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  1. Motorola reveals over-air wireless charging plans for new phones Motorola is the latest mobile maker to signal its intentions to bring remote wireless charging to future smartphone releases. The company has announced a partnership with a company called GuRu Wireless in a bid bring over-the-air wireless charging to its handsets, minus the need to place its best phones on a charging mat. In a press release, GuRu explains its proprietary technology can power ‘watts-over-meters’ energy transfers between a central wireless unit and a compatible device. This will bring about a “new generation of wirelessly powered devices,” Moto says. “GuRu RF Lensing powers devices at watts-over-meters, bringing a new wave of energy to consumer devices,” the media release says. “This proprietary technology revolutionizes the consumer experience and helps to remove power as an everyday concern. GuRu’s patented, miniature modules will enable devices to be powered at long range by precision power transfer. Motorola and GuRu, will work together to match Motorola’s rigorous requirements of quality, power efficiency and safety.” The release contains no mention on when the first phones packing the technology might be announced, but we can’t imagine it will be within the next couple of years. We’ve requested comment on the matter from Motorola and GuRu. Moto isn’t the only company seeking to innovate in this regard. Earlier this year Oppo and Xiaomi both outlined their vision for the future of wireless charging. Xiaomi’s planned tech would be able to deliver 5W of power around the room, using a base station, but has greater range. The new tech uses a base station containing 144 antennas, which can transfer energy to the phone using a “extremely narrow millimetre-wide beam” capable of transmitting continuous 5W charging (within a few metres) to a compatible smartphone. Oppo’s concept involves hovering the phone above the wireless charging pad. The phone is still able to receive charge at 7.5W over a short distance of 10cm or less, which might be ideal if you want to use and charge the phone at the same time Source: Motorola reveals over-air wireless charging plans for new phones
  2. Motorola is once again announcing a low-cost phone with a 90Hz screen and a huge battery The Moto G20 debuts in Europe this week for €149 The Motorola Moto G20 features a large 5,000mAh battery and a faster-than-standard 90Hz 6.5-inch display. Photo: Motorola Motorola has announced several low-cost devices with big batteries and fast-refreshing displays this year, and now it’s offering its least expensive model yet: the Moto G20. Launching in Europe this week for €149 (about $180), it includes a 6.5-inch 720p LCD with a 90Hz refresh rate and a 5,000mAh battery. It’s the latest in a series of budget devices from Motorola targeting slightly different price points in the budget range, and it would likely have a place in the US market if the company chose to offer it in the States. The G20 features a 48-megapixel main camera, 8-megapixel ultrawide, 2-megapixel macro and depth-sensing cameras, and a 13-megapixel selfie camera. Unlike other Moto G-series phones launched this year, the G20 does not use a Snapdragon chipset, offering instead a Unisoc T700 processor with 4GB of RAM. The device’s built-in storage of 64GB or 128GB can be expanded via microSD, and it will ship with Android 11. The Moto G20 includes a 48-megapixel main camera along with an ultrawide. Photo: Motorola There’s no indication whether the G20 will be sold in the US — the G100, G50, and G30 introduced earlier this year haven’t been offered stateside as of yet either. Motorola’s current US offerings are largely situated above the $200 mark, and there are rumblings that high-end Edge devices may be coming next. But with the void LG is leaving at the budget end of the market, Motorola certainly has a full portfolio of devices it could offer if it wanted to try to fill the gap. Source: Motorola is once again announcing a low-cost phone with a 90Hz screen and a huge battery
  3. Motorola teases Moto G60 and Moto G40 Fusion key features Motorola has been teasing the Moto G60 and Moto G40 Fusion on its Instagram profile, and today it has finally revealed some of the key specs of the duo. The two new smartphones share a Snapdragon 732G chipset and a massive 6.8” screen with HDR10 support and 120Hz refresh rate. The main difference between the Moto G60 and Moto G40 is the sensor behind the main camera - the G60 has a 108MP imager, while its sibling is downgraded to 64MP. The other two members of the triple-cam setups on the back are identical and so is the selfie camera inside a punch hole at the front. The screens are likely of the LCD variety because we can see a fingerprint scanner on the back. The volume rocker, Google Assistant and power key are all lined on the right side, while the left hosts the SIM tray. The full launch of the Moto G60 and Moto G40 Fusion will take place on April 20, and the phones will be sold through Flipkart. Source Source: Motorola teases Moto G60 and Moto G40 Fusion key features
