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Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Motorola Razr gen 2 will be out with some changes

Earlier this year, Motorola relaunched the Razr, modernizing the iconic flip phone brand with a flashy foldable display, Android, and a $1,500 price tag. But it fell short in a number of ways, with a creaky hinge, poor cameras, and lackluster battery life. Now, Motorola is trying to redeem its first foldable with a second-generation Razr, which adds 5G support, better cameras, and more useful software.
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The overall design of the new Razr looks fairly similar to the original foldable. There’s a 6.2-inch, 21.9:9 foldable display on the inside of the phone, while a 2.7-inch OLED “Quick View” display on the outside allows for access to notifications and other basic functionality. Also the same: the high price tag, which, at $1,399, is just $100 less than its predecessor.
Inside, there’s a number of changes. The processor is a faster Snapdragon 765G (which helps add 5G support), the RAM has been increased to 8GB (from 6GB on the original), the internal storage has been doubled to 256GB, and the battery is a larger 2,800mAh (which should hopefully help solve the battery life issues).
The original Razr’s cameras were, to put it simply, bad, with a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel main camera that was effectively only good for shooting in direct sunlight. The updated model looks to change that on both fronts. The internal camera is a 20-megapixel sensor that shoots quad-pixel 5-megapixel stills (presumably at a better quality than the original), and the rear camera jumps up to a 48-megapixel sensor with a newly added laser autofocus time-of-flight sensor and optical image stabilization. Thanks to the Razr’s external display and foldable nature, you’ll be able to use that more powerful main camera for selfies, too — although we’ll have to see whether Motorola has actually succeeded in improving the performance, especially in low-light situations.
Motorola is also making the new Razr much more accessible. Where the original was a Verizon exclusive in the US, the new model will be sold unlocked as well as through AT&T and T-Mobile. (Verizon is notably missing this time around, likely due to the lack of mmWave support.)
Lastly, Motorola is emphasizing software improvements it’s made on the new Razr, with expanded functionality for the external display (something Motorola already started to offer on the original Razr with a software update earlier this year). The new software works more like regular Android and offers access to a variety of apps, including Google Maps, YouTube, games, and the ability to respond to text messages without having to open the phone.

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