Bottom line: The Motorola RAZR is one of the best looking smartphones on the market. It excites like no other phone. However, look beyond the surface and you'll realize the compromises include average battery life, a creaking display and a lower than average camera. Ultimately, the compromises are too many for far too much money.
- Outstanding design
- Packs the WOW factor
- Great packaging
- Clean software experience
- Front Peek Display is useful
- Poor battery life
- Camera is disappointing
- No wireless charging
- Extremely expensive
- Concerns about display longevity
This is the hardest review I've ever written. We're at the beginning of the foldable era, and we've already seen one foldable go through some questionable times, although Samsung was able to rectify the issues with the Galaxy Fold.
When Motorola revealed the 2020 RAZR back in November, the world — along with I — stood up and took notice. Motorola was back, challenging at the top of the industry and bringing back the legends in a big way.
It's hard to emphasise just how much interest there has been in the RAZR; Motorola itself pushed back the launch as they couldn't make enough to meet the demand, and even now shipping dates are several weeks out. The first question everyone asks when they see my Galaxy Fold is whether it's the new RAZR.
The Motorola RAZR is probably the most anticipated Motorola phone in a long time. It's a shame then that the compromises are large, the price is too high and ultimately, it's fell short of my expectations.
Motorola RAZR packs the wow factor
There's no other way to put it: the Motorola RAZR is the best designed phone on the market right now. To make a phone that is super thin when unfolded and keep the essence of the original RAZR is no mean feat.
When I've been using the RAZR out in public, more than one person has stopped me to ask about it. It garners attention easily, and goes some ways to explain why it's captured the imagination of people around the world.
Since I first laid eyes on the RAZR, I've loved it. It's so small when folded, it's almost like having a modern pager. Except, instead of a small non-interactive screen, you have the Peek Display which lets you sort through notifications at a glance. The buttons on the right hand side are small — making them hard to press — which adds to the feeling of a tool for filtering information, rather than actively communicating.
When you do want to dive into a notification, you simply flip it open. If there's a call coming in, this can automatically answer the call, and like the original RAZR, you can also flip it shut to end a call. There's a particularly satisfying feeling when you do this after a spam call, although the deep integration of Google features and number lookups mean it often identifies them as spam before you answer the call.
If your notification is more of the traditional kind, the actions you can take are in line with those you'd find on a smartwatch. Depending on the app, you can use quickly triage by archiving and marking as read, or reply using canned responses or your voice. Unfortunately, this only works in some apps, and unlike the Galaxy Fold, if you're reading a notification and open the display, it won't take you straight to that app.
The majority of the technology in the RAZR is packed into the base, i.e. the bottom part of the phone that you hold in your hand. This means the RAZR is very bottom heavy and runs a lot warmer than the top half, which stays mostly cool even during intensive gaming. The bottom part can get really warm, but not hot enough for it to be a concern.
The back of the RAZR is quite slippery, and while the phone is the perfect width, it's a little too tall when unfolded. I've got large hands, and even I struggle with the gymnastics required to reach the top of the screen when using it one-handed. You'll definitely want a case; on more than one occasion, I've almost dropped it and it's only a matter of time until I do drop it.
The Motorola RAZR display is both good and bad
Should you drop it, I have my doubts that the display would be able to survive more than a light impact. Out of the box, the hinge — which is rumored to be made from plastic — made a light creaking sound just as you started folding the screen. After six days of use, the phone now makes an audible creaking sound as you're opening or closing the screen and a recent test revealed it may stop folding properly after just 28,000 folds. If that single test is indicative, that means the hinge and folding experience will last between nine and twelve months, and even though the screen worked fine after that test, this is a concerning possibility.
While they feature different designs, my Galaxy Fold barely makes a sound after two months of using it as my main phone. The Galaxy Fold set an expectation for me around the display in terms of durability and usability, and the Motorola RAZR falls short of that mark.
A bunch of people are receiving their #MotorolaRAZR tomorrow. I've been using it for five days - here's how the display is holding up in terms of creaking.
What do you think? Is this acceptable from a $1500 phone.after five days?
Tweet quoted is the display after one day. https://t.co/D9Tv7DHyF3 pic.twitter.com/6oQFhaRchEA bunch of people are receiving their #MotorolaRAZR tomorrow. I've been using it for five days - here's how the display is holding up in terms of creaking.
What do you think? Is this acceptable from a $1500 phone.after five days?
