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Say Hello to the New Motorola Razr 2019 – Motorola’s Answer to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X

The new fold-able Moto Razr 2019 |Source: Self

Who could have anticipated its return after all those years, yet here it is. The New Motorola Razr has made a fabulous comeback as an Android smartphone that can be folded in half (akin to its iconic flip predecessor). The 2019 Razr may look pretty much like the ones still stamped on our minds, but it replaced the old T9 keypad and the small LCD with a 6.2-inch plastic foldable OLED panel. Its camera is a double duty one with 16 megapixels.

Instead of Android 10, it runs on Android 9 Pie. Upon its launch in January 2020, it is expected to cost USD$ 1500 (equivalent to GBP 1170 and AUD$ 2200).

Why is the new Razr fundamentally different from the other foldable phones present at the moment? It turned a typical sized smartphone into something that is compact and easy to carry around. When the Razr is folded in half, it softly snaps shut from top to bottom. One side lays snuggled on top of the other, without a visible gap between both halves of the screen.

Because of this, Motorola has solved the world’s biggest design puzzle which has left other foldable smartphones (including the Samsung Galaxy Fold) in a conundrum. Not only is the phone pocketable, it reeks of nostalgia yet is streamlined to weather the future.

What sets the new Motorola Razr apart from its predecessors and other phones?

The original Razr was one of the world’s bestselling phones which helped it earn an iconic status. Motorola updated it into a newer version which is wider, heavier, and replete with new features. The foldable Razr gives Motorola a unique opportunity to steal the show.

This phone comes at a time when foldable smartphones are teetering precariously on the edge between reality and fantasy. It was only last year when foldable phones were pegged as a revolution in the smartphone design, and made the dream of a large-screen device being portable a reality.

However, what went wrong were the issues with screens and massive delays in launch, especially from major players, including Samsung and Huawei. It is now Motorola’s turn to bask in the spotlight. If Motorola comes out successful, it will herald a new era for the fold-able phone industry.

The new Motorola Razr folded and unfolded | Image Credits: T3 & Yanko Design

What’s it like using the new Motorola Razr?

In terms of the screen, it is a 6.2-inch P-OLED screen that is foldable. Motorola worked together with Lenovo’s laptop team on this design. The screen is like a thin film that curls in the shape of a teardrop when the screen is being folded.

The New Motorola Razr’s patented hinge design has an open cavity covering the looped part of the screen. Most plastic screens do not fold completely flat without a crease appearing in the middle. The thin layer of air gap is hardly conspicuous. When the screen curls like a teardrop, it creates a gap of 0.2mm between the hinge and the display.

The front screen might look tall but it is narrow with a ration of 21:9. It also has a resolution of 2142 x 876 pixels. Most of the apps are located on the bottom side of the screen along with the controls. This makes it easy for users to reach and use them with just their thumb. It also works better than other phones with one hand only.

The New Motorola Razr folded | Source: Self

On the outside, users can see an 2.7-inch OLED external screen. It is a quick view display that shows essentials such as time, notifications, alerts, signals and battery life. Users cannot type on it but can respond through recorded messages or their voices. In fact, users can use it to check what they look like in selfies.

Google Pay and Google Assistant can be used on the quick view display, as well as for controlling music. The useful yet addictive Motorola gestures are present too. Move the phone in a twister pattern to turn on the camera and shake it sideways to turn on the flashlight.

You can hardly feel the hinge tension, when opening and closing the phone because the movement is smooth and gradual. The hinge’s gears are visible, and magnets hold their sides together. This mechanism prevents the creases from forming on the screen.

People have been asking about the presence of a thick plastic chin on the bottom of the New Motorola Razr. Such is because it reminds us all of its original design so hence it gets a good score for nostalgia. It also houses the optical fingerprint reader, the antennas, vibrating motor, GPS & Wi-Fi units. Most importantly, it is like a handle for users to hold on to when they are watching a video.

