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Motorola Razr rumors: Everything known about the foldable phone so far

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The latest photo leak gives us a clear picture of the Motorola Razr foldable phone. Evan Blass, a well-known leaker of upcoming phones, shared images on his private Twitter account showing pictures of what is likely the Moto Razr folding phone. The images show what looks like a Moto Razr V3 but instead of a small screen and keypad, there is a long display that spans the entire phone and folds in half. When closed, images show the phone’s front screen being used to frame a selfie and replying to a text message. 

These new photos come just a month after Motorola verified that it would be launching a foldable phone by the end of 2019. This lines up with earlier rumors from Dutch site Let’s Go Digital that said the upcoming Moto Razr foldable phone would launch in the US “within the next few months” and in Europe in December. Hype and rumors that Motorola is revamping its iconic Razr flip phone have been circulating since January, and have continued throughout the year.

The foldable phone race has been one filled with delays with other phone makers like Samsung and Huawei postponingthe launches of their folding phones. Interestingly enough, the latest Moto Razr news comes on the same day that the Samsung Galaxy Fold went on sale in the US.

At the beginning of September, Bloomberg reported that Samsung is working on a second foldable phone to follow the Galaxy Fold, and like the upcoming Moto Razr, it will fold down into a pocketable size. It’s also speculated that the Motorola Razr won’t be as powerful and high-end as other foldable phones like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, but there are a lot of reasons to be excited about a Moto Razr foldable phone.

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A leaked image of Motorola’s new foldable Razr.Evan Blass

A foldable screen would breathe new life into the classic phone’s form-factor. Instead of there being a small screen and physical dial pad like the original Razr, there will likely be a screen that covers the top and bottom halves of the phone and that can even fold closed. Another plus going for the Razr foldable phone is that it will be comparably less expensive than its $2,000 premium counterparts. For more info, read about CNET’s roundup of other foldable phones available now.

Motorola hasn’t formally launched the Razr foldable phone yet, and Motorola has not officially commented on the Razr’s folding design, price or availability. The company has repeatedly said that its policy is to “neither confirm nor deny rumors” about products.

But even as they keep mum about it, the Razr remains one of the most anticipated phones coming down the pipeline. Despite being released 15 years ago, the Razr still has name and brand recognition. Its clout is as much of a draw as its folding display will likely be.

Here’s everything we know at this point.

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A leaked photo showing the front display and camera on the Razr.Evan Blass

Razr patent indicates iconic design with foldable screen

As mentioned earlier, Motorola was reported in January to be reviving its Razr brand with a new device, according to The Wall Street Journal. Later, a patent filing discovered by tech blog site 91Mobiles included illustrations of what could be a new Razr phone.

The illustrations suggest a similar design to the original, but instead of the interior surface being divided by a hinge that separated the display and dial pad, the allegedly new Razr would be entirely display. The screen would apparently be flexible enough to fold in half and the curved bulge of the screen (when closed) would be hidden inside the phone’s body.

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Possible patent design filing for the “foldable” Motorola Razr phone.WIPO

If these markups turn out to be accurate, Motorola is taking a more practical approach than Samsung and Huawei. Instead of a phone opening out into a tablet, the Razr’s appealingly small size would mean it remains a pocketable phone. Small phone fans rejoice!

It was speculated that the company might announce the phone in April, but when the month came along, we instead just got more purported press this time in the form of images posted to the site /Leaks. The photos show a phone with a Motorola logo and a long, continuous display. Another image shows the phone folded at 90 degrees.

Midrange folding phone price

The same January story from The Wall Street Journal also reported that the phone will allegedly cost $1,500. That’s more expensive than most high-end smartphones like the iPhone XS Max or Galaxy Note 10 Plus.

However, with the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X costing $1,980 and $2,600, respectively, the Moto Razr’s supposed price seems reasonable for a folding phone. This along with leaked specs could be a hint that the Razr is more of a midrange foldable phone instead of a premium one like the Fold and Mate X.

