $ 1,600. This is cheaper than competitors, but we do not have a flagship product, but only a modernized clamshell of 2004.