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Moto Razr 5G first impressions: Performance is priority

We managed to get our hands on the new Moto Razr foldable smartphone that has two screens like the last time and is priced at 1,24,999. here's our quick impressions.

Moto Razr 5G
Moto Razr 5G (HT Tech)

Motorola last year made a grand comeback with its iconic phone Moto Razr but in a brand-new avatar. It was a foldable phone. The device not just tapped on to the customer’s nostalgia factor but at the same time gave a strong statement on how the 90’s phone can adopt the latest tech available in the market and do it better (with no crease like what we still see in other foldables). In 2020, with new Moto Razr 5G (or Moto Razr 2020) the firm has kept the flip design almost the same but has managed to make the specs even better and capable.

We managed to get our hands on the new Moto Razr foldable smartphone that has two screens like the last time and is priced at 1,24,999. So, here’s our quick impressions on its design, improvements in display and changes that we noticed right away during our limited usage.

Design-wise, as we mentioned above, Moto has decided to stick with the tried and tested Razr’s clamshell design. There’s hardly any change on the hinge this time. The only visible improvement we noticed was that the outer screen or the Quick View display is better this time with more viewing area for notifications, taking selfies and even replies to messages. You can perform different functions as well including playing media, get directions and access Google Assistant. It’s good to see that most work can be done without opening the phone all the time.

Moto Razr 5G
Moto Razr 5G (HT Tech)

Besides this, the camera on the outer side, below the 2.7-inch Quick View Display, has also been tinkered a bit and the LED flash not sits beside the lens instead of sitting below it. A minor change but the bump is a bit less this time. What’s also different is that the chin is smoother and is curvier, which slightly makes it more pocketable and easier to hold.

On the inside, the 6.2-inch OLED screen retains the ‘Cinematic View’ like before and most apps are optimised for the aspect ratio. But we would’ve appreciated if the chin below was reduced a bit this time around since the second-gen should ideally be a refinement and improvement. Also, the notch still exists.

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As for the Zero-Gap hinge, although Motorola says it is more robust than before, the tech behind it stays largely the same, which according to us, works well for now since you hardly get any crease on the screen.

Although it’s too early to talk about the performance of the device in terms of processor, camera and battery, one can assume a fairly decent result because of Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor, 8GB RAM, 48-megapixel quad pixel camera and 20-megapixel quad-pixel selfie camera. The 2,800mAh battery might seem a bit less for some users, we are yet to see how it holds up in real-life usage considering it has two OLED screens to take care of among other things.

Moto Razr 5G
Moto Razr 5G (HT Tech)

With Razr 5G, Moto seems more hell-bent in ramping up the performance of the device as the design and build pretty much stays the same. Nonetheless, the offering still remains for the Razr enthusiast and not for the masses. In case you want to go for a foldable screen device, the Galaxy Z Flip seems like a battery proposition for now. However, all of this can change once we get to spend more time with the new Razr.