To make a call, the phone has to be opened but when on a call, the phone can be closed and the conversation can continue as long as you are using the speakerphone, connected via Bluetooth or are on a video call. However, it closes out most apps with the music player being an exception (the quick view screen helps control music tracks).

The 21:9 screen is termed by Motorola as its Cinemavision display. Small black bars will be bordering the sides when videos are being watched.

Beneath the exterior display is a 16-megapixel camera that is used to take photos and selfies. The five-megapixel camera that is visible when the Razr is unfolded is used mainly for video calls. However, telephoto and wide-angle lens won’t be available. But a software aided portrait and night vision mode are available.

The new Motorola Razr completely opened | Source: Self

The phone is available in 4G and not in 5G. It does have quite a decent amount of memory but has no SD card slot. The phone also lacks a SIM slot so there are pretty much quite some tradeoffs for those looking to buy the new Motorola Razr.

Specifications of the New Motorola Razr

Specifications of the phone are as under:

  • Snapdragon 710 processor.
  • 6GB RAM.
  • 128 GB of internal storage.
  • Snapdragon 710 processor.
  • 2.7-inch Quick View display (800×600).
  • 6.2-inch foldable pOLED display (2142×876).
  • 16 megapixels front-facing camera focal point 1.7 with night vision mode).
  • 5 megapixels internal camera.
  • USB-C port present.
  • eSIM.
  • Fingerprint reader.
  • Android 9 pie.

What do users get in the box?

When prospective buyers think of buying and unboxing the Motorola Razr, their experience is most likely to be memorable. Motorola has created a unique and eye-catching box with sharp corners which will have a tinted, transparent top with a speaker grill.

This way, users can play music from their Razr phones through the box when they slot the phone in the box in an upright position.

The phone comes with:

  • Wired USB-C earbuds.
  • An accessory case for sunglasses.
  • 15-watt TurboPower charger.
  • USB-C cable.
  • Headset adaptor.

Conclusion

While the phone comes equipped with some pretty good features but with a hefty price tag of USD$ 1500, we wonder if its worth the buck. It runs on Android 9 instead of 10 (for which Motorola promised timely updates) and the battery power is 2,500 mAh, which is 10 percent less than what Google’s Pixel 4 currently offers.

With the phone being launched in collaboration with its exclusive telecom partner Verizon, users may need to go to competitors with the compatible ECM format if they wish to switch their carriers. Other than that, the processor will be 2 years old at the time of the launch.

Still, the new Motorola Razr is primed to be a hit among customers when it goes into official launch. For its price tag, this phone is truly going to be unique among the many present in the ever competent smartphone market. It is truly a comeback sign from Motorola and its answer to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.

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Nvidia 3000 Series is About to Drop the RTX3080/RTX3080ti Next Year

The world is massively competitive and individual gamers from all around the world are overly excited. Tech GPU giants are always grossly interlocked with each other in a constant battle of superseding one GPU tech over the other.

In the blue corner, we have AMD who is massively focused on delivering high-performance gaming experience to its individuals; whereas, in the red corner, we have Nvidia who is interested in delivering performance just as much as they are interested in offering durability.

With the recent launch of the 5700XT series in the market, AMD has successfully paralleled its GPU technology meeting the robust requirements of modern-day games running on the RTX technology. 

But can Nvidia produce something far better than its existing Geforce Experience 2000 series? Rumor has it, that Nvidia has set itself on track towards releasing the first-ever Geforce 3000 series next year. 

Dates aren’t confirmed, yet the news has already started circulating the market. 

Rumors from Wccftech reveals that Nvidia is now discussing the all-new Ampere, the next-gen GeForce RTX 3000 series cards. Although, there aren’t any complete details about the Nvidia GeForce 3000 series which I believe will only be discussed when Nvidia officially announces the release. 

What’s Going to be Special About the New GeForce Nvidia Experience 3000 Series? 

First things first, 

People are terming the new card as the new Nvidia GeForce Ampere. The card has earned its name because of the 7nm EUV process node which it is about to introduce for the first time in 3000 series. 

