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Everything you need to know about the 2019 Motorola RAZR «Smartphones :: Gadgethacks



If you had a phone in 2004, chances are it was a Motorola RAZR. The iconic phone is the tenth most-sold of all time and marked the high point of the flip phone era. Now that the technology has been caught up, Lenovo (the parent company of Motorola) wants to bring it back in a big way.

According to rumors, Lenovo wants to recreate the old design so that former RAZR users can jump back to the phone as bicycles. And thanks to modern hardware it will be much more powerful. We are talking about Android, an OLED screen, USB Type C connector, fast charging and much more. All this while remaining true to the flip design of its predecessor. The Motorola RAZR from 201

9 is perhaps the push-fold phone that is needed to get the market going.

Go to a section: Striking features | Dates | Storage Price | Body | Basics | Software Skin | View | Performance Battery | Camera | Audio | Media formats Sensors Connectivity Security Box contains

Striking features

Motorola reconstructs the iconic RAZR with modern hardware. It is now a full-screen clamshell design, made possible by a foldable OLED panel. It will use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor flagship lite and will include a secondary display for interactions when the phone is closed.

Image via Tech SciCo / Twitter (via Evan Blass / Twitter)

Important dates

Rumor has it that the Motorola RAZR on November 13 2019 is announced. The event will take place in downtown Los Angeles. There are currently no indications as to when preorders are opened or when they will be released, although it appears that Motorola will release the phone before the end of the year.

  • Release Date: December 2019
  • Pre-Order Date: November 2019
  • Announcement: November 13, 2019

Storage Capacity [19659005] Rumor has it that the Motorola RAZR starts with 64 GB of internal storage. There will also be a 128 GB version with more RAM. There is no indication of whether it supports expandable storage via a microSD card.

  • Available storage: 64 GB, 128 GB
  • Expandable storage: no

Price for everything

When rumors first started for the new RAZR, one of the first leaks that came out, was the price. And with the high costs of other foldable smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold, we are pretty sure that the rumor price could be true. Rumor has it that the Motorola RAZR starts at $ 1500.

Body

Based on the leaked images, Lenovo seems to use a combination of metal, glass and plastic. It seems that the phone uses an OLED panel that is covered with plastic that can be folded, with a second display coated with glass and a back cover that is a form of metal (our guess is aluminum). Regarding colors, leaks indicate black, white and gold.

  • Frame: metal (probably aluminum), glass
  • Finish: black, white, gold
2019 Image by KTechZone / Twitter

Basics

We don't know the dimensions or the weight. We also do not know if it will have an official IP rating. According to the Wall Street Journal, it will be exclusive to Verizon. We do not know if there will be a version with GSM unlocking (that works with T-Mobile and AT&T), but I would not ignore the possibility.

  • Height: Unknown
  • Width: Unknown
  • Depth: Unknown
  • Weight: Unknown
  • Dust / water resistance: Unknown [19659011] Supported carriers: Verizon
  • Infrared blaster: Unknown

We do not know the operating temperature, the non-operating temperature, the relative humidity or the operating height.

  • Operating temperature: Unknown
  • Non-operating temperature: Unknown
  • Relative humidity: Unknown
  • Operating height: Unknown

Software

Regarding software, we know that it will run Android. Although Android 10 has now been out for a few months, there is no rumor that it will run the latest version of the operating system. Our best guess is that since Lenovo hoped to release this phone by the end of the summer of 2019, they may have already optimized the software for Android 9 Pie. But even if this is true, expect a fast path to Android 10, which adds official support for folding devices.

Skin

Motorola phones usually run a fairly barebones version of Android with a few features and apps that are technically "out of stock." However, we expect a slightly heavier skin this time due to the new form factor. If it comes with Android 9 Pie, Motorola must add compatibility to the foldable design that does not appear in that version of Android. It may still seem to be in stock, but will probably be a bit heavier than the Moto G or Z series line-up.

According to XDA, Lenovo has creative plans for using the dual screens. Some of the rumors are listed below.

  • Use the external display as a trackpad to browse web pages in Chrome when the phone is expanded.
  • To display up to six tiles for quick settings on the external screen when the phone
  • Because there is only one camera (the rear view camera) to take selfies when the phone unfolds, you must turn the phone over with the screen of focused on you. To help this, Lenovo has added the option to tap anywhere on the screen to take the photo, not just the shutter release button, but also to let you zoom in with a swipe up. The idea that this should make taking photos easier, even though you cannot see the screen.
  • You can have Google Assistant animation appear on the outer screen.
  • You can use different backgrounds for each screen.
  • Version: new Motorola skin for folding

Display

Lenovo is doing its best to replicate the iconic phone, which currently is in 10th place in the list of best-selling phones of all times. It has a 6.2-inch display that covers the entire inner part of the phone. It has a resolution of 2142 x 876, resulting in a 373 ppi. Because it is foldable, it will use an OLED panel for better image quality and improved contrast.

This large screen acts as both the numeric keypad and the screen and is likely to be used to bring the 2004 phone to the modern age. We expect that most apps and videos will be displayed full screen. However, the telephone and messaging app (probably a special mode) will use the halves separately.

A second screen will also appear on the back cover, just like the predecessor ever had. This screen acts as a lock screen and probably displays information such as notifications, time, date and events. We don't know much about this screen except that it will have a resolution of 800 x 600.