Another report by Let’s Go Digital points to the phone costing €1,500.

Razr foldable phone specs leaked

In March, the tech enthusiast site XDA Developers shared what were alleged specs and features for the Razr:

  • Main display: 6.2 inches; 2,142×876 pixels
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • RAM: 4GB or 6GB
  • Storage: 64GB or 128GB
  • Battery: 2,730mAh
  • Colors: White, Black or Gold

As a reminder, the display on the original Razr was just 2.2 inches. A new 6.2-inch display bodes well for people who prefer as much screen as possible packaged within a small body. The processor is a curious choice, too. Instead of a Snapdragon 855, Motorola may go with the Snapdragon 710, which is found on the mid-tier Galaxy A8 and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. It will be interesting to see how Motorola optimizes features for the processor.

GALAXY FOLD SPECS VS. FOLDABLE MOTOROLA RAZR

Samsung Galaxy FoldMotorola Razr (leaked specs)
Display size, resolution7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED; 4.6-inch Super AMOLED6.2-inch OLED (2,142×876 pixels); NA (800×600 pixels)
Mobile softwareAndroid 9.0 with Samsung One UIN/A, but likely Android Pie or Android Q
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 855Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Storage512GB64GB, 128GB
RAM12GB4GB, 6GB
Battery4,380mAh2,730mAh
Camera12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (ultra wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)N/A
Front-facing cameraTwo 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depthN/A
Price off-contract (USD)$1,980$1,500

Razr may be packed with useful software features

One of the features leaked by XDA Developers was the Razr’s ability to use the main display as a trackpad when unfolded. This is similar to the One Button Nav found on some of Motorola phones like the Moto G5 Plus, which used the fingerprint reader as a mini trackpad instead of the screen itself.

Like the original Razr, there might be a display on the outer shell. This could offer more functionality especially with some of Motorola’s apps like Moto Display, Moto Camera and Moto Actions. Currently, Motorola uses a lightly skinned version of Android on its phones that include similar shortcuts. I really enjoy the company’s take on Android and I hope if a Razr phone materializes that it uses something similar.

Rumors also posit that Google Assistant will be a big part of the device and that there will be a specific feature to trigger it when the phone’s closed. This is especially probably important since folding phones like flip phones back in the day do require a different way to control and interact with them. Being able to access the phone when closed with just your voice could go a long way toward solving some UI issues.

Source: https://www.cnet.com/news/motorola-razr-rumors-everything-known-foldable-phone-before-2019-launch/

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Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!

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The tablet market hasn’t been doing so well in recent years and not many companies dare to experiment with new products for the niche. That’s why it’s always exciting when we see someone daring to make a new top-tier tablet. It seems that this time around, it’ll be Huawei.

Some renders of a new Huawei tablet leaked around mid-October. These depicted a tablet with an all-around thin bezel, which looks a lot like Apple’s latest iPad Pro. Difference being that the Huawei tablet has a small punch-hole in the top-left corner. Back then, it was believed that the tablet would be named Huawei MediaPad M7. However, reliable leakster Evan Blass corrected that statement and claimed it’s the Huawei MatePad Pro.

Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!

If the design and naming scheme wasn’t enough to send some Apple tingles down your body, we also have what appears to be a keyboard case and a dedicated stylus for the MatePad Pro, which look a lot like the iPad Pro’s Smart Keyboard and Apple Pencil. Hey, at least it comes in 4 different colors, including quirky orange and the newly-cool green.

Huawei is about to release an iPad Pro… errr MatePad Pro!

Specs? No idea so far. The pictures do depict a quad-speaker stereo setup for sound and a dual camera on the back. We would assume that it’ll be a top-tier device as it looks the part… and it’s a Pro, after all.

One might be worried that with Huawei being barred from using Google apps, this tablet might be limited to Asian markets only, or not worth a buy in the end. But fret not, it looks like Huawei is very close to regaining access to the Google framework! So, if it all works out, we might have a nice competitor for the Apple iPad Pro and Samsung Galaxy Tab S6. It will all boil down to what that stylus can do and how much the whole package costs!