Similar to its prior 2000 series, the 3000 series is going to feature three versions of the card. 

  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 – 12GB 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 – 12GB 
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti – 16GB

Obviously, as the stats suggest, these cards will be functioning on a higher, more powerful VRAM. 

Rumors also claim that the overall price of the card will be significantly cheaper than its previous models. However, in my opinion, price is something where Nvidia has never compromised so I don’t believe that’s ever going to happen. Though they do offer durability and that’s what sets them apart. 

About the Performance

As far as the card’s performance is concerned, the new Nvidia GeForce RTX 3000 series will have some amazing performance upgrades in terms of ray tracing technology. One other great news that we’ve learned about the new GPU tech is that the 3000 series card will feature the 7nm process node. 

Such nodes will make the GPU card more power-efficient compared to its previous versions. 

Just so you know, the previous versions of the GPU were powered on a larger 12nm to 14nm nodes. 

What’s Interesting About a 7nm EUV Process Node? 

The best thing about using the 7nm EUV node in Nvidia is that it provides the Ampere GPU a much more stable architecture. Some claim that it can actually run cards under a voltage supply of as low as 1V making the Nvidia 3000 series one of the most power-efficient Geforce cards on the block. 

But, (oh yes, there’s a but)… 

The downside of a good power efficient card is that you can expect a degradation in overclocking. 

If somehow Nvidia does change its pursuit from being power efficient to performance efficiency, the card can have almost a 400-500 Mhz GPU clock improvement, especially on the custom builts. 

And there is no doubt, Nvidia always plays safe when it comes to Graphic card life and durability. If Nvidia does plan on surpassing the AMD future builds, it must compromise on power-efficiency. 

So that’s all folks, everything that we have learned about the new Nvidia 3000 series. Until next time. 

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That’s it, finally! Huawei Mate X is officially launched … in China

The Huawei Mate X is finally officially launched in China, long after its officialization. We still do not know the future of the foldable smartphone in the rest of the world.

Like the Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Huawei Mate X has experienced significant delays between its formalization and its date of commercialization. The collapsible smartphone of the Chinese brand was indeed still unavailable for sale on any market, but it is now history.

The presales of Huawei Mate X officially start today, Wednesday, October 23, 2019, in China, as reported by Reuters. If we omit the anecdotal Royole FlexPai, it is now the second foldable smartphone in the world to be available after, of course, the Galaxy Fold.

Recall that the Huawei Mate X was originally released in June, but had to undergo additional certifications before being ready for commercialization.

Wearable Tech Trends

Wearable Tech Trends 2019: Get a Detailed Insight on This

Wearable tech devices are getting very popular today due to the excellent features they provide to us. Whether it is the fitness smartwatch, smart ring or the wearables, all of them are in huge demand and the tech companies are improving the existing technology to make them better and feature-rich.

Today, we have brought you this post to make you aware of the Wearable Tech Trends 2019 in detail. So, let us move ahead and get a detailed overview of the trending wearable devices.

Smartwatches

Smartwatches are getting very popular and many people are getting these days as they are finding them a good alternative to the smartphone. If you are in a meeting and want to check the notifications without actually taking out the smartphone from your pocket then you can better connect a smartwatch via Bluetooth to your device and check out the notifications. As simple as that!

There are a number of good features that a smartwatch provides to you such as fitness tracking, blood pressure monitoring, pulse count and other health-related functionalities. You can receive a call, check out the messages and do a lot more things. 

If you are an athlete and preparing for your next competition, you can set the goal to run the distance you want to cover in a day. This will help you to improve your performance gradually. Similarly, if you are a swimmer, you can set the goal for that too. Thanks to the water-proof smartwatches for this!

Fitness freaks can set the goal for burning x amount of calories in a day. This will help to reduce the fat quickly and eventually reduce weight.

Nowadays, there is an inbuilt electrocardiogram in the smartwatches just to warn you if you are developing a heart complication. There are triggers set in the device which alerts your close family members and physician.

