Last year’s foldable Motorola razor combined with amazing new foldable tech in display and hinge caused serious excitement with just the right amount of tech nostalgia. But it was quickly enraged by the reality of using the device. Its slow processor, poor camera and questionable build quality, coupled with Verizon-exclusive availability and high pricing, made it a non-starter for most. And just a few months later, Samsung’s improved Galaxy Z flip clamshell foldable snatched up the chance of a razor.
Less than a year after the retail availability of the first foldable razor, Motorola is announcing a successor with drastic changes in exterior design, interior specs and camera quality – directly addressing complaints we’ve had before Was with the phone. And perhaps best of all, the new razor will be unlocked and available internationally.
Above, make it clear that the new razor has the same size, shape and dimensions. It has the same internal 6.2-inch 21: 9 foldable display, and the same external 2.7-inch Quick View display. It also runs the same software – although there was a substantial update to the functionality of the Quick View display recently, including the ability to run any app, complete quick tasks, and respond to messages in addition to the usual features of notifications, and A camera viewfinder.
But trust me, it’s still a big upgrade because Everything Razor has been further improved. In addition to being the same basic shape, the design has received an overhaul. There is now 3D curved glass on either side, which makes the overall profile symmetrical and smooth, with an aluminum frame debuting in three new colors: Black, Gold and Gray. The “chin” on the bottom is now smoother and shorter, and left the fingerprint sensor on the back of the phone. The whole is also splash resistant, which is very surprising for a folding phone with so many moving parts. Motorola had already introduced an excellent design last time, and it is a sleek refresh.
New hardware makes razor more competitive
You will find internal spec bumps all over the mandala, and they were definitely necessary. A Snapdragon 765G processor runs the show, which is a very big upgrade, and is paired with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage – modern specs, after all. The 2,800mAh battery is 11% larger than before, and is paired with a new processor needed Address deficiencies at the origin. Interestingly, despite the extra capacity, the phone is lighter than before.
Perhaps most importantly, Motorola upgraded the weakest part of the previous Razor: its camera. A new 48-megapixel sensor, which you’ll recognize Ton Upper-mid-range phones have improved drastically in 2020. It will do 4-to-1 pixel binning to produce 12MP photos with dramatically better clarity and brightness, and this larger sensor paired with OIS (optical image stabilization) will be miles ahead of older models in low-light scenes. . This also means that the razor should be good for selfies, because the rear camera is Front camera when you turn off the clamshell and use the Quick View display as your viewfinder – one of the benefits of a foldable phone.
Motorola promises that the hinges are better. Actually
In learning about the new Razor, my biggest question for Motorola was about the hinge and the durability of the screen. Were the reports of mass separation, creepy and rough on the first model different? And what has changed for this model? Clever hinge and substrate that allows to reduce the performance curve at a more gradual rate and slide under the chin looks like Great, but the whole combination did not deny the price on the first model.
Motorola says that when working in the same way, specific changes have been made to reduce noise during movement and to smooth the sliding portion at the base of the phone. The company also said that once again there is a lot of confidence in the strength of both the hinge and the screen, adding that they are testing over 200,000 folds.
For what it’s worth, complaints about hinge noise after the initial review have not seen more than a few hinge or performance failures from Razor in actual customer hands, so we know durability isn’t necessarily an issue. It works perfectly smoothly. However, we will have to wait to find out if the overall experience of folding the screen has improved.
Pricing, Carrier and Availability
The biggest reason to see the new razor when you are shopping for this phone is that it is actually available to Verizon customers. Motorola is selling the new Razor unlocked in the US, as well as globally. The phone has 5G network bands for both T-Mobile and AT&T, though only on slower (but more widespread) sub-6 5G networks. Ironically, this means that it won’t work on Verizon … however, I’d be shocked if we don’t see a Verizon specific model at some point.
The price is still around $ 1,399, which is almost the same Samsung galaxy z flip. But it is much easier to pay with improvements across the board, a camera that you are actually going to use, and a larger market to sell when you choose to go down the road. And with open retail availability at common locations like Amazon and B&H Photo directly, in addition to AT&T and T-Mobile, you’ll have plenty of financing options.
Sadly, Motorola is yet to offer an actual pre-order or sale date, other than “this fall” – we will be impatiently waiting for more details.