  4. Three new Motorola Wear OS watches could arrive this year But not from Motorola Motorola has been out of the smartwatch game since 2016, but in late 2019, a manufacturer called eBuyNow released a Wear OS watch licensing the old Moto 360 product name. The end result was a decent (if overpriced) watch, and now eBuyNow is planning three more to be released this year. eBuyNow is in the process of merging with CE Brands, Inc, and in an investor presentation from earlier this month, CE showed off what it plans to release over the course of 2021. Among a strange mix of Kodak-branded baby monitors and air purifiers, a timeline page revealed that a 'Moto G Smartwatch' is expected to arrive in June 2021, with two more in July designated as 'Moto Watch & One.' Unfortunately, no other details about the watches were mentioned in the presentation. Moto G is one of Motorola's budget phone lineups, and the image of the Moto G watch appears to lack the rotating dial from the 2019 Moto 360, so it could be a budget watch with reduced features. The Moto Watch is a square model reminiscent of the Apple Watch and Oppo Watch, and the Moto One appears to have slimmer bezels and detached lugs (like the Skagen Falster 3). It remains to be seen how much demand there will be for more Motorola-branded Wear OS watches, especially as Google continues to neglect the core platform. I wouldn't be opposed to more square smartwatches, though. Source: CE Brands Via: 9to5Google Source: Three new Motorola Wear OS watches could arrive this year
  5. Motorola signs deal with rugged phone maker Bullitt Group Bullit Group, the rugged phone maker that owns the Cat, Kodak и Land Rover smartphone brands has agreed to a long-term brand partnership deal with Motorola. The UK-based company will develop and market Moto-branded rugged phones which will be drop-proof and shockproof as per the accompanying press release. This is a unique strategic alliance, as it allows Bullitt to apply its expertise to the Motorola portfolio of products. Motorola invented the mobile phone and remains one of the most iconic brands in the world. To be entrusted by Motorola to create a portfolio of Motorola branded rugged phones, bears testament to the exceptional business we have built at Bullitt over the last 11 years. - Dave Floyd (Bullitt Co-Founder) Bullitt Group began its journey into the rugged smartphone sector back in 2009 and currently designs, manufactures and distributes its Cat and Land Rover-licensed smartphones in over 50 markets worldwide. Motorola had its own go at drop-resistant phones and shatterproof screens with the Moto Z Force and Moto Z2 Force back in 2016-17. More details on the first Moto branded rugged phone will be revealed later this quarter. Source Source: Motorola signs deal with rugged phone maker Bullitt Group
  6. Motorola Edge S with the new Snapdragon 870 launching on January 26 Is this the mystery Moto device? (Image credit: Future) Motorola has just confirmed the launch date of its all-new Moto Edge S smartphone. The phone is confirmed to launch around the end of the month on January 26 and the company has also announced that it will be introduced with the recently launched Snapdragon 870 SoC. Incidentally, this phone was teased on Weibo a few days back by Chen Jin, the general manager of the Lenovo in China and will be the successor of the Moto Edge that came out last year. While the launch announcement does not reveal much about the upcoming phone apart from the fact the phone will run on a Snapdragon 870 chipset and is 5G capable out of the box, however, thanks to earlier leaks and rumours we know that the Moto Edge S could come with a 6.7-inch curved OLED display with FHD+ resolution and a 5000 mAh battery. Talking about the new Snapdragon 870 chipset which essentially is an iterative upgrade to the Snapdragon 865 Plus. With a very slight bump in the clock speed over the old chipset, the new Snapdragon 870 will ideally help brands in pitching devices with a "new chipset" rather than selling a phone with the six-month-old chipset. Are Moto Edge S and Moto Nio the same? There is one more Moto smartphone that has been in the news for some time. We’ve covered the leaks and rumours around this mysterious device named Moto Nio. Moto’s executives had teased that the Moto Edge’s successor will come with a Snapdragon 800 series chipset right after Qualcomm had announced its flagship chipset in December 2020. A recent leak that we came across showed a phone with features like dual selfie camera and the quad-camera setup at the rear were similar to the leaked specs of Moto Nio however the settings app of the device showed Moto Edge Plus moniker. So, there is a strong possibility that the phone that we presumed as Moto Nio all along is actually Moto Edge Plus and Nio maybe just a code name of the phone. That said, since we’re less than a week away from the launch, let us wait for the company to clear these doubts at the official unveiling. Motorola Edge S with the new Snapdragon 870 launching on January 26
  7. Motorola refreshes its Moto G lineup with big batteries and more, starting at $169 Today, Motorola is announcing its 2021 lineup of Moto G smartphones, along with the all-new Motorola One 5G Ace. As always, it's all about bringing value to the mid-range. In fact, this year's Moto G series starts at a lower price; you can get the Moto G Play for $169. All of these devices have some nice, big batteries. With the exception of the Moto G Stylus, the rest of the lineup - the Moto G Play, Moto G Power, and Motorola One 5G Ace - comes with 5,000mAh batteries. Since the Stylus needs room for the pen, those devices get 4,000mAh. They also have bigger screens. The Moto G Play and Moto G Power are still HD+m and they come in at 6.5 and 6.6 inches, respectively. The Moto G Stylus and Motorola One Action are both FHD+, and they come in at 6.8 and 6.7 inches, respectively. Motorola even has some new software that lets you run split-screen apps on the new larger displays. As for the camera, everything except for the Moto G Play comes with a 48MP f/1.7 main sensor, using quad pixel technology for better low-light performance. Those