Motorola astonished the tech world last year when it reappeared with its iconic Razr flip phone as a foldable smartphone. It worked well and got lots of attention from its fan base but its success was overshadowed by the more powerful Galaxy Z flip from Samsung. However, in December, the company revealed that they are working on a 5G version of the Razr, and recently they announced a revamp of the upcoming smartphone.
The Motorola Razr was the first vertically foldable phone to hit the market on Feb 6, 2019. It features a 6.2-inch display and a secondary 2.69-inch glass display when folded. Razr was a rather unimpressive mid-range smartphone, packing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear camera, a 5MP front camera, Android 9 Pie, and a 2,510mAh battery. The Galaxy Z Flip, on the other hand, had an arguably better display in terms of look and feel, a better processor, more RAM, more storage, a larger battery, newer software, faster charging, and better cameras.
According to the latest rumors and leaks, the second-generation Motorola Razr has the code name "smith". The foldable is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of internal storage, and a 2,845mAh battery. The rear camera is also getting an upgrade to Samsung's 48MP ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor while the front camera is getting upgraded to a 20MP shooter.
The device will run Android 10 out-of-the-box, presumably with Motorola's many improvements to the Quick View display. The dimensions of the main "Flex View" and closed "Quick View" display themselves, as far as we know, haven't changed from the first-generation model, though we hope that Motorola will introduce enhancements like a layer of Ultra-Thin Glass. Razr will support 5G connectivity, made possible with the inclusion of the Snapdragon 765 with its Snapdragon X52 modem.
The phone's high performance speaks for itself. As it is powered by a very fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 SoC processor. The phone features a powerful triple camera array consisting of 108MP main camera lens, 8MP telephoto lens, and 16MP ultra-wide sensor. Although the camera hardware is impressive as it is, it turns out that the real power of the device lies in several software-based features that further enhance the photography experience of the user.
But the biggest selling point or should we say, the only thing that differentiates it from other premium phones is its video enhancement solution, developed by a Swedish company. As per the official sources, the Motorola has collaborated with Imint, to integrate their video stabilization solution on the Motorola Edge plus. This will enable video makers, vloggers to shoot high-quality videos right from their smartphones.
The Vidhance video stabilization technology works with active optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS) to reduce the unwanted shakiness, and motion blur due to sudden movements and shakes. The company claims that the Motorola Edge plus can shoot amazing videos with greater stability even in low-light situations. Vidhance dynamic blur reduction technology helps to minimize the motion blur caused by low shutter speed and abrupt movements.
Do you need a phone with a bigger battery size but with a less price tag? Motorola has recently unveiled the Moto G8 power lite, an affordable phone with a huge 5,000mAh battery. Just a couple of months ago, the company introduced the Moto G8 Power smartphone. The Lite version offers almost the same specifications but comes with a reasonably impressive price that is less than $200.
The device has a 6.5-inch HD+ display, the Moto G8 Power lite is powered by the powerful MediaTek Helio P35 chipset, 4GB of RAM, and 64GB of onboard storage. The device comes with an expandable storage option that allows you to increase the storage up to 256Gb with a microSD card. As this is a power device it lives up to its name by featuring a high-capacity battery but relies on a micro USB port with charging at up to 10W speeds.
When it comes to the photography section, the device doesn't take it lite. At the rear side, you will find a triple camera array that has a 16-megapixel primary sensor, 2-megapixel macro lens, and 2-megapixel depth sensor. The selfie camera has an 8-megapixel lens and is housed within a display notch. There is also a rear-mounted capacitive fingerprint scanner to open the phone using biometric prints.
The only drawback here is that the device is still relying on the older version of Android Pie rather than Android 10 out of the box. Moto isn't very good with software updates and that makes us wonder that if the users will get the updated OS anytime sooner or not. The company has launched the phone in two amazing colors - turquoise and blue. It will be soon available for sale in selected markets like Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania over the coming weeks.
Since the Motorola re-joined the mobile industry, it was relying on the small budget but last year in December Motorola President Sergio Buniac announced that it would bring a flagship smartphone in early 2020. The company didn't say much about the phone and kept everything so secret - even we had to know about its name (now confirmed) through rumors. But that doesn't stop rumors to surface as the New Year started. Thanks to the renders leaked by OnLeaks and PriceBaba, now we know how the Motorola Edge Plus might look like. After looking at the pictures the first thing you might notices is one of the 2019's most polarizing features - a waterfall display.
For the selfie camera, the smartphone uses a cutout to house the front camera lens. On the back of the phone, you will see a triple-lens camera array arranged in a vertically aligned fashion. Another imagery leak suggests that the smartphone will feature a 108MP primary sensor on the standard variant of the phone. The back of the device doesn't have a fingerprint sensor, and we might expect the in-display fingerprint sensor on the phone. There is also a possibility that the fingerprint reader is integrated with one of the buttons on the side, but that might not be the case.
Furthermore, the leaked renders of the Motorola Edge Plus suggests a headphone jack at the top and a USB-C port at the bottom of the device.
Rumors suggest that the Motorola Edge plus has a 6.67-inch 2,340 x 1,080 display that runs from edge to edge. It will most likely support a 90Hz display refresh rate. It is also expected to come with Bluetooth 5.1 connectivity support. The phone also supports the 5G network.
The Motorola President Buniac said it would be the fastest 5G phone on the Qualcomm's flagship smartphone with 5G speeds greater than 5Gbps. The phone may launch several new applications with the phone including the Moto assistant, Moto Game Time, and Moto audio. Game Time has introduced a customizable toolbar for users to easily access settings and other tools useful while playing games. Some of these features could include notification blocking, brightness locking, and more.
There has been a good amount of leaks about Moto G8 and G8 Plus specs by XDA-Developers. Now other leaks have been posted by 91Mobiles about its design. The renders have been reported of the vanilla Moto G8. The picture shows us how the front and back of the Moto G8 will look. It has a punch-hole cutout on the left side of the display, a vertically stacked triple camera system, and a fingerprint scanner located under the Motorola logo at the back side of the device.
The render also shows some details including a d3.5mm port at the top of the smartphone. There is a prominent chin and what seems to be macro and ultra-wide branding on the back side. These apparent Moto G8 renders look good enough to attract the attention of mobile users. The Moto G8 and G8 Plus share some features and hardware specs, such as both have a punch-hole display, a physical fingerprint scanners just below the rear Moto logo, a Snapdragon 665 processing chip, and Android operating system version 10.
The Mote G8 has a big 6.39-inch HD+ LCD display. It uses 2GB/4GB memory and 32GB/64GB storage. There is dual-SIM support in some regions but no NFC. The phone is also said to offer a 4,000mAh batter with 10W charging, making for a hefty upgrade over the Moto G7's 3,000mAh battery. The vanilla Moto G8 is rumored to have a triple rear camera, featuring a 16MP f/1.7 primary camera lens, 8MP f/2.2 ultra-wide lens, and a 2MP f/2.2 macro lens. An 8MP camera in a punch-hole cutout is said to be available for taking selfies.
The phone is expected to offer a 5,000mAh battery with 18W charging. This would line up with an earlier FCC filing for a Moto phone with a 5,000mAh pack. The power device is said to have an identical camera layout compared to the vanilla G8 and might have a fourth camera lens for the depth or potentially a telephoto camera restricted to higher-end mobile devices. There is no price on the price range for the device yet, but hopefully, it is competitively priced to take on Nokia and Samsung.