Tweet quoted is the display after one day. https://t.co/D9Tv7DHyF3 pic.twitter.com/6oQFhaRchE— Nirave 尼拉夫 (@nirave) February 6, 2020February 6, 2020
Motorola recently said bumps and lumps in the screen are normal, and while they're not really visible, you can definitely feel them when running your finger over the display. Especially in gaming, it's somewhat similar to the difference you feel when you have a small bubble in a screen protector. It hasn't impacted the experience of using the display yet, but after just a few days, it gives me huge cause for concern.
Beyond the flexible nature, the rest of the screen is similar to that of previous Motorola smartphones. It lacks the punchiness or peak brightness of a Samsung phone, and opts for a more neutral profile vs vividly displaying colors like other displays. Outdoor visibility is below-average, and while there were a few issues with ghosting at first, these seem to have been resolved.
Of course, if it's just for notifications, you likely won't need to use the main display thanks to the small grayscale Peek Display on the front. It's grown on me as a way of triaging notifications, and I like how it displays a lot of caller information — such as business name or whether it's a spam call — when an unknown number calls you.
Hmm gotta admit this Peek Display does seem useful #MotorolaRAZR pic.twitter.com/OpZKyM3oilHmm gotta admit this Peek Display does seem useful #MotorolaRAZR pic.twitter.com/OpZKyM3oil— Nirave 尼拉夫 (@nirave) February 2, 2020February 2, 2020
To view a notification, you simply press and hold the icon at the bottom of the Peek Display. From here you can take several actions, which depend on the app. Unfortunately, I've found that it's far too easy to accidentally swipe away a notification, especially when trying to scroll through the panes of icons on the front display.
As useful as the Peek Display is, I wish it could do more. The huge battery life difference between using the front and main display means more functionality in the Peek Display could lead to a better overall battery experience (more on that below).
The Motorola RAZR battery is a disappointment
The Motorola RAZR features two batteries, which Motorola claims make up a total capacity of 2510mAh. A recent teardown on YouTube revealed a slightly lower capacity at 2380mAh but regardless of which is accurate, there's no denying physics and a smaller battery capacity means less battery life.
One of my biggest concerns when buying the RAZR was the battery life. I need a phone to last me at least a full day of usage, including hours of usage as my navigation, communication and entertainment tool. Battery sizes above 3500mAh or even 4000mAh have become the norm for the devices I use, and I can usually eke out more than a day of usage including at least six hours of screen-on-time.
The Motorola RAZR fails to live up these expectations. During the course of the past week, I've found it lasts for an average of 12 to 14 hours on a single charge, especially when I'm relying on mobile data, which uses the eSIM in the phone on Verizon's network. This period of usage usually results in around 4 hours of screen-on-time. This battery life is on par with the Pixel 4, which is to say it's not very good.
Of course, it depends how you use the phone, and what your expectations are. When I prioritize scrolling notifications etc via the Peek Display — which generally remains on — I can get 7 hours of screen-on-time with a full day of usage. But if you primarily use the main display — which is likely given the limited functionality of the Peek Display — this drops considerably.
The RAZR does ship with an 18W TurboPower charger, meaning you can top up the battery pretty quickly. It takes around 90 minutes to charge the Motorola RAZR, which actually isn't that fast considering the smaller battery size but this charging speed is likely regulated to keep the phone from overheating during charging.
Ultimately, the Motorola RAZR battery size means it has a lower potential maximum battery life compared to other phones, regardless of how you use it. If you're willing to compromise and can access a charger throughout the day, it may be perfectly fine for you. However, for me, the battery isn't good enough that I would want to rely on the RAZR in an emergency.
The RAZR Camera just isn't good enough
I also wouldn't rely on the Motorola RAZR as a camera phone during a vacation or at any point. There's a single 16MP lens, meaning we're missing the telephoto and ultra-wide lenses that have become standard on smartphones.
Granted, it's a thin phone with unique design constraints, but even the regular lens fails to meet the mark. Considering the rumored Galaxy Z Flip has a dual camera, Motorola's steadfastness on sticking to the iconic RAZR design means they ultimately borrowed the original RAZR's poor camera.
The main camera features a 16MP sensor with f/1.7 aperture, 1.22µm pixel size and dual pixel phase detection autofocus. On paper, this sensor should be fairly capable of taking usable low-light photos, should have no problems focusing and should result images with enough detail. In practice, the camera does almost exactly the opposite.
Images are very soft, often lacking in detail and, especially in low-light, it's hit and miss whether the image will be usable. The camera reminds me of smartphone cameras about four years ago, and is a shining example of the mantra that just adding good hardware doesn't result in a good camera.
Motorola isn't known for its camera prowess, but the RAZR definitely disappoints. Beyond the clarity and detail issues, the low-light performance is particularly woeful. Regardless of whether you're using the main camera — including when folded over to face you for selfies — or the actual selfie camera, the Motorola RAZR struggles to focus.
If you're using the main camera folded over and want to take a selfie, the selfie light fires up and blinds whoever is in the photo. It then takes around 30 seconds to focus and take a photo, by which time you've inevitably moved. Similarly with the selfie camera, which lights up the whole screen in low-light conditions, proceeds to blind you over 30-60 seconds and still takes a bad photo. Considering how even a $500 phone usually has a good camera, there's no excuse for the Motorola RAZR camera being so poor.
The Motorola RAZR has mid-range specs
The tradeoffs are most apparent when you consider the specs of the Motorola RAZR, and how they compare to the rumoured Galaxy Z Flip, and the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The only one that's a direct competitor is Samsung's clamshell foldable, which we don't know all the details on but is expected to launch at around $1,400.
|Category||Motorola RAZR||Samsung Galaxy Z Flip (rumored)||Galaxy Fold|
|Operating System||Android 9||Android 9||Android 9|
|Display||6.2-inches Foldable P-OLED|
21:9 aspect ratio
876x2142 (373 ppi) resolution
Second external G-OLED display, 600x800, 2.7-inches
|6.7-inches Foldable Dynamic AMOLED|
22:9 aspect ratio
1080x2636 (425 ppi) resolution
External Cover Display Super AMOLED display, 116x300 pixels, Always-on display
|7.3-inches Foldable Dynamic AMOLED|
4.2:3 aspect ratio
1536x2152 (362 ppi) resolution
4.6-inch front Super AMOLED display, 720x1680 pixels, Full Android operating system
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Graphics||Adreno 616||Adreno 640||Adreno 640|
|Rear Camera 1||16MP, ƒ/1.7 aperture|
Dual Pixel PDAF
|12MP (wide), f/1.8 aperture|
Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
|12MP (wide), f/1.5-2.4 aperture|
Dual Pixel PDAF, OIS
|Rear Camera 2||None||12MP (ultrawide), ƒ/2.2 aperture||16MP (ultrawide), f/2.2|
|Rear Camera 3||None||None||12MP (telephoto), f/2.4 aperture|
OIS, 2x optical zoom
|Front Camera||5MP, ƒ/2.0 aperture||10MP, ƒ/2.4 aperture||10MP (front), ƒ/2.2 aperture|
Internal Dual Camera:
8MP, ƒ/1.9 aperture
10MP, f/2.2 aperture
15W TurboPower charging
25W fast charging
15W QuickCharge 2.0 fast charging
|Dimensions||Unfolded: 172 x 72 x 6.9 mm|
Folded: 94 x 72 x 14 mm
|Unfolded: 168 x 74 x 7.2 mm|
Folded: 87.4 x 74 x 17 mm
|Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm|
Folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 15.5 mm
|Weight||205g (7.23 oz)||183g (6.46 oz)||263g (9.28 oz)|
When you look at the Motorola RAZR in the context of other foldable devices, it's hard to comprehend the overall value proposition it offers. Yes, it features the nicest design on a phone in a long time, and Samsung's rumoured Z Flip looks chunky by comparison, but both of Samsung's foldables are far ahead in terms of the overall technology package they offer.
The RAZR is definitely slim when unfolded, but looking at the price tag, I would have liked Motorola to have added much more. If the RAZR was priced under $1,000, it would offer a much higher value, but a mid-range processor, average battery life and a poor camera are huge compromises for what is still, a $1,500 phone.
RAZR performance is fluid after a few tweaks
These mid-range specs don't have a huge effect on day to day usage, but there are enough niggles that it doesn't feel like a flagship experience.
For example, there are four different display size options which control the icon size and density of information on the screen. The Motorola RAZR ships with the second lowest of the four notches selected; keeping it at this setting or on the lowest (most dense) setting means the phone sometimes struggles when you've got a lot of apps running or in heavy gaming. Increase the display size to either of the top two settings, and it runs smoother, but this isn't the default option.
When using mobile data, you'll also find that data is slower than on other devices, and although not a scientific test, it seems to have a weaker radio than the iPhone 11 Pro. On more than one occasion, the RAZR has been noticeably slower at performing data tasks than the iPhone, despite both using a Verizon eSIM.
One of the most satisfying things about the RAZR is being able to flick open the phone to answer a call, and flick it close to end it. For the most part, call quality is more than acceptable on the RAZR, although the relatively quiet loudspeaker means you may miss a few calls.
For the most part, there's nothing noteworthy in the RAZR's performance. 6GB of RAM is fine for almost all tasks, the Snapdragon 710 delivers a fairly decent performance and the Adreno 616 can handle most games. It doesn't have the flagship specs of its rival foldables, but it mostly delivers in day-to-day usage.
Motorola's software is made for foldables
When it announced the RAZR, Motorola said it ran Android 9 Pie with a planned upgrade to Android 10. Then it announced it would ship with Android 10 out of the box. After all that, it still runs Android Pie. Motorola says it is planning a rapid update to Android 10 for the RAZR, but given the company's spotty update history, it might be a bit of a wait.
Beyond the actual platform, if you've used a Motorola phone in the past, you'll be comfortable using the Motorola RAZR, and if you used the original RAZR, Motorola has a special homage for you.
The RAZR comes equipped with an almost-stock Android experience, albeit the Verizon exclusivity in the US means it does have several Verizon apps preloaded. These include the Message+ app which is a duplicate of Google's own messaging app and constantly asks to be set as the default messaging app.
Like most Motorola phones, the RAZR uses the default Google apps for just about everything. Beyond the core experience, the majority of Motorola's additions and tweaks are housed in the Moto app. These include Moto Actions and the Moto Display features for the Peek Display.
The former brings the gestures we've become accustomed to from other Motorola phones, including a double twist to launch the camera, and a double chop to activate or deactivate the flashlight. Both of these actions feel completely natural on the RAZR, especially when the screen is folded oer and the main camera is facing you ready to take a selfie.
With the Galaxy Fold, I said it felt like ten years of Samsung's multitasking prowess had been leading to that form factor. With the RAZR, it feels like the Moto Actions were made for the RAZR and other foldable devices.
Of course, Motorola pays homage to the original RAZR by taking you back, quite literally. In the quick settings tile, you'll find the Retro RAZR feature, which does what it says — it makes the 2020 RAZR look and act like the original.
Once this feature is launched, the bottom half of the screen displays the iconic T9 keypad of the original RAZR, while the top half displays the on-screen UI. There's no way to cheat and touch the icons here, you still have to navigate with the keypad, use the shortcuts for messaging, settings, bluetooth etc and there's no way to customize any of the options.
Overall, this is more of an homage than a useful feature as, after using it briefly for the novelty factor, you'll forget it exists.
Verdict: I'm returning the Motorola RAZR
As you might have surmised, the Motorola RAZR fails to deliver the experience I'm looking for. This ultimately comes down to the price tag. I spent $2,000 on the Galaxy Fold and am not afraid to spend money on first-generation foldable devices, but the overall experience offered by the Motorola RAZR means I can't justify the $1,500 price tag.
Had Motorola delivered a camera that was only limited by its lack of hardware, or a battery that could handle everything I can throw at it, or even a display that didn't creak. If the RAZR was just a little bit better in some of these areas, it would be possible to justify keeping it. Instead, it falls short of offering the close shave I was looking for.
Which is a huge shame, as I love the form factor and design. It's by far one of the best looking phones on the market today. I really hope Motorola launches another RAZR later this year or next, with some of these concerns addressed. If they can deliver a RAZR 2 that offers the premium experience I'm looking for, then I'll be the first to buy it.
2.5 out of 5
Until then, the new Motorola RAZR leaves a lot on the table, and at a $1,500 price tag, it's hard to recommend that anyone buys this. Ultimately, that's why I'm returning mine to Motorola.
At a glance
The Motorola RAZR is one of the best looking smartphones on the market. It excites like no other phone. However, look beyond the surface and you'll realize the compromises include average battery life, a creaking display and a lower than average camera. Ultimately, the compromises are too many for far too much money.
Nirave Gondhia has been writing about the mobile industry for over a decade and began his career selling and fixing phones in the UK. He's used every flagship smartphone over the past five years and carries at least two phones at all times - currently, he's using the iPhone 11 Pro, [Samsung Galaxy Fold and Motorola RAZR. Say hi to him on Twitter at @nirave.
Being as you were among the first to bash it, with really childish battery and screen noise comments, this is not a surprise. I actually find the speakerphone to be loud, too loud. Motorola will gladly refund your money I feel. Which awesome piece of kit are you going to review next? Another regular old Android phone with three cameras?
Very well said. 👏👏👏
In what world is the loud speaker too loud. Also yes, I review a lot of phones which makes me better placed to say it's not very good. That said, I'm glad someone enjoys it. Also my next review has four cameras and it's a way better phone at a lower price.
Very well said. 👏👏👏
Can't wait for the review. "This new S20 has six cameras and still takes worse pictures than Pixel 4." "This new OnePlus has wireless charging and 5 cameras and still takes worse pictures than Pixel." "This new Huawei phone has 12 cameras but no Gmail app." The state of Android phones and smartphones in general is boring. Motorola does something incredibly innovative but seems you wanted the battery life of an iPhone 11 Pro, with a camera to match. Every smartphone is a compromise of sorts, no?
At 1500 dollars? That's a big ******* compromise. At that price, this thing better be shockingly great!
on point. :D
Too long of an article for too stupid of a phone. Not to mention too high priced. Foldable phones will soon die on the same altar that notches and hole punches will.
When it rings. And when I have speaker phone calls. And curious what happens when you take your next phone and fold it in half, will it make a creaky sound? Enjoy reviewing phones that don't differentiate at all for another year at least.
And I've owned many more phones than most normal people. So I have perspective when I say Motorola did a great job (camera excepting).
None of the issues discussed are a surprise at this point, but I appreciate you delving into other areas of this phone. Sadly, there's just not enough to justify its price tag, but Motorola can hopefully learn from this first effort.
Thanks! If there's anything else you'd like to know, let me know! I truly agree, I hope they learn from this and the next gen RAZR is great!
I liked the original Razer, bought three of them. Deal breaker for me is that I need a phone with an exceptional camera, 30 hour battery life, good water resistance, durability, and great performance. The new Razer has none of that...
You've pretty much summed up all my feelings. The things we value so much, are the very areas the RAZR fails.
RAZR was never not supposed to be neither of that even back then when you were buying the old school V3 over a decade ago. It was never the phone with the flagship features, it was a fashion phone much like Aura. You wanted flagship performance and features you probably went to Nokia or Sony Ericsson back then. And btw if battery can't go straight through 48h there is no difference if it lasts 24h or 32h cause with 30h battery that means you either charge it every night like or you charge it mid day next day which is huge nuance.
How's 53 hours of use, with 31% battery left? I do 2 full days often, but used 30 hours as an example because that's what I get when I hammer it with movies, games, and GPS. But even then, making it through a full day and finishing work on the second day, is better than being dead by supper. The battery constraints and water resistance I understand from an engineering perspective, but to have a meh camera and charge nearly twice as much as phones that can go toe to toe with the iPhone 11 cameras, and do all the other things too, seems a bit unreasonable.
I think we had all hoped that Motorola would have hit the nail on the head with the new RAZR and expectations were high, and for 1500 quid they should be.
Try again Motorola, and please try harder
This is a fashion phone first and foremost so of course spec warriors will be left disappointed.
'the Motorola RAZR is the best designed phone on the market right now' Er, no? It's ugly as sin, just like the original...
Both subjective statements... both wrong, imo...
Very subjective, as I present them. Just like the statements in the article. The author, however, presents his opinion as undisputable fact. I believe the statement was 'There is no other way of putting it...' I merely demonstrated his error. As for objectivity, it would be much easier to make my case than yours; the device has no clean lines, is awkwardly disproportionate, is obviously not ergonomical and is seemingly made from inferior materials.
Thanks for the review. I wanted to get one for my wife, since her Xperia is showing its age and struggles to last a full day. Camera quality and battery life are her top priorities, and it sounds like the Razr disappoints in both departments. I'll wait for the Samsung Flip.
You'll be waiting in vain then... This is the completely wrong form factor if camera and battery are the priorities.
The price is beyond ridiculous 15oo.oo plus tax, the hell you say. A 710processer, plastic display, a 2510mamp battery, what, huh. It appears it's nothing more than a niche phone? Sorry, this phone has failure all over it, would never consider!
This is about what I expected for the review of this phone.
I have yet to read a phone reviewer giving a good phone top marks. If it's not a iPhone or Samsung, then it's crap to them.
I have yet to see your post a positive comment.
I've never given anything top marks for one simple reason - there's never been a perfect phone. That said i can't remember rating a phone less than 7.5/10 or 3.5/5 and I've been reviewing phones for 10+ years. These days, It's really hard to make a phone that misses the basics. Which makes the RAZR even more perplexing. Because it's only worth 2.5/5 and it fails at the basics.
Reviewers fault or manufactures fault?
Hey people. Have you ever wondered the real reason why this specific phone has this price? Material and components are not what makes it this expensive. This price tag is trying to pay for the research prior to the final product. This first RAZR has the same role as the first Tesla Roadster. The rich are going to help make this tech affordable in the future. We are not only talking about the foldable screen, but the hinge and divided battery, etc. This is not for us yet. Maybe the third RAZR is going to be affordable enough. Just to be clear, the specs are above my current phone. I for one welcome the return of flip phones. They are still too expensive and buggy because we are seeing just the first batch of them. Let's wait and see. Don't hate on these phones. Understand they are still evolving. They need to hear feedback from real people, so whoever bought them, do give feedback.
My thoughts exactly. Hence the upcoming Galaxy Flip at a rumored 1400 price tag. How manu fold (First gen) where sold? A lot...
Hey I do totally agree. But if I compare the experience to other first-gen foldable devices, it's not worthy. I'm all for supporting first gen tech – that's why I bought the Fold, the RAZR and plan to buy the Z Flip. But even with the R&D research – which Lenovo was already working on for its own foldable PC so I don't use it as a justification for the high price tag – this is a very bad phone. At least the other foldables are usable and half-decent. The RAZR is just not very good and trust me, I wanted to love this thing.
Research? I'm an engineer and could have designed the hinge and screen support plate retraction mechanism in a couple days. The testing, research, and prototype costs for my first invention were far less than the cost of the patent and attorney fees I had to pay. The component packaging on the new Razr is cool, but so was the original, which cost $300. With the new Razr, you are paying for novelty, exclusivity, and because $1,500 is what they think they can get away with.
No you couldn't.
I probably could. My capacitive electron emitter was more complex than the Razr hinge, and I did that from scratch in four days when I was fifteen. My mother didn't like that I cut a hole in the bedroom wall and mounted it above my desk though, lol.
I took a look at the Razr internals, and it's exactly what I expected: Inboard hinge with outboard alignment gears covered by caps, and tabs to press down on the screen support plates to give the screen sufficient radius when closed. It's cool, but pretty standard stuff. The frame of the HTC U12 Plus is much more complicated, with eight frame segments, thirty five sensors, basic bioelectric detectors on almost all of the segments, and capacitive touch on the two main frame rails. It's pretty dope.
Motorola could make money on the Razer if it was $900, but it would take a while to earn back the R&D costs.
"There's no other way to put it: the Motorola RAZR is the best designed phone on the market right now"
You must have some really strange definition of "best designed".
I frigging love the design. Several of my female friends love the form factor and I can see so much value in it when done right.
Screams out that it should have been a $500 phone.
They'd be selling them at a loss at $500. In a generation or so there should be a decent convergence between the specs and the price.
"It's hard to emphasis just how much interest there has been in the RAZR" Really..? I know not a single person who wants or even knows this phone exists, not would they probably care.
Interesting concept and design, but for the asking price, it's waaaaay too expensive. The specs, the battery life (the battery on the DTEK 50 is comparable to what you get in the RAZR... which means it sucks) and even the hardware itself is sub-par. Of course then there is the folding screen itself...which I don't know, but if I paid that much money, for the device, even the idea of bending the screen would make me queasy...and always leave me with the impression that it could be damaged at any moment... The fact that it ships with Android 9 Pie, when is should have Android 10 Quaaludes out of the box is another head-scratcher. Honestly, I'm just not sold on the folding/foldable phones. Maybe it's just me, but I don't really see the use as of now. If you want a bigger screen, you can just buy a bigger phone aka phablet. Or you just buy a tablet... For now, the RAZR, Galaxy Fold and others, just seem little more than gimmicks. Perhaps there is a future for this technology, maybe if applied differently, or under a different circumstance (maybe enterprise/prosumer market rather than mass consumption). Now, the only device that caught my attention and I think may catch on, is the upcoming Microsoft Android phone. Of course we will have to get a closer look when it comes out later on this year.
This isn't priced to be a mass market product. It's a niche product, and niche products are necessarily more expensive. My sister is one of the people who ordered it. She's a doctor, and she had the original RAZR for 3 years back when she was lowly resident working 36-hour shifts and surviving on a modest stipend under the weight of student loan debt. Today her loan is paid off, as are her two houses and the Mercedes. She's been excited about this phone ever since someone told her about it, though she's never been big on gadgets. The price? Don't matter. Specs? Couldn't care less. But being able to flip her phone again like it was second nature back in the toughest times of her life? Priceless. Nostalgia is a powerful thing.
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