three devices also come with 2MP macro sensors, although they don't have the ring lighting that we saw in the One 5G. Both the Moto G Stylus and the Motorola One 5G Ace come with 8MP macro sensors as well. As for the Play, that has a 13MP main sensor and a 2MP depth sensor. Specs aside, the camera is still a big focus for Motorola. These devices come with a night mode, drastically improving low-light performance. It also has spot color video, letting you only show one color in your video with the rest as monochrome. As for specs, the Moto G Play comes with a Snapdragon 460, the Moto G Power comes with a Snapdragon 662, the Moto G Stylus comes with a Snapdragon 678, and the Motorola One 5G Ace comes with a Snapdragon 750G. For pricing, the Play comes with 3GB RAM / 32GB storage for $169, the Moto G Power comes with 3GB RAM / 32GB storage for $199 or 4GB RAM / 64GB storage for $249, the Moto G Stylus comes with 4GB RAM / 128GB storage for $299, and the Motorola One 5G Ace comes with 6GB RAM / 128GB storage for $399. All of them are available unlocked. Source: Motorola refreshes its Moto G lineup with big batteries and more, starting at $169
  8. Moto G Stylus sequel appears in new renders with supersized design New renders showcase the massive screen and stylus support Motorola's Moto G lineup has been creeping up in price and features for a while now, and last year, the company tried something different. Moto released two G phones in the United States (and some other regions), the G Power and G Stylus. The latter was equipped with a passive stylus, making it a competitor against the LG Stylo series, and now Motorola is working on a super-sized sequel. Steve Hemmerstoffer, also known as OnLeaks, has released render images of the 2021 Moto G Stylus. The phone is expected to have a massive flat 6.8-inch screen, with a chassis approximately 169.6mm tall, 73.7mm wide, and 8.8mm in depth (10.9mm with the camera bump). If that's accurate, the new Moto G Stylus will be among the largest mainstream smartphones currently available. The phone is roughly around the same size as the OnePlus 8 Pro (165.3 x 74.4 x 8.5mm) and Galaxy Note20 Ultra (164.8 x 77.2 x 8.1mm). Besides having the shape and size of a literal brick, the Moto G Stylus is also expected to have a single hole-punch selfie camera, quad rear cameras (likely 48MP main, 8MP ultra-wide, 5MP macro, and 2MP depth), and a rear or side fingerprint sensor. The namesake stylus can be found at the bottom, though it will likely continue to be a passive pen, not an active stylus like on Samsung's Note series. Speaking of differences from the Note series, there's still a headphone jack. 🔥 It's not clear yet when Motorola plans to officially reveal the new Moto G Stylus. The original models were revealed in February 2020. UPDATE: 2021/01/02 1:21PM PST BY CORBIN DAVENPORT More renders Nils Ahrensmeier has published more images of the Moto G Stylus, this time in black. The phone is expected to carry a model number of XT2115-1 in the United States, and is supposedly being developed under the codename 'Minsk.' Source: Voice Source: Moto G Stylus sequel appears in new renders with supersized design
  9. Motorola One Fusion debuts with 48MP camera, 6.5-inch notched display, and more Motorola launched the One Fusion+ last month as a mid-range phone with a quad-camera setup and a notch-less display. Today, the company announced a scaled-down version of that device: the Motorola One Fusion. The non-Plus version retains most of the specs and features that come with its more expensive sibling. Where it differs, on the other hand, is in the camera, processor, and display aspects. The One Fusion sports a 6.5-inch Max Vision HD+ display with a waterdrop notch, unlike the notch-less One Fusion+ screen. Optics-wise, it boasts a 48MP main camera with Quad Pixel technology. This is joined by an ultra-wide angle lens with a 118-degree field of view, a Macro Vision camera, and a depth sensor. The phone is powered by an outdated Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 octa-core chipset. Inside, it packs a 5,000mAh battery, like the Plus model. Motorola claims the battery can keep the phone running for up to 48 hours, though this really depends on how you use it. There's a dedicated Google Assistant button on the side of the phone as well to let you perform tasks by just using your voice. On its back sits a fingerprint sensor with the "M" logo. There's no word on pricing yet, but the One Fusion is expected to get a lower price than the €300 Plus variant. It will be available from today across various countries in Latin America. Next month, the phone will be launched in Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Motorola One Fusion debuts with 48MP camera, 6.5-inch notched display, and more
  10. Motorola’s latest budget phone leaks with 64-megapixel camera and 5,000mAh battery Moto G9 Plus appears on on a European retailer’s website The Moto G9 Plus is shown with four rear cameras and a hole-punch display notch. Image: Orange Slovakia It looks like Motorola is about to announce a second entry in its budget G9 phone lineup, just weeks after it revealed the Moto G9 Play. The Moto G9 Plus has appeared in a listing on Orange Slovakia’s website that was spotted by WinFuture’s Roland Quandt. According to the listing, the €255 (about $300) phone will have four rear cameras, including a 64-megapixel main camera, and a massive 5,000 mAh battery. Although Motorola’s recent flagship phones like the Edge Plus and foldable Razr have been average at best, its budget lineup of G-series phones like the recent G Stylus and G Power have continued to offer great