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The Motorola razr is now a foldable smartphone

The razr is back from the dead

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Engineers from Motorola and Lenovo have been coming up with ideas, plans, and 20 prototypes on how to utilize the flexible display technology since 2015. Just a little short of a year, Motorola’s foldable patent appeared in the rumor mill and a press render leaked just a week ago. Today, Motorola proudly announces the newest ‘razr’ (take note of the branding in lowercase).

It’s no surprise that other manufacturers are coming up with foldables that will rival the likes of Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. In a modern world full of slabs, the clamshell fad