The Motorola Razr 2019 steps up the clamshell Mobile Phone game Motorola began in 2004. it is not just an improvement of the original Motorola Razr from 2004, it is Motorola’s first foldable smartphone to hit the market. How well does it fair as a newbie in the foldable smartphone market? Answers would be provided in this article on Motorola Razr 2019 specs and price.
Motorola Razr 2019 Key Specs & Features
- 6.2-inch, P-OLED Capacitive Touchscreen, 1440 X 3040 pixels (371 ppi) + 2.7 inches G-OLED Touchscreen, 600 x 800
- Android 9.0 (Pie), One UI
- 6GB RAM
- Octa-core Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm)
- 128GB built-in Storage
- 16MP Camera + 5MP Camera
- 4G LTE
- Fingerprint Sensor
- 25W Fast Charging Capacity
- 2,500mAh non-removable Li-Po Battery
The Design and Display
The Motorola Razr 2019 was designed to give the same feeling the original Razr had in the hands. It retains the same form factor the 2004 Razr had. Its a clamp shell mobile phone with a dual display.
Being a look-alike of the earlier Razr isn’t the main story here. The Motorola Razr 2019 is a foldable smartphone that takes another approach to foldable smartphone design. It’s a bit different from what we had on the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Huawei Mate X and the Xiaomi Mi Mix Alpha
Instead of having a display on the top and button on the bottom, The Razr Motorola houses a 6.2-inch full display, which is revealed when the clamshell is opened.
As mentioned earlier, the smartphone deviates from the norm we have had on other foldable phones. Being a clamshell that is also a foldable smartphone, folding the display is done horizontally, unlike other foldable smartphones that require you to fold the display vertically, the way we close books.
Having witnessed the release of other foldable smartphones and seeing how difficult it has been for them to properly close the gap that is created when the smartphone is shut, it is logical that Motorola improves on here.
Despite the fact that gap remains, it is very clear that Motorola made efforts in reducing this gap. Compare the gap on the Razr to other foldable smartphones, it is easy to find that there is a reduction in that space that creates a passageway for dirt.
As for durability, there isn’t much to say here, its nothing to be wowed about. Although the Motorola Razr 2019 may not be as fragile as its peers, there is still a need to accommodate a lot of caution.
Having a dual display means there is a screen when closed and more screen when opened. This means you have dual screens protect. The inner display is held in place by a stainless frame.
Speaking on dual display. When folded or closed, there is an easy to reach 2.7-inch display on the outside, which lets you tell the time, read and reply notifications. Beneath this display is a camera that serves as both the front and rear camera.
The 2.7-inch external display is a G-OLED display with a screen resolution of 600 x 800 pixels.
Unfolding the Motorola Razr 2019, you are presented with a 6.2-inch plastic OLED display, with a screen resolution of 876 x 2142 pixels, which adds up to a screen density of 373 ppi.
The inside of the smartphone is not just screen all the way. On top of the inner display, we have some array of sensors, an earpiece, and a dedicated selfie camera and beneath the display is a module that houses the fingerprint sensor, 4G radio and some other sensors. This module can be accessed whether the mobile phone is closed or opened.
Motorola has decided to cut down on the color options available for the Motorola Razr 2019. Unlike the 2004 model which had a wide variety of colors, the Motorola Razr 2019 comes in only one color and that color is Noir Black.
For starters, the Motorola Razr 2019 wasn’t designed to take on the smartphone camera leads. The specs sheet says it all. Motorola didn’t plan to make it a go to smartphone for top-notch smartphone photography.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Motorola Razr 2019 has a camera on the inside and a camera on the outside. Unlike the Galaxy Fold, you can use the Rear camera for selfies also. Due to the quality of the outer display, you will only view the photo in all its glory from in the inner display.
The Outer camera, is a 16 megapixels camera, with an aperture of f/1.7. This camera is aided by a Dual-LED dual-tone flash. This camera lets you shoot 4k videos at 30fps, 1080p videos at 30fps.
What about night mode, macro mode or crazy telephoto zoom? Motorola didn’t include those goodies here. Again the Motorola Razr 2019 isn’t a goto smartphone for top-notch mobile photography.
The Inner selfie camera is a 5 megapixels camera with an aperture of f/2.0. This camera is capable of shooting 1080p videos with frame rates maxed at 30 FPS.
Hardware and Software
Being a smartphone that falls in more than a thousand dollar category, it’s logical you would be expecting beastly specs, the craziest of the craziest hardware. Turns out Motorola let us down in this department. The Motorola Razr 2019 doesn’t meet up to expectations.
A lot of questions arise when you Compare the Motorola Razr 2019 to other flagships and foldable smartphones that cost this much. Why does the Motorola Razr 2019 cost this much and yet feature mid-range specs? Is it a function of the tiny chassis it features?