value. Their cameras are generally good for the price, battery life is excellent, and the company makes sensible tweaks to the Android operating system in its software. The Orange listing says the Moto G9 Plus will have a 6.81-inch 1080p display, 4GB of RAM, 128GB of storage (expandable via microSD), and will run Android 10 out of the box. There’s no mention of the resolution of its other three rear cameras. Around the front there’s a hole-punch notch for its selfie camera, confirming the design that was leaked by Evan Blass last month. The G9 Plus looks set to be either the second or third entry in Motorala’s Moto G9 lineup, depending on how you count them. Last month it announced the Moto G9 Play in Europe, which is more or less identical to the Moto G9 it announced for the Indian market the previous day. The Moto G9 Play is a little cheaper than the G9 Plus, with a European price of €169.99. It’s got a smaller 6.5-inch 1080p display, a triple-camera array with a main sensor that’s just 48-megapixels in resolution, and a Snapdragon 662 processor. (XDA Developers notes that, in contrast, the G9 Plus is expected to use the more powerful Snapdragon 730.) However, it’s still got that beefy 5,000mAh battery, suggesting that battery life won’t be a concern regardless of which of Motorola’s budget phones you opt for. There’s no word on when or where the Moto G9 Plus may eventually release, but with retailer listings already live an official announcement can’t be too far away. Motorola’s latest budget phone leaks with 64-megapixel camera and 5,000mAh battery
  11. It looks a lot like the classic RAZR V3 Motorola is planning to unveil its foldable RAZR phone next month, but two new leaks have given us an early look at the handset. Evan Blass (evleaks) shared an image of the foldable RAZR on his Twitter account today, and it looks a lot like the classic RAZR V3 from 2004. Motorola has already teased a new hinge for this foldable RAZR, and this leaked image shows the displays will flip into the place. There’s what appears to be a button or perhaps even a fingerprint reader at the base of the device. It could even be a home button, or it could be used to flip the display out. The image doesn’t really reveal much more, but Mobielkopen has also published similar images of the foldable RAZR that show it may include a separate display on the outside. The site also speculates that the RAZR could be powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 710 SoC and have a 6.2-inch OLED display. The secondary display looks like it will at least show the time and date and likely notification icons. A close-up image of this second display has also leaked, and Mobielkopen suggests it will only have a resolution of 600 x 800, suggesting it will be limited to some basic functionality. Previous leaks and patent filings have suggested there will be a single main display that folds vertically and flips out into place. A Wall Street Journal report from earlier this year suggested that the device could cost as much as $1,500. We’ll find out for sure on November 13th, which is when Motorola is set to unveil this nostalgic device. The RAZR foldable will join similar revivals from HMD, a company that licensed the Nokia brand to rerelease the Nokia 3310, Nokia 8810, and even the iconic 2720 flip phone earlier this year. Motorola’s efforts certainly appear to have a far more modern foldable approach to bringing back a classic phone. We’ll be waiting to see if this particular folding display holds up, though. Update October 31st, 11AM ET: Article updated with newly leaked images. Source: Motorola’s foldable RAZR phone appears in leaked images (via The Verge)
  12. Its taking on OnePlus in India in partnership with e-commerce site FlipKart. Shortly after smartphone company OnePlus launched a TV, rival Motorola has decided to do the same. In partnership with Indian e-commerce site FlipKart, Motorola India unveiled Motorola TV, a range of smart TVs with IPS technology in sizes ranging from 32 to 65 inches. The sets will pack in a lot of tech, including Dolby Vision and HDR 10, while running Android 9.0 and shipping with a wireless Android TV gamepad. The lower range sets will feature 1080p screens, while 43-inch and higher screens will pack 4K tech. Motorola India pointed out that the TVs will be particularly bright and well-adapted for Bollywood films, with up to 178-degree viewing angles. For gaming and smart TV chores, they'll have Mali 450 GPUs with 2.25 GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. As for sound, the Motorola TVs are equipped with built-in 30W soundbars with DTS Tru Sound and Dolby Audio. It's becoming a trend for smartphone brands to release TVs, as OnePlus, Xiaomi and now Motorola are doing it. OnePlus is due to unveil its own Smart TV this month, so Motorola effectively beat it to the punch. There's no word yet on whether Motorola's TVs will come to other markets, but they'll arrive to India on Flipkart on September 29th. The sets will start at RS 13,999 ($200) for the 32-inch model, and range up to RS 39,999 ($560) for the 55-inch model and 64,999 ($910) for the 65-inch set. Source
