Funnily enough, one of the first flex-screen smartphones uses the “culture code” of an era seemingly buried with the 2007 iPhone. The new Motorola RAZR is a vibrant retro-futurism that has every chance of becoming a commercially successful device.
Motorola RAZR 2019 Price and release date Review:
The novelty was presented in the US on November 14. Pre-order will only open on December 26, and sales will begin on January 9, 2020. At first, the Motorola RAZR will be an exclusive for Verizon. In the American market, a clamshell with a flexible screen will be asked for $ 1,500 (95.8 thousand rubles). The timing of the start of sales in Russia is still unknown.
Flexible Flex View, 6.2 inches, 876 x 2142 dots, P-OLED, Sub: 2.7 inches, 600 x 800 dots, OLED
Snapdragon 710, 8 cores, up to 2.2 GHz, 10 nm, GPU Adreno 616
Operational 6 GB LPDDR4X, built-in 128 GB
Main camera: 16 MP (f / 1.7), Front camera: 5 MP (f / 2.0)
2510 mAh, fast charging (15 W)
Communication and interfaces
4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11ac (2.4 + 5 GHz), Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, USB Type-C
Android 9 Pie
Unfolded: 172 x 72 x 6.9 mm, Folded: 94 x 72 x 14, Weight: 205 g
Motorola RAZR 2019 Screen Review:
Perhaps the entire smartphone is built around the screen. The display here is a flexible 6.2-inch matrix made using Flex View technology. It is able to unfold 180 degrees. As the creators of Motorola RAZR assure, the panel and a special mechanism in the central part are guaranteed to withstand 100 thousand fold / unfold cycles for three years.
The screen has not the most common resolution of 876 x 2142 pixels, and the matrix itself is made using OLED technology. By the way, there is a screen cutout here. The inner screen complements the outer one (what a clamshell without it). It has a diagonal of 2.7 inches and a resolution of 600 x 800 pixels. Of course, it is touch-sensitive.
The smartphone is made in a folding stainless steel case. Outwardly, it is very similar to the RAZR V3, released back in 2004. By the way, the phone even has a special retro mode that imitates the interface of the same V3. The novelty has a huge “chin” if such categories can be applied to a clamshell at all. It houses a fingerprint sensor. The phone turned out to be quite weighty – 205 g. So far, only one color will be available – black Noir Black (many remember that the original RAZR was produced in a huge number of colors, but the popularity, along with silver, received a black body).
Processor, memory, communications:
While the RAZR may claim to be the most affordable flex screen smartphone, the choice of the chipset is still depressing. The processor here is Snapdragon 710, which does not shine with performance even against the background of its “congeners” from the 700 series. The graphics accelerator Adreno 616 works in tandem with it.
Moto-Lenovo did not give its customers the right to choose the memory size. There is only one configuration – 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of permanent memory. There is no memory card, however, as well as a slot for a physical SIM card. It is proposed to use only a virtual eSIM.
In terms of communications, everything is standard here at the end of 2019 – 4G, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC. There is USB Type-C, through which they offer to connect wired headphones.
It would seem that releasing a smartphone with one main camera now is not the best idea. But Motorola felt that design was superior. Therefore, on the lid, there is a peephole of one 16 megapixel sensor (f / 1.7 aperture). It is assisted in its work by a dual-LED flash, electronic image stabilization, and laser autofocus. However, the appearance of the original was still not achieved – on the RAZR V3 of 2004, the 0.3-megapixel camera was located above the auxiliary screen, closer to the hinge.
The front camera is simply there and can only be used in the unfolded state. This is a 5MP sensor.
To get even a little closer to the elegance of the 2004 model, the engineers had to install a very small 2510 mAh battery here. With it, the smartphone is unlikely to live on a charge even one daylight. But there is a fast 15-watt TurboPower charging.