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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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Grand Theft Auto VI gets its first-ever trailer

Coming in 2025

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Sometimes, Christmas comes early. Despite scheduling its release for December 5, Rockstar Games has uploaded the first trailer for Grand Theft Auto VI more than 12 hours earlier than expected.

Available now through its official platforms, the first trailer reveals our first official look at the next major entry in the legendary Grand Theft Auto franchise. As expected, the sixth title will be set in the sunny shores of Vice City, a locale that hasn’t seen a revival in major platforms yet. Whereas the fifth game’s setting was a version of California, Vice City will take on modern-day Florida and all its various hijinks.

As was spoiled through major leaks in the past, Grand Theft Auto VI will feature two main protagonists, Lucia (the franchise’s first female lead) and Jason. The trailer focuses mostly on Lucia who ends up in prison at the start of the trailer. Based on the depictions in the trailer, the game will focus on the duo’s chase for the better life (through illegal ways, of course) in Vice City.

Besides the duo, Vice City will have sunny beaches, swamps, bike gang, mud clubs, hot cars, and crazy animals. It’s a departure from the Miami-Vice-like depiction in the original Grand Theft Auto: Vice City. Instead, it will represent the city in a more contemporary fashion. Social media seems to be a prime focus, too; various fictional video platforms are in the spotlight in the trailer.

And now for the meaty part. The trailer ends with a release window (finally): 2025. Grand Theft Auto VI will arrive, at least, on the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X|S. A PC version is still unconfirmed, but it’s likely arriving on the platform, too.

SEE ALSO: Netflix is getting three classic Grand Theft Auto games next month

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Facebook, Instagram will lose cross-platform messaging this month

For an unknown reason

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Over the past few years, Meta started integrating its various platforms into one ecosystem. Right now, Facebook and Instagram users can chat with each other on their respective apps. Unfortunately for fans of the cross-communication between the two platforms, Meta is taking the feature away this month.

Through a new support page, Instagram has announced that chatting between the two platforms will no longer be available starting in mid-December. The exact date of the removal is currently unknown, though.

When the undisclosed date arrives, Instagram users cannot start new conversations with Facebook users anymore. Additionally, all existing chats between the two platforms will become read-only, meaning users can’t add new messages to the conversation anymore.

On the flipside, Facebook users will stop seeing the Activity Status of Instagram users from their platform. Cross-platform conversations will not appear on Messenger, either.

Though the support page is conclusive against the feature, Meta has not explicitly explained why Meta changed its current cross-platform plans. It’s still possible that the company will implement a better solution in the future. As it stands, the European Union’s GDPR regulations require large companies to main interoperability between different platforms. Meta is an undeniable example of such a large company.

SEE ALSO: Meta now offers ad-free subscription for Facebook, Instagram

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Strava is getting a much-requested chatting feature

Individual and group chats

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What is your fitness app of choice? Though there are a lot of options available now for enthusiasts, it’s undeniable that Strava is making one hell of an impact lately. If you’re a fan of the social fitness app, you’re getting a new feature to boost the social part of Strava.

Today, Strava is getting a substantial messaging feature for users. In the new update, users can start chats with other users in single or group conversations.

It’s a comprehensive feature, too. Chats will include likes and GIF reactions. Additionally, users can configure their options to accept messages only from mutuals or only after they messaged the other person first. Additionally, group chat creators can manage the participants included in the chat.

When compared to other fitness apps today, Strava is arguably leaning more towards the social aspect of the experience. The app allows users to run and hike together as a community. Now, despite how social the core of the app is, it never really allowed users to communicate directly with one another. Users had to rely on external messaging apps just to coordinate with one another.

As of late, Strava continues to pile on more features and integrations with other apps. Earlier this year, the app started allowing users to integrate with Spotify.

SEE ALSO: Spotify can now integrate with Strava

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