  13. Motorola filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization late last year for a foldable phone that seemed to take a page from the design of the Motorola Razr V3. Now, the firm has sent out invites to an event set to occur on November 13 in Los Angeles, where it's expected to unveil the rumored Razr foldable phone. The teaser animation that comes with the invitation did not explicitly state the phone's official name, but all the details point to a foldable device. For example, the gif shows a phone that folds and unfolds in a loop. According to CNET, the handset was originally scheduled to launch last summer. Nonetheless, the delay could be Motorola's way of buying some time for its foldable phone prior to release, especially considering the troubles faced by Samsung's Galaxy Fold earlier this year involving display issues. Specs-wise, the Razr is said to be rocking a 6.2-inch display that will supposedly fold vertically. It is also rumored to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC. Rumors also say the handset will be available in white, black and gold color variants. Inside, it could pack a 2,730mAh battery, 4GB or 6GB of RAM, and 64GM or 128GB of internal storage. A previous claim alleged that the phone will cost $1,500 Either way, we should be finding out more next month. Source: 1. Motorola sends invites to a November 13 event, may be unveiling rumored Razr phone (via Neowin) 2. Motorola event invite hints at rumored foldable Razr phone (via CNET)
  14. It does make a few of its own, though Late last night, Motorola announced the new Razr phone, which is a much-leaked folding device that looks exactly like a wider version of the classic Razr. It has a folding OLED screen and Chaim Gartenberg headed out to LA to check it out. Read Chaim’s impressions and definitely watch the hands-on video. I have done so multiple times and have Zaprudered portions of it to try to suss out exactly how Motorola pulled this hinge off. There doesn’t seem to be any visible (or even feel-able!) crease on the screen, Motorola says it’s plenty durable, and the phone folds literally flat. It’s all the things the Samsung Galaxy Fold isn’t. I’ve also got something to say about the way Motorola announced this phone: at 8:15PM Pacific time at a party in LA instead of at 10AM on a tech keynote stage. Put all that together and I think Motorola has avoided the major mistakes Samsung made with the Galaxy Fold. That’s not to say that Motorola isn’t making other mistakes all of its own — it absolutely is. Let’s actually get those out of the way first, just so nobody is fooled into thinking that I’ve already decided this phone is amazing without even seeing it in person. I have not, because: It has a slow-ish processor, which is potentially not a big issue. That processor was chosen to save battery life, which has me worried about battery life. Motorola does not have a great camera track record and this probably won’t fix that. It costs $1,499. It’s exclusive to Verizon. It’s exclusive to Verizon and uses an eSIM and therefore has a good chance of being locked down which means that instead of freeing us from carrier lock-in, eSIM is being perverted into creating more carrier lock-in and [insert Charlie Brown saying augh dot mp4 video here] Finally, Motorola might be a little too cocky about this screen’s durability. That is a long list of potential mistakes! But notice that of all of them, only one bears any resemblance to all the mistakes Samsung made — it’s expensive. That, arguably, isn’t a mistake if you look at this phone in the right context — it’s positioned and marketed as something rare and exclusive. In fact, that’s the very first mistake Samsung made with the Galaxy Fold. It announced it on a grand stage just like any other smartphone of the past decade, which implicitly meant that it could be for everybody. The only signal that the Galaxy Fold wasn’t a knock-around, treat-it-like-you-would-any-smartphone kind of smartphone was the price. Motorola, on the other hand, is launching with a party in LA instead of a livestream watched by thousands of gadget-heads. The main attraction was Diplo, not a tech executive. Plus, it’s the Razr. Before that phone became ubiquitous it was absolutely launched as a rare — and quite expensive for the time — status symbol. It’s trading on nostalgia, yes, but part of that nostalgia was how the Razr was once way fancier than other phones. But after the first Galaxy Fold broke and the second disappointed, I am agog that Motorola has apparently pulled off what Samsung could not: it made a folding phone that goes completely flat and doesn’t have a visible crease. Motorola — the company that has been churning out forgettable midrange smartphones every other month like clockwork for the past few years — beat Samsung, the company that has been at the bleeding (and sometimes jagged) edge of smartphone tech since before Apple was even in the game. That’s why I have been Zaprudering one particular section of the video Vjeran Pavic shot with Chaim — the part where, in a presentation to journalists ahead of the party, Motorola showed this graphic of the hinge: What you can see here is that Motorola has three steel plates that are in near-constant contact with the hinge. There’s much less opportunity for a gap you’d feel underneath the screen — the kind of gap that would allow screen-destroying debris in, too. But the thing that allows the Razr to close completely flat without an internal gap is even more impressive. Let’s take another look at this image. Enhance! Reverse! Slo-Mo! Freeze on the last frame! Relax it’s still a just low-res gif but it will illustrate my point! The hinge is designed specifically to make space inside itself when closed so the screen can form a “teardrop” shape inside it. You can’t get a very tight radius on a folding OLED screen, but Motorola figured out how to accommodate that much more elegantly than Samsung did. One note of caution: apparently as it closes the screen doesn’t exactly do what the gifs above imply. It sort of lifts up off the plates as it closes, as Mike Murphy tweeted: Still, I bet that achieving this