Motorola Razr (2020)

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Motorola Razr
ManufacturerMotorola Mobility
SloganUnmistakable. Unexpected. Unparalleled
ModelXT2000-1
First released6 February 2020; 12 months ago (2020-02-06) (United States)
SuccessorMotorola Razr (5G)
Form factorClamshell
Dimensions
  • Unfolded
  • 172 mm (6.8 in) H
  • 72 mm (2.8 in) W
  • 6.9 mm (0.27 in) D
  • Folded
  • 94 mm (3.7 in) H
  • 72 mm (2.8 in) W
  • 14 mm (0.55 in) D
Mass205 g (7.2 oz)
Operating systemOriginal: Android 9.0 "Pie"
System on chipQualcomm Snapdragon 710
CPUOcta-core (2x2.2 GHz and 6x2.42 GHz) Kryo 360 Gold & Silver
GPUAdreno 616
Memory6 GB
Storage128 GB
Removable storagenon-expandable
Battery2510 mAh
Data inputsSensors:
DisplayOLED, 876 × 2142, 6.2 in (16 cm), ~22:9 aspect ratio, 373 ppi
External displayOLED, 600 × 800, 2.7 in (6.9 cm), 4:3 aspect ratio, 370 ppi
Rear camera16 MP, f/1.7, 1.22µm, Dual Pixel PDAF, Dual-LED dual-tone flash, HDR, panorama, gyro-EIS
4K@30fps, 1080p@30fps
Front camera5 MP, f/2.2, 1.12µm, HDR, 1080p@30fps
ConnectivityBluetooth 5.0

Wi-Fi b/g/n/ac/ax

3G/LTE
Websitewww.motorola.com/us/products/razr

The Motorola Razr (stylized Motorola razr) is an Android foldable smartphone produced by Motorola Mobility. Unveiled on November 14, 2019, it was released on February 6, 2020.[1][2] The device is designed to be reminiscent of the original Motorola Razr feature phone series and features a horizontally foldable screen (in contrast to other recent folding smartphones which are designed to be folded vertically).[3][4][5]

Specifications[edit]

The Razr is inspired heavily by the original feature phone line of the same name, and uses a clamshell design to conceal a 6.2-inch 21:9 OLED display. The device's exterior features a secondary 2.7-inch "Quick View" display to access selected features (such as notifications) when the device is closed. The screen is protected by a stainless-steel frame, is "scuff resistant", and has no visible crease at its folding point, with a fingerprint sensor located in the lower bezel. In response to concerns surrounding the Galaxy Fold, Motorola stated that it had "full confidence" in the durability of the phone's screen, that it would last the "average lifespan of a smartphone", and that they were "not going to go out there and say, consumers should be cautious of how they use the phone". It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-chip and Adreno 616 GPU, with 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of non-expandable internal storage. It uses two batteries which have a total capacity of 2510 mAh, and fast charging is supported at up to 15W over USB-C. A single camera is present on the rear with a 16 MP lens, while the front-facing camera has a 5 MP lens and is housed within a notch at the top of the display. It only supports eSIM.[4][6] Initially, it was only sold in Noir Black,[7] but gained an additional Blush Gold finish in the spring of 2020.[7][8]

The Razr shipped with Android 9.0 "Pie", and received an update for Android 10 in mid-May.[9] The software has a "Retro Razr" mode easter egg which changes the home screen to a recreation of the menu screen and keypad of the original Razr series.[10]

Reception[edit]

The Razr was met with mixed reviews at launch, with several reviewers making comparisons to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip. Common criticisms included the price, poor battery life and camera, sub-flagship level performance, Verizon exclusivity and bloatware, and an unrefined hinge and display, while praise went to the compact form factor, retro design and stock software. Patrick Holland of CNET gave the device a 7.5/10, praising the design, form factor and usability. Holland was impressed with the secondary Quick View display, but noted that the wide aspect ratio caused pillarboxing for apps and movies and that the user interface was not well optimized for one-handed use. Sascha Segan of PC Magazine gave the device a 2.5/5, additionally panning the device for weak wireless performance, concluding that "Motorola's gorgeous folding Razr doesn't deliver the performance you expect from a $1,500 phone".[11][12] Julian Chokkattu of Wired gave the Razr a 4/10, stating that "Motorola's first foldable smartphone makes a good case for the return of the clamshell design, but the Razr is still stuck in the past".[13] Dieter Bohn of The Verge gave the device a 4/10, stating that "if this phone didn't fold, I wouldn't recommend it at one-sixth of its current price".[14] Adam Ismail of Tom's Guide likewise stated that “[the Razr’s] myriad shortcomings — from its fragility, to its performance, to its camera and battery life — mean it's not worth the $1,500 plunge.”[15]

iFixit gave the Razr a repairability score of 1/10, deeming it "the most complicated phone-based contraption we've ever taken apart".[16]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Amadeo, Ron (13 November 2019). "Moto Razr 2019 is official: A foldable smartphone with no display crease". Ars Technica. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  2. ^ Krol, Jacob (14 November 2019). "Don't flip out: Motorola's Razr returns in 2020 as a $1,499 foldable". CNN Underscored. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  3. ^ Cheng, Roger (13 November 2019). "Motorola's $1,500 foldable Razr is a Verizon lifetime exclusive". CNET. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  4. ^ a b Gartenberg, Chaim (13 November 2019). "Motorola resurrects the Razr as a foldable Android smartphone". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  5. ^ Velazco, Chris (13 November 2019). "Motorola's revived RAZR is a fashion-forward foldable". Engadget. Retrieved 2019-11-15.
  6. ^ Lowe, Mike (14 November 2019). "Motorola Razr review: The flip phone is back for 2019". Pocket-lint. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  7. ^ a b "Motorola Razr Blush Gold version coming this spring, company confirms". GSMArena.com. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  8. ^ Carman, Ashley (2020-02-10). "Motorola confirms a gold-colored Razr is coming this spring". The Verge. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  9. ^ Smith, Chris (11 May 2020). "Android 10 for Moto Razr adds feature all foldable phones need". Trusted Reviews. Retrieved 11 May 2020.
  10. ^ Gartenberg, Chaim (13 November 2019). "Party like it's 2004 with the new Motorola Razr's secret "Retro Razr" mode". The Verge. Retrieved 14 November 2019.
  11. ^ Holland, Patrick (10 February 2020). "Motorola Razr review: It's one of my favorite phones, but I won't buy it". CNET. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  12. ^ Segan, Sascha (10 February 2020). "Motorola Razr (2020) Review". PC Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2020.
  13. ^ Chokkattu, Julian (12 February 2020). "Motorola Razr Review: A Cheap Phone in an Expensive Body". Wired. Retrieved 12 February 2020.
  14. ^ Bohn, Dieter (13 February 2020). "Motorola Razr review: folding flip phone flops". The Verge. Retrieved 14 February 2020.
  15. ^ Ismail, Adam (10 February 2020). "Motorola Razr review: A stunningly mediocre $1,500 phone". Tom's Guide. Retrieved 16 February 2020.
  16. ^ "Motorola Razr Teardown". iFixit. 13 February 2020. Retrieved 14 February 2020.

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