Some of the very popular smartwatch manufacturers are Fitbit, Huawei, Garmin, and Samsung. Improved battery life and SD card support are the new trends of these watches. There are several different models available in the market with different features. Don’t forget to check out the features of the smartwatch before you buy it.

In short, a smartwatch these days is not just meant for checking out the time but has a lot more to offer you. So, don’t wait, just get a smartwatch and be a part of the wearable trends.

Smart Rings

Another wearable trend in 2019 is the smart ring. This tiny device is getting a good response and many people are pre-ordering them. It is getting popular among Businessmen who attend meetings frequently and don’t want to take out their smartphone or don’t want to have a glaze at their smartwatch just to check the notifications. They can now check the notifications through these smart rings too.

Another cool usage of these smart rings will be done at the POS system when you pay the bills after shopping is done. You won’t need to take out your cards anymore, just do the payment via these rings and it’s done. Similarly, these rings can be used to access your car and other things.

Some of the rings that have got popular in 2019 are Blinq, NFC Opn, Mc Lear, Lycos Life and Oura. Most of the health-related activities that you can do with the smartwatch are also possible with the smart ring. You can keep track of the number of steps you cover, calories burnt and much more.

There is a panic button in the ring which you can activate when you find danger or have serious health issues which will ultimately contact your family members for an emergency. GPS enabled rings will let you track it even if you lose it so chill!

Fitness Trackers

Fitness trackers are widely used all over the world and the demand for them is increasing quickly as people are getting more and more health-conscious these days. Modern fitness trackers are improved to a great extent.

These trackers will keep track of your health even when you are sleeping. Whether it is the heart rate monitoring, pulse count monitoring, measuring the distance covered, or tracking the calories burnt, a fitness tracker is capable of doing all this stuff.

It will also send you missed call notifications and real-time texts when you are doing your exercise so that you don’t miss them. Polar OH1 and Suunto Spartan are the popular fitness trackers of 2019.

So, here was a detailed overview of the wearable tech trends 2019. We can say that this is just a beginning phase of wearable technologies and a lot more rapid transformation is yet to come. Till then, get a wearable tech device for yourself and make the most use of it.

 

Google Stadia aims to be “faster and more responsive” than PS5 and Xbox Scarlett

In an interview, Stadia’s vice president of engineering, Madj Bakar, stated the goal of Google Stadia: to be faster and more responsive than consoles in one to two years. For this, new anti-latency technologies will be used.

The situation is particularly complicated when Xbox Scarlett and PS5 come on the market, the latter being officially announced for the end of 2020. Interviewed by the renowned paper magazine Edge, picked up by PCGames N, Google Stadia’s vice president of technology Alex Wiltshire put forward a particular argument.

Google Stadia aims for a total absence of latency

In one or two years, the Xbox Scarlett and PS5 of this world will be available on the market. However, the engineer seems convinced that he can solve the important issue of latency, which is the most important point to convince on this type of service.

For this, Google relies on the power of its servers and its artificial intelligence, but also on the “Negative latency”. This barbarous term describes the idea that the server can act as a buffer between the player and his game, and predict its actions in order to counterbalance connection wanderings or quickly increase the refresh rate to fill the latency between the pressure and the game. display.

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Facebook Is Releasing a TV Streaming Device

Facebook is launching a smart TV Streaming Device allowing users to stream a number of shows. It is also loaded with AR (Augmented Reality).

Here are the following things that will be included in the Facebook new streaming portal;

Android Integration

Facebook’s Oculus Go and Oculus Quest which is Android-based will be supported with this device.

Camera and Microscopes

It will include a camera for Video chat and Microscope to have big sight of the room.

Attached Speaker

Speakers will allow users to have seamless audio quality while watching videos and video chat.

A More Focused Content

You might be able to stream Netflix and Disney services on it.

Augmented Reality x Smart-TV

You can use AR while watching your TV shows, doubling up your excitement while watching a TV show.

The price, release date and support will be released soon as Facebook announces more details on it.