interior teardrop hinge would have been very difficult to pull off on the Fold, as it was a phone that folded out like a book to form a tablet. The Razr, on the other hand, folds vertically to form a phone. The whole concept of the Razr is diametrically (or maybe I should say perpendicularly) opposed to the Galaxy Fold. That is the biggest Samsung mistake that Motorola avoided: the one at the drawing board. Faced with a compelling new technology, Motorola chose a series of more easily solved problems on its way to making a final product. I just have to believe that the Razr’s fold is an easier engineering challenge to solve simply because there’s less screen that needs to be folded. Will all these avoided mistakes add up to a successful product? I refer you to my bullet list at the top of this editorial. Any number of those things could sink the Razr — or it could be something else entirely. We’ll review it when it comes out in January 2020 and let you know. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was the result of hubris and a desperate desire to breath new life into a plateauing smartphone ecosystem. Samsung set a nearly impossible engineering battle for itself, so it’s not really a surprise that it couldn't rise to the occasion. The Motorola Razr is also trying to resuscitate Motorola by literally resuscitating an old, beloved phone brand. But because Motorola chose to fight the right engineering battle, it has a much better chance of winning. Source: The Motorola Razr avoids Samsung’s worst folding phone mistakes (via The Verge)
  15. looks hyper good — The Motorola One Hyper brings a pop-up camera, all-screen design for $400 There's a 3.5mm headphone jack, no notches, and a MicroSD slot. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. Motorola has what might be the best-looking mid-range smartphone with the "Motorola One Hyper," a $400 phone with flagship touches like an all-screen front design and a motorized, pop-up camera. It's like a mini OnePlus 7 Pro! You won't find any notches or other screen blemishes here. For specs, you have a 6.5-inch 2340×1080 IPS LCD, a 2GHz Snapdragon 675, 4GB of memory, 128GB of storage, and a 4000mAh battery. The are two rear cameras: a 64MP main sensor and a 8MP wide angle lens, and a 32MP front camera. Both the main front and back cameras have a pretty high megapixel count, and both have an optional "quad pixel" mode, which merges every four pixels together for better light pickup. There's a rear fingerprint reader, a 3.5mm headphone jack (!), a microSD slot for expandable storage up to 1TB, and NFC. There is clearly some cost cutting here, but that's to be expected at $400. You'll get a USB-C port capable of 45W quick charging, but you'll only get a 15W charger in the box. The body is made of plastic, and while it has a "water-repellant design" there's no official IPxx rating. Motorola is not great at OS updates, but at least out of the box, the phone has Android 10. The One Hyper is being sold unlocked, and it's GSM compatible, so in the United States it will only work with AT&T and T-Mobile. Buy the One Hyper direct from Motorola and the company will even throw in a Moto G6 or G6 Play (a $249.99 value) with your purchase. Listing image by Motorola Source: The Motorola One Hyper brings a pop-up camera, all-screen design for $400 (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
  16. Moto Razr 2019 is official: A foldable smartphone with no display crease One of the most iconic flip phones ever is rebooted as a $1,500 foldable smartphone. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. It's Moto Razr day today. The phone stopped by the FCC earlier in the day, and after sending out an event invite for November 13, Motorola just barely made it in time, with an official announcement at 11pm ET. The rumors were true: the Moto Razr is a reboot of one of the most iconic flip phones of all time, updated for 2019. Instead of a tiny screen and a physical keypad on the inside, you get a giant folding OLED display that puts the new Moto Razr in the same category as other futuristic foldables like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. The price is also in the same stratosphere as those super-expensive devices: the new Razr is $1,500. It's also a Verizon exclusive in the US. The hinge design of the Moto Razr is probably the most interesting thing about it. The best Samsung can currently do in the foldables space is the Galaxy Fold, which, thanks to folding the display nearly completely flat, develops a permanent crease in the display after the first fold. Motorola's display doesn't fold completely flat though—there is a large void space around the display hinge, so when the phone folds in half, the display has room to move around. Since it's not being sandwiched between two solid plates, the display collapses into a gentle curve instead of a hard crease. Imagine bending a piece of paper in half just by pinching the top and bottom together versus pressing the fold into a crease. Motorola described how a hinge like this could work in a 2018 patent. Instead of having the hinge mechanism behind the display, like on the Galaxy Fold, Motorola has the hinge on the left and right side of the display, giving the display room to sink into the phone body and bend into a gentle curve. For support Motorola says the hinge "includes moveable support plates that rigidly support the display when the phone is open, but collapse out of the way when the phone is closed." These two design elements allow the phone to have a "zero gap" hinge while also not smashing the display into a crease. Since the display only ever forms a loop, rather than a crease, it never gains a distracting, light-distorting crease down the middle the way the Galaxy Fold does. This design should be easier on the display as well, since it causes less stress to the pixels around the bendy part. We've already seen (pre-release) Galaxy Fold displays die along the display crease, thanks to all the stress. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. The display of the new Razr also looks pretty special. The top and bottom edges of the 6.2-inch, 2142x876 display curve into an arch, which is a perfect throwback to the interior of the old Razr design. The notch at the top houses not just the camera but the earpiece, too. The FCC basically posted a full teardown of the device, and seeing the display outside of the Razr body is really something. Where did Motorola source a display like this for its foldable smartphone? Samsung is the leader in foldable displays, but after having spent six years and $130 million dollars to develop the technology, Samsung seems to want to keep the technology to itself. It seems Motorola is dual-sourcing the displays. Some are from China's up-and-coming OLED display manufacturer BOE, which also supplies the displays for the Huawei Mate X. The second supplier is actually TCL, the same company that makes zombie phones branded as "Palm" and "Blackberry." Just like the old-school Razr, there's also a secondary display on the front: a 2.7-inch 800x600 panel. Also just like the old Razr, it seems this is primarily for checking notifications. You can see your incoming messages, control music, take selfies, and even use the Google Assistant, all without opening the phone. The UI for this seems totally new. Instead of showing something like a tiny Android notification panel, you get a full screen UI for each action, and apparently you can swipe between them. It's unclear if this is a new Android feature, or a Motorola Razr feature. The Moto Razr was popular as a fashion phone, thanks to the ultra-thin profile and good looks. It's hard to tell just from looking at pictures, but is that same appeal still present in this device? The pictures and dimensions make it clear this is a super-sized version of the original Razr. The most popular model of the old Razr, the V3, measured 98mm x 53mm and 13.9mm thick. The new Razr is listed at 172mm × 72mm × 14mm. So the new Razr's namesake thinness is near-identical to the old Razr, but a lot wider and taller. These numbers reduce both devices to simplified rectangles based on their widest sections, but in terms of overall volume, the new Razr is 138% bigger—yes, over double the volume—of the old Razr. Our expectations for "thin" have definitely changed since 2004, too. iPhone thinness peaked with the iPhone 6, at 6.9mm, and the thinnest Android phone ever is the Vivo X5 Max, which slimmed down to a ridiculous 4.75mm (and it still had a headphone jack!). That 14mm thickness on the new Razr is ever-present thanks to the chin at the bottom, and since the Razr unfolds, that puts each unfolded section of the phone at around 7mm. A standard smartphone is around 7.8mm thick nowadays, so the Razr's thinness is nothing special. When open, it's about the thickness of a smartphone. When closed, it's about the thickness of two smartphones stacked on top of each other. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all images. As for the width and height, I don't think you can call the Razr a compact phone anymore, either. Width is what makes a smartphone feel small in your hands, but at 72mm wide, the Razr is firmly a "medium" size smartphone, sitting between the width of a Galaxy S10 (70mm) and S10+ (74mm). The width also works against the phone's positioning as an update to the old Razr: the proportions compared to the old phone are all wrong, and this "Razr" is a shorter, wider distortion of the original. At 171.5mm tall while open, the Razr is the tallest phone on the market, dwarfing even monster devices like the Galaxy Note 10+ and OnePlus 7T Pro (both ~162mm). So what are you looking for from a foldable smartphone? The standard answer with devices like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X has been "a phone that opens up into a tablet," but that clearly isn't the goal of the Moto Razr. This also isn't a return to some kind of compact form factor, given that the device is more than twice the size of the old Razr. The new Razr is more like "a smartphone that folds in half." The standard smartphone design puts a tall, thin rectangle in your pocket; Motorola is arguing it's better to pocket a thicker square shape instead. As far as running Android on this device goes, the display's arched top and bottom edges and a notch at the top means there is a lot of unusable space for apps. Android apps need to be presented with a rectangle by default, so those arches at the top and bottom need to be squared off by the system software. There also need to be room for the navigation buttons and status icons, which also need to be in a straight line. The result is a lot of space at the top and bottom of the phone that is dedicated to system-level Android UI. The new Razr only runs Android 9, by the way, not the newer Android 10. As for the specs, the Razr has a mid-range—not flagship—SoC: the Snapdragon 710. This features eight Kryo 360 CPU cores, with two high-performance cores running at 2.2Ghz, and six lower-power cores running at 1.7GHz. This is a 10nm SoC that's over a year old now, putting it a generation behind the 7nm flagship SoC, the Snapdragon 855. It seems like we're now making budgetary compromises in a $1,500 smartphone. The Galaxy Fold has a Snapdragon 855, but