Source: https://www.phonearena.com/news/huawei-matepad-pro-leaks_id120154

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GALAXY S11 SPECS REVEALED BY ONE UI 2.0; EXYNOS 9830/SNAPDRAGON 865 AND LPDDR5 RAM IN TOW

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We’re reaching the end of 2019, and we can pretty much say that every expected flagship is out in the market. Now, it’s time to start looking at the next year. Thankfully, it’s hard to keep secrets nowadays, and smartphones start to leak several months before the release. Today, we have one of the first rumors about the Galaxy S11. It’s one of the flagships that will set standards in 2020, and now the alleged specifications have been exposed.

Well, it’s not a surprise to see a next year’s flagship coming with a chipset that will reign in the next year. That’s the case of the Galaxy S11, which will ship with the Snapdragon 865 to anyone’s surprise. In the South-Korean firm side of the coin, we’ll have the Exynos 9830. So while some markets will receive the SD powered variant, likely US and China, the rest of the world will have the Exynos counterpart.

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The Exynos 9830 exists. In the latest One UI 2.0 beta for the S10, Samsung added support for the Exynos 9830 along with the Snapdragon 865. These will, of course, be used in the S11.

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According to @MaxWinebach from XDA-Developers, evidence has been found about the Exynos 9830 in the latest One UI 2.0 beta. This chipset will likely come inside the Galaxy S11. In addition, after digging into the code, the developer also found a face unlock feature. This isn’t a new feature, of course, but confirms that we won’t be getting a pop-up camera in the S11. Samsung will be sticking with the punch-hole display, this time, however, it should be smaller.

The code also reveals LPDDR5 memory, UFS 3.0 storage and 5G support. However, it fails to specify the amount of RAM, although we believe that it will come with up to 12GB of LPDDR5 RAM. Moreover, it’s unclear if Samsung will release a single 5G smartphone or if an LTE-only option is also in development.

Source: https://www.gizchina.com/2019/10/28/galaxy-s11-specs-revealed/

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Microsoft said the Surface Laptop 3 would be easy to open — and it actually is

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Earlier this month, Surface boss Panos Panay showed how you’d be able to get into the Surface Laptop 3 just by lifting off the top plate — and it turns out, it’s pretty much as easy as Panay made it seem, according to iFixit’s Surface Laptop 3 teardown.

Previous Surface Laptops weren’t easy to open up at all. You had to forcibly pry off the keyboard and top cover assembly to get to the internals — iFixit used a knife on the Surface Laptop — and when you finally got to those internals, it turned out that none of them were user-replaceable. They were so hard to work with that iFixit gave both the Surface Laptop and Surface Laptop 2 repairability scores of zero out of 10.

For the Surface Laptop 3, though, iFixit says you can loosen up the top cover assembly just by unscrewing four Torx Plus screws on the bottom of the laptop. Once you do, you can use a guitar pick or another soft prying tool (maybe even a fingernail?) to gently lift up the top cover, which is attached to the rest of the computer by magnets and a single flex cable.

However, once you’ve taken the cover off, you won’t be able to spec up the Surface Laptop 3 to your heart’s content, as the CPU and RAM are soldered to the motherboard. The only thing you can easily swap out is the M.2 2230 SSD, if you can actually find one.

Microsoft warns against swapping it, saying that a “skilled technician” should be the only ones to do so, but the only thing holding the SSD down is a single Torx Plus screw — so if you know what you’re doing, and you’re willing to risk voiding your warranty, it looks like you’ll be able to add some storage to the laptop on your own.

If you’re really crafty, you might be able to repair a broken keyboard, the headphone jack, or even the entire display, but the SSD looks to be the easiest to get to.

Source: https://www.theverge.com/2019/10/23/20929530/microsoft-surface-laptop-3-easy-open-up-repair-fix-ifixit-teardown

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