Image by Callens Bob / Twitter
  • Screen size: 6.2 inch (main screen), unknown (secondary screen)
  • Screen resolution: 2142 x 876 pixels (main screen), 800 x 600 (secondary screen)
  • Total number of pixels: 1,876,392 pixels (main screen), 480,000 pixels (secondary screen)
  • Pixel density: 373 ppi (main screen), Unknown (secondary screen)
  • Screen type: OLED (main screen), Unknown (secondary display)
  • Cutout: yes
  • Screen-body ratio: Unknown
  • Aspect ratio: Unknown
  • Minimum brightness: Unknown [19659011] Maximum brightness: Unknown
  • Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch sensitivity)
  • Color temp: Unknown
  • Color range: [1 9459006] Unknown
Image via Slashleaks

Performance

Rumors indicate that the Motorola RAZR is one of the first American phones to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series chipset. As the name implies, it is located between the midrange 600 and the flagship 800 series and offers flagship-like performance at a lower price.

The Snapdragon 710 includes many of the features you expect from the 800 series, including the Snapdragon X15 LTE model for fast mobile data, support for 802.11ac with MU-MIMO, the ability to output HDR video up to 4K play and support for Quick Charge 4+ for faster charging.

It is just below the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in single-core and multi-core scores in GeekBench and shares much of the same architecture as in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. And it is linked to either 4 GB or 6 GB DDR4X RAM. Memory: 4 GB or 6 GB RAM

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • Chip size: 10 nanometers
  • CPU frequency: 2.2 GHz
  • CPU cores: 8 cores
  • GPU: Adreno 616
  • Battery

    Rumor has it that it contains a 2,730 mAh battery. Although this appears to be low on paper, it makes sense that when you consider the lower-resolution screen and the 700 Series SoC, Lenovo would opt for a smaller battery. This would keep the thickness low to stay true to the RAZR name. Motorola can include its Turbo Power 27 W charger in the box for fast charging. We do not know if it supports wireless charging.

    • Battery: rechargeable lithium ion
    • Capacity: 2,786 mAh, 3.85 volts (10.73 watt hours)
    • Wired charging: yes, or TurboPower 27 W [19659011] Wireless charging: Unknown

    Camera

    We can see in the images of the patent that it actually has one camera housed at the top. Although it is speculated that the bottom also has a camera, leaked images indicate that this is only the Motorola logo. Therefore, just like the ASUS ZenFone 6, it will use the same camera for the front and back.

    For the front camera, you seem to have access to it when you close the phone. With the 800 x 600 resolution display as a viewfinder you can make selfies or make video calls. For rear shots, unfold the device.

    • Resolution: Unknown
    • Sensor size: Unknown
    • Aperture: Unknown
    • Zoom: Unknown
    • Flash: Unknown
    • Image tab Unknown
    • RAW support: Unknown
    • Lens cap: Unknown
    • Object detection: Unknown
    • Formats: Unknown
    Image by KTechZone / Twitter

    We know even less about the performance of the video camera. The only thing we can do is speculate based on the limitations of the SoC, which have been rumored. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 supports 4K recordings at 30 fps. Slow motion video recording is limited to 1080p at 240 fps. However, without knowing the lens or sensor, we cannot know the full size of the camera.

    • Resolution: 720p, 1080p and 4K
    • Max frame rate: 30 fps for 720p, 60 fps for 1080p, 30 fps for 4K
    • Slow motion: yes, 1080p at 240 fps
    • Time-lapse: Unknown
    • Photos: Unknown
    • Zoom: Unknown
    • Flash access: Unknown
    • Image stabilization: Unknown
    • Object detection: Unknown
    • Autofocus: Unknown
    • Audio: Unknown
    • Formats: H.264

    Audio

    We currently know nothing about the audio, although it doesn't seem to have a headphone jack.

    • 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
    • Stereo speakers: Unknown
    • Microphones: Unknown
    • Max speaker volume: Unknown

    Media formats [19659005] We don't know if Lenovo will advertise additional codec support, but the standard codecs that are supported by Android are more than adequate:

    • Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC +, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY, AC3, EAC3, EAC3-JOC, AC4, Opus
    • Video: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265 (HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM, HDR10 +, AV1

    Sensors

    We do not know which sensors will be included, but we can make a well-considered guess based on other phones that the company are produced.

    • Sensors: accelerometer, ambient light, color temperature, compass gyroscope, proximity

    We do not yet know which location technologies are included in the Motorola RAZR.

    • GPS: Unknown
    • aGPS: Unknown
    • Glonass: Unknown
    • BeiDou: Unknown
    • Galileo: Unknown
    • QZ Unknown

    Connectivity

    Based on its SoC, we know it can support up to 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5). It must contain NFC for mobile payments and use nano-sim, but nether is confirmed. As with all Android flagships, it must use USB Type C for its data port.

    • Wi-Fi: 802.11ac MIMO 2×2
    • Bluetooth: NFC: yes [19659011] Mobile: nano SIM
    • Port: USB Type C

    Security

    We currently do not know anything about the biometric data used by this device. It seems that the Moto RAZR has no biometric data at all and instead relies on password, pin code and gestures. Lenovo might contain an unsafe version of face unlocking, but nothing is confirmed.

    • Fingerprint scanner: Unknown
    • Face scanner: no
    • Iris scanner: no
    • Manual authentication: password, pin code, cartridge, wipe

    Box contains

    We do not know the contents of the box.

    Cover image by Carlos G. Polidura / Twitter


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