that costs $2,000. The base model has 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.The battery is split between the top and bottom sections, with the two parts combining for 2510mAh of power. Tech reviewers have spent the past few weeks dogging Google for the tiny 2,800mAh battery in the Pixel 4, and to see a new smartphone announced with an even bigger display and a smaller battery than the maligned Pixel 4 is a cause for concern. Retro Razr mode. The Verge Finally, if the retro hardware design isn't enough for you, how about a retro software mode? The Verge detailed secret "Retro Razr" mode that emulates a T9 keypad at the bottom of the display, and puts the old school Razr UI up top. The old UI actually works. You have to navigate it with the virtual D-Pad and it can be used as a home screen launcher of sorts, allowing you to do things like launch the modern Android messaging app when you tap on the old-school messaging button. Worldwide, the new Razr will be available in "markets across Europe, Latin America, Asia and Australia." In the US, the new Razr is exclusive to Verizon and launches January 9, 2020, with pre orders starting December 26. Yes the day after Christmas. Apologies to Santa Claus. Source: Moto Razr 2019 is official: A foldable smartphone with no display crease (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image galleries, please visit the above link)
  17. Another broken foldable: The Moto Razr is already showing durability problems So far, we've seen numerous broken in-store demos and a failed folding test. First image of article image gallery. Please visit the source link to see all 6 images. So, just how durable is the new Moto Razr? Motorola's nostalgic, folding-display flip phone has a number of unproven features that, after the public failure of the Galaxy Fold, every potential customer should be concerned about. Evidence is starting to pile up that the Razr might be another delicate foldable that isn't up to the task of day-to-day smartphone usage. In addition to the same display durability issues that the Galaxy Fold had—an OLED display that has to deal with both the stress of bending and an easily damageable plastic display coating—the Razr has a trick hinge system that is a lot more complicated than that of the Galaxy Fold. In an effort to keep the display from creasing deeply, Motorola says the Razr hinge "includes moveable support plates that rigidly support the display when the phone is open but collapse out of the way when the phone is closed." There have been a few sources now that suggest this hinge design isn't going to last. The first piece of evidence comes from CNET, which just wrapped up a torture test of the Moto Razr with disappointing results. CNET got ahold of SquareTrade's Foldbot, a robot designed to open and close folding smartphones repeatedly until they die. The Galaxy Fold survived the Foldbot for 120,000 folds before the fatigue from bending destroyed the display. CNET was hoping the Razr would last for a similar 100,000-fold torture test, but Moto's phone only lasted for about a quarter of that time. After 27,000 folds, the hinge mechanism jammed up, and the phone wouldn't close anymore. After a few hours in the Foldbot, the Razr's hinge became stiffer, and the smooth-closing action was significantly degraded. The video features a gross selection of groans, pops, and grinding noises from the worn-in hinge mechanism. CNET called off the test at 27k folds when the Foldbot was unable to close the phone. Apple says the average iPhone user unlocks the phone 80 times a day, while Statista puts heavier users at between 63 and 79 unlocks per day. If we apply that data to this Razr test, more active users would have hinge problems at around the one-year mark. While CNET only gives us a sample size of one, there are other reports that the hinge mechanism leaves a lot to be desired. There are a few videos on Twitter now of the Moto Razr hinge squeaking and creaking right out of the box. The Razr only went on sale yesterday, but in-store demo units are already taking a beating, with other videos showing flickering displays and green lines running through the display. Another potential problem is that the display isn't attached to the phone around the perimeter, which could allow debris to get under the display and break it. The Galaxy Fold shipped with a plastic bezel around the perimeter of the display, covering the sides of the display as much as possible. The one spot Samsung couldn't cover is the hinge area, and debris ingress around the hinge area ended up being one reason the device died an early death. After delaying the phone for a rework, Samsung added caps to the hinge area to try to cover the exposed sides of the display as much as possible. It doesn't seem like Motorola learned from any of this, since the sides of the Razr display seem completely unprotected. Witness this gruesome BBC video where the screen can be picked up with just a fingernail. Motorola isn't helping matters much either, with an official video that claims "bumps and lumps are normal" in the flexible display. So far, every flexible-display smartphone has seen some kind of durability issue. These are still first-generation devices with a lot of bugs to work out, and with sky-high prices (the Razr, at $1,500, is on the cheaper side!), anyone buying a folding smartphone is taking on a big risk. Listing image by @JeremyDeBoseCom Source: Another broken foldable: The Moto Razr is already showing durability problems (Ars Technica) (To view the article's image gallery, please visit the above link)
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