For starters, the Motorola Razr 2019 features an upper mid-range processor. It houses an Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor with processing speeds of 2.2 GHz and 1.7 GHz. This processor is a 10nm processor.
The Motorola Razr 2019 also features 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage, with no room for Micro-SD expansion, because it doesn’t feature a Micro-SD slot. In my opinion, a smartphone that falls in this price, the category should have at least 512GB of internal storage since it doesn’t have a Micro-SD slot.
The battery on the Motorola Razr 2019 is another letdown. A smartphone that houses this kind of specs should feature a battery that is capable of handling the power consumption parts.
The smartphone features a 2500 mAh battery. In actual sense, there isn’t any form of software optimization that is capable of matching power-hungry specs with this kind of minuscule battery capacity.
Why did Motorola feature a 2500 mAh battery in the Razr 2019? Reports claim that the thinness of this smartphone played a very big role in the size of the battery. Having a smartphone as thin as the Motorola Razr 2019 means there won’t be space for a bigger battery.
The Motorola Razr 2019 USB Type C (USB 3.0) port, a Dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 and NFC. Please note that it doesn’t feature a headphone jack. Something that may be attributed to its form factor.
Still speaking on drawbacks and let downs, despite its price, it doesn’t feature 5G connectivity. Internet connectivity on the Motorola Razr 2019 is capped at 4G LTE.
Motorola Razr 2019 Price and Availability
Motorola Razr 2019 Price is expected to starts at around $1500. Price in Nigeria should be around 575,00 Naira.
The Motorola Razr 2019 was announced in November 2019 and is expected to go on sale in December 2019.
Motorola Razr 2019 Specs
Here are a few specs of the Motorola Razr 2019:
- Platform: Android 9 (Pie)
- Processor: 2.2 GHz dual-core Kyro360 Gold & 1.7 GHz hexa-core Kryo 360 Silver (Qualcomm SDM710 Snapdragon 710 (10 nm))
- GPU: Adreno 616
- Memory: 6GB RAM
- Colours: Noir Black
- Dimension: Unfolded (172 x 72 x 6.9 mm) Folded (94 x 72 x 14 mm)
- Weight: 205 g
- SIM Type: eSIM
- SIM Count: –
- Display: 6.2-inch P-OLED Display, 876 x 2142 pixels, HDR10 + Second external (G-OLED display, 600 x 800 pixels, 2.7 inches)
- Screen Protection: –
- Foldable Display: Yes
- Rear Camera: 16MP + ToF 3D Dual Camera, f/1.7
- Rear Camera Features: Dual Pixel PDAF, HDR, Dual-LED Flash, Panorama, [email protected], [email protected]
- Front Camera: 5MP Camera f/2.0
- Built-in Storage: 128GB
- Memory Card Support: No
- Bundled Cloud Storage: –
- 2G GSM: Yes
- 2G CDMA 1X: –
- 3G WCDMA: Yes
- 3G CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
Internet & Connectivity
- GPRS: Yes
- EDGE: Yes
- 3G/WCDMA/HSPA: Yes
- HSPA+: –
- CDMA EVDO: –
- 4G LTE: Yes
- 5G: No
- WLAN: Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct
- Wi-Fi Hotspot: Yes
- Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.0
- NFC: Bluetooth 5.0
- Infrared Blaster: –
- USB Port: Yes, USB Type C (USB 3.0)
- SMS/MMS: Yes
- Instant Messaging: Yes
- Push Emails: –
- Email Protocol: –
- Music Player: Yes
- Video Player: Yes
- FM Radio: –
- Loudspeaker: –
- 3.5mm Jack: Yes
- Navigation: Yes
- Maps: Yes
Sensors & Control
- Digital Compass: Yes
- Accelerometer: Yes
- Proximity Sensor: Yes
- Light Sensor: –
- Barometer: –
- SpO2: –
- Pedometer: –
- Heart Rate Monitor: –
- Gyroscope: Yes
- Fingerprint Scanner: Yes (Capacitive)
- Iris Scanner: –
- Face Unlock: Yes
- Stylus Pen: No
- Intelligent Digital Assistant: Yes
- Motion Sensing / Gesture Control: –
- Voice Control: Yes
- Video Streaming: Yes
- Active Noise Cancellation: –
- Wireless Charging: –
- Built-in Mobile Payment: –
- Water Resistant: –
- Dust Resistant: –
- Image Editor: Yes
- Video Editor: Yes
- Document Viewer: Yes
- Document Editor: Yes
- Battery: 2500 mAh Li-Po Non-Removable Battery
- Talktime: –
- Standby Time: –
- Fast Charging: Yes, 15W Fast Charging