The new Motorola Razr 5G was announced yesterday, and its upgrades are far from stunning, considering the failures of its predecessor.
Before foldable smartphones were cool, Motorola has been on the forefront of it with the original Motorola Razr. Earlier this year, they resurrected the line and slapped on a smartphone with the familiar clamshell phone. The result? An ultra-nostalgic flip phone reminiscent of the early 2000s craze.
Unfortunately, the phone didn’t live up to the hype in terms of performance. The overall design at face value is impressive. However, the built and specs don’t justify the price tag of the smartphone.
Motorola Razr 5G to make up for the mistakes
There are several areas of the phone where the first Motorola Razr failed. The most glaring among all is the camera setup. For an AU$2,700 phone, it only featured a 5-megapixel selfie camera and a 16-megapixel main camera. Clearly, the price cannot justify such low-end camera specs.
Fortunately, they’ve learned their mistakes and slapped on an internal camera with 20-megapixels sensors and an external camera with 40-megapixels. This is a huge jump from its predecessor, but it remains to be seen how Motorola’s camera AI can keep up with the times.
In addition, the Motorola Razr 5G now features the Snapdragon 765G and 8GB of RAM. In other words, as the name suggests, the flip phone is now 5g capable. However, without asking for too much, the 5G bands on it only support the sub-6GHz-networks. Its main competitor, the Samsung Galaxy Z Fip 5G, already features the latest and more powerful Snapdragon 865+.
Crucial hinge upgrade
Other than the glaring poor camera on the original phone, the build of the Motorola Razr had more to be desired for. CNET conducted a flip test on it and found out that after just a little over 27,000 folds, the phone stops working. Now, the company claims that the Motorola Razr 5G can withstand up to 200,000 flips. It said,
“We found an average user flips razr 40 times per day, while power users flip razr 100 times a day. Our flip cycling test showed razr is designed to withstand up to 200,000 flips, meaning it would take a power user over 5 years to reach that level of use.”
It remains to be seen how this claim will fulfill actual user tests. However, it can be assured that several tech reviewers will quickly jump to test the 200,000 flip promise. If Motorola does good on its commitment, they may be on to something here. However, if they fail, it just might be the end of the road for the nostalgic flip phone.
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