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motorola finally unveils the all-new moto razr 2022

The world’s first 144Hz foldable smartphone

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Just a day after Samsung launched the Galaxy Z Flip4, motorola (or rather Lenovo) has already announced the new moto razr 2022 in China — which was supposed to be launched earlier last 2nd of August.

A cleaner, bolder look

For the past two iterations of the modern and foldable moto razr, they’ve stuck with the classic moto razr V3‘s aesthetic from almost two decades ago. In this year’s moto razr, that’s not the case anymore.

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Gone is that big chin from the moto razr and moto razr 5G. Instead, we’re getting a cleaner foldable just like any clamshell phone we’ve had for a while. motorola says this new look strikes balance in sophistication and elegance.

More durable hinge

With motorola’s precise and seamless craftsmanship, they’re able to create the third-generation of the moto razr.

Unlike other foldables with obvious hinge gaps, they started the “zero-gap hinge” design to make the screen flatter with less visible crease as possible. This year, they’re keeping the same technology with an improved inner arc radius of just 3.5mm plus six layers of protection.

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There are also 122 custom-built tiny parts to make the hinge more refined when opening and closing. The hinge is also made of 7000 Series aluminum and a customized super tough steel mesh for durability.

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For better feel and protection when folded, the front glass has Corning Gorilla Glass while the back cover is made up of AG Glass with a silky, velvet-like texture.

First 144Hz foldable

By removing that old chin, motorola has also ultimately bumped its inner display for maximized usability and screen real estate.

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The new screen is 6.7-inch Full HD+ pOLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate — making it the first foldable to do so. It also has HDR10+ and 1 Billion color support, as well as DC dimming and Double SGS certification for low blue-light emission.

As you can also see, the old notch was gone from the past two generations. It was then replaced by a punch-hole cutout just like how Samsung did it with the Galaxy Z Flip line.

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To make the entertainment experience fuller, the moto razr 2022 features stereo speakers that support Dolby Atmos, RichTap technology for better haptic feedback, and a three-mic array with motorola’s noise cancellation algorithm.

Improved cover display

The cover display size of the moto razr 2022 still measures at 2.7-inches with a gOLED panel.

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With the new hinge design, the moto razr 2022 can be used when half-folded. There’s standing mode where you can use and multitask two apps at the same time. There’s also the ambience mode that can serve as a mini bedside clock. Lastly, there’s tripod mode for taking gesture selfies or a timelapse.

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Other than new watch faces and additional app support, you can even use both displays simultaneously when shooting stills and footages. That’s a nice touch if you want your companion to see what you’re recording (or maybe get accidentally exposed if one is being silently recorded).

Small in size, but not in performance

Another big improvement in the newest moto razr is none other than the use of a flagship-grade processor, the Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1. For the record, the two moto razr predecessors were launched with midrange-grade Snapdragon chipsets.

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The moto razr 2022 is being offered in three configurations: an 8GB + either a 128GB or 256GB configuration or a lone 12GB + 512GB model. Battery is 200mAh shorter than its Samsung counterpart with a 3500mAh battery capacity. The moto razr 2022 also supports 33W fast charging out of the box.

Two is better than one

To make way for two cameras, Motorola (or Lenovo) has decided to push the camera modules at the far left part instead of the usual center positioning.

This gives us a 50MP f/1.88 wide (main) camera equipped with omnidirectional PDAF (Phase Detection Auto Focus) and OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) for those sharp and jerk-free video recordings. It also has a sensor size of 1/2.55-inches and a pixel size of 2.0μm.

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The other one is a 13MP ultra-wide camera with a 121-degree Field of View (FoV) and aperture of f/2.2. Also, the punch-hole cutout inside houses a 32MP f/2.45 selfie camera with a pixel size of 1.4μm.

Pricing and Availability

Starting this August 11, the moto razr 2022 is currently available for pre-orders in China with a base price of CNY 5,999. 256GB and 512GB options are priced CNY 6,499 and CNY 7,299 respectively.

This makes it the more affordable foldable than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 being sold at CNY 8,499 in China for a base 256GB variant.

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The official global prices of the same configuration is more expensive at US$ 1099.98 / S$ 1,498 / ₱62,990 (vs moto razr 2022’s US$ 962 / S$ 1324 / ₱53,572). But with taxes and shipping, Chinese smartphones will still come at a price if you buy them directly from the Mainland.

Pricing and availability in other regions have yet to follow. For now, we have to wait if motorola (or Lenovo) will launch the moto razr 2022 outside China.

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Google Pixel 7 series puts premium on photo, video

Pro version challenges other flagships

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We’ve seen what they look like and now they have officially been launched. The Google Pixel 7 series. featuring the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro, is ready to take on other flagships.

‘Most refined design’

Google says the Pixel 7 series has the “most refined design” of any Pixel phone to date. It has a smooth glass back with an aluminium frame. And of course, there’s the signature Camera Bar. The Pixel 7 Pro has a polished aluminium finish while the Pixel 7 is in matte. They are also made with recycled materials.

Both phones have an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance. And the displays are scratch resistant with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

Google Tensor G2, enhanced photo and video

Powering the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the Google Tensor G2 chip. It’s custom-built for Pixel and was made to take advantage of Google’s advanced machine learning and speech recognition.

Naturally, it also makes the phones run faster and smoother. It’s also responsible for the Pixel’s vaunted photography capabilities. But Google says it’s now extending to video too. It enables features like next-gen Super Res Zoom, twice faster Night Sight processing, Face Unblur, and Cinematic Blur.

The Pixel wants to remain king in low-light imaging. Its large main sensor lets more light in. Combined with computational photography, the Night Sight feature is promising to be better than ever. The Pixel 7 series can now also shoot 4K60fps videos.

Secure with more features

Equipped on both the Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro is the Titan M2 security chip. Together with the Tensor G2 chip, it helps the Pixel be built with multiple layers of security. You also get the usual Face and Fingerprint unlocks. It’s also designed for prolonged use as Google promises up to five years of security updates.

Additional features include At a Glance which immediately displays the right information at the right time. Google cites the baggage claim at the airport as an example. But there’s also other appointments and meetings listed on your calendar. There’s also Assistant Voice typing that lets you type with your voice. It now supports Spanish, French, and Italian.

The Pixel 7 series also has the Adaptive Battery Feature. It learns your usage patterns and optimizes the phone to make sure it lasts for about 24 hours. It also supports 30W charging, promising a 50% charge in about 30 minutes.

Price and availability

In the US, the Pixel 7 starts at only US$ 599. And it’s available in Snow, Obsidian, andLemongrass. Meanwhile, the Pixel 7 Pro starts at US$ 899. And it’s available in Snow, Obsidian, and Hazel.

In Singapore, the Pixel 7 series is now available for pre-order and will arrive on store shelves on October 13.

The Pixel 7 with 128GB storage retails for SG$ 999 and is available in Snow, Lemongrass, and Obsidian. Meanwhile, the 256GB version is priced at SG$ 1,129 and comes in Obsidian.

The Pixel 7 Pro 128GB is priced at SG$ 1,299 and comes in Snow, Hazel, and Obsidian. The 256GB version is available only in Obsidian and retails for SG$ 1,449.

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Twitter now allows mixing videos, photos, and GIFs in one tweet

A more creative way to post

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Throughout the years, we’ve seen how Twitter has evolved, from having a lengthier character limit to replacing squares with circles in its overall page and app layouts.

Now, the popular networking site has come up with a new update which will allow users to post videos, photos, and GIFs all in one tweet.

This change has been tested in the last few months with popular creator and brand accounts across the sports, music, and entertainment industries.

Here are some examples:


Starting today, all users on the platform may now be able to take advantage of the ability to mix different media in a single tweet.

There will still be a maximum of four media in one tweet, but the change definitely gives users more room for creativity in their posts to standout and be more engaging.

Judging from the examples above, the posts kind of mimic Instagram content; it might lessen the need for Twitter threads too.

SEE ALSO: Twitter’s edit button is for paying users only

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Instagram will start to put ads on a user’s profile

And on the Explore page

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Ads are everywhere. Several platforms are testing where and how much they can put without raising a lot of fuss from their users. On a few occasions, a platform can cross the line, prompting a wave of reprisals. Instagram, for example, backtracked on a controversial decision to pump out more recommended posts and ads after massive backlash. Despite the recency of the controversy, Instagram is back again with another ad-fueled decision: ads on user profiles.

This week, Meta announced that two more types of ads are coming to Instagram. The first type is a natural extension of what the platform already has. Instead of hiding video ads deep within the Explore section, these short videos will start popping up right on the section’s landing page. Since the section already has ads, it might not be as intrusive, especially when compared to the second type.

Besides a new spot in the Explore feed, Instagram is also adding ads to a user’s profile. Likely to a lot of users’ dismay, it is what it says on the tin. Offering some consolation, the platform won’t spoil a profile’s grid with an ad. Instead, when a user clicks on a post on the profile, the vertical feed, which usually shows a timeline of the profile’s content, will contain spots for ads.

Instagram has not officially confirmed which users will get the feature. However, the company is currently testing it for select creators. It also assures users that it will come only on public profiles, not private individuals.

SEE ALSO: You can snooze recommended posts on Instagram

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