hand holding a Motorola Razr
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The new remake and revival of the Razr phone from Motorola is coming to a store near you. Anyone who was around in the early 2000’s remembers the Razor flip phone, it was incredibly popular in America and has more than a little of nostalgia associated with it.  The Razor V3 sold over 130 million units in 2004, putting it just slightly behind the ever so popular Nokia 2600.

The Razr specs are a good place to start when describing the new phone design.  It features a 6.2 inch POLED (plastic OLED) main inside screen and a 2.7 inch GOLED (glass OLED) front Screen. The rear camera is a 16MP and the front facing camera is only a 5MP resolution camera.  Standard options come with 128GB of storage, fingerprint scanning capabilities and is equipped to Fast charge at 15W.

In an age of the iPhone and galaxy, everyone has come to just accept that the flat static design of the smartphone is the best option to go with. The new Razr is trying to put the folding option back on the table for phone makers.  Samsung tried this in 2019 with its limited release of the Galaxy fold, in short the only way to describe the Galaxy fold is a bold attempt that failed miserably. The success of the Razr will be judged on how well they execute maintaining a creaseless inside main screen.

The work done on the hinge was especially designed in every way to try to prevent a crease from ever forming on the screen.  Partnering team of Motorola is the Lenovo yoga team, they helped design and deploy the folding aspects of the new Razr. Simply put, imagine having fold a piece of paper but not pressing the fold area together leaving a circular bulge at the crease.  By building a dynamic spring folding back it allows the POLED to fold without putting any unsustainable pressure on the screen when folding in.

The new Razr is an impressive innovative leap forward when it comes to functional screen folding design, but falls short in many areas that are critical for success.  The battery is not nearly as big as other direct competitors at 2510 mah, so battery life will likely be questionable. The rear camera lacks a wide angle option, and does not perform in low light nearly as well as the Samsung or Apple.  If you want the top of the line this phone isn’t for you, but if you want a fun conversation starter and the hottest new toy this new year, you can pick one up after its release in Jan 2020.

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