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    Motorola’s fourth swing at a foldable Razr launches June 1 / ArsTechnica · Monday, 22 May - 17:20 · 1 minute

Motorola is still not giving up on the whole idea of a flexible-display Razr phone, and the company actually has a fourth generation of the device coming up. The launch date is already official, set for June 1 . The new Razr line comprises all new-school flip phones that are about the size of a normal smartphone when open, but when you're done with them, the whole device, including the screen, can fold in half, giving you a smaller square to fit into your pocket.

There are two models of the upcoming device, called either the "Razr 40 Ultra" or "Razr+, and a cheaper model that might end up being called the Razr 40. Legendary leaker Evan Blass has been all over the release of this phone, sharing press images and other details , while MySmartPrice has leaks of the cheaper model. We don't necessarily know every tiny difference between the two models, but the big difference will be the cover display.

These foldable devices are closed a lot of the time, so an outer display is very useful for the 100-plus times a day you check your phone—it's nice to just quickly look at it without needing to open up the phone. The Ultra model is going for about as big of a front display as possible, including wrapping around the two primary cameras that live in the bottom-right corner of the front of the phone. Working around all that dead space is going to make for some interesting software design decisions. The cheaper model, meanwhile, has a much smaller display, similar to the first-generation Galaxy Flip. It's a tiny little thing to the left of the camera array and can only show smartwatch-style widgets.

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    “Moto Rizr” rollable phone shows why rollables don’t work in the real world / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 1 March, 2023 - 20:37 · 1 minute

The Moto Rizr is unrolling.

Enlarge / The Moto Rizr is unrolling. (credit: Motorola)

Mobile World Congress is this week, and that means wild flexible display concepts that will probably never see the light of day. Motorola has been letting everyone try out the new "Moto Rizr" concept, a name it resurrected from its line of candybar slider phones in the early 2000s. The new Rizr is a rollable display phone that was initially announced in October, but Motorola is sharing a lot more details about the phone at MWC.

Motorola's concept phone is a stumpy-looking 5-inch device with a flexible POLED display that covers the front of the phone, then rolls around the bottom edge and continues almost halfway up the back. Press a button and motorized internal components push the top of the phone upward, dragging the screen up with it. At the end of the process, all that "extra" display that was on the back of the phone has rolled around the bottom edge and is now on the front, and you have a 6.5-inch display that looks like a normal smartphone.

The sliding component of the phone is a wafer-thin rectangle that houses only the display and looks very fragile. Besides sliding up to support the larger display, this rectangle can also slide down a few millimeters from the closed position, revealing the phone body it normally covers. This small area that is typically behind the display houses what would normally be the top bezel components, like a front-facing camera and earpiece speaker. In the closed position, the display wraps around the phone to the back, and this bit of back display doesn't go to waste: It can show the top status bar on the back of the phone or can kick into a viewfinder mode, allowing you to use the primary cameras like a selfie camera.

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    Motorola shovels the 2021 Moto G lineup onto the market / ArsTechnica · Friday, 8 January, 2021 - 23:12 · 1 minute

Motorola has announced most of its 2021 lineup all at once, so we have a big pile of phones to sift through. Meet the Moto G Play (2021), Moto G Power (2021), Moto G Stylus (2021), and Motorola One 5G Ace. These names all really roll off the tongue.

There's no way we're making sense of this without a big table, so here we go:

Moto G Play (2021) Moto G Power (2021) Moto G Stylus (2021) Motorola One 5G Ace
STARTING PRICE $169.99 $199.99 / $249.99 $299.99 $399.99
SCREEN 6.5-inch 1600×720p LCD 6.6-inch 1600×720p LCD 6.8-inch 2400×1080 LCD 6.7-inch 2400×1080 LCD
CPU Snapdragon 460
(Four 1.8GHz Cortex A73 cores,
four A53 cores, 11nm)
Snapdragon 662
(Four 2GHz, Cortex A73 cores,
four A53 cores, 11nm)
Snapdragon 678
(two 2.2GHz Cortex A76 cores,
six A53 cores, 11nm)
Snapdragon 750G 5G
(two Cortex 2.2GHz A77 cores,
six A55 cores, 8nm)
RAM 3GB 3GB or 4GB 4GB 6GB
STORAGE 32GB 32GB or 64GB 128GB 128GB
2MP Depth
5MP Front
48MP Main
2MP Depth
2MP Macro
8MP Front
48MP Main
8MP Wide Angle
2MP Macro2MP Depth
16MP Front
48MP Main
8MP Wide Angle
2MP Macro
16MP Front
PORTS USB-C, headphone jack
BATTERY 5000mAh 5000mAh 4000mAh 4000mAh
NFC No No No Yes

If we compare this to last year's lineup that was announced around this time, the cheapest phone used to be the $150 Moto E (2020) and now it's the Moto G Play (2021) at $170.  That extra $20 includes a big battery upgrade from 3550mAh to 5000mAh, an extra GB of RAM, and an upgrade from Micro-USB to the modern world of USB-C. Everything has a big 5000mAh battery other than the Moto G Stylus, which has to carve out some space for storage of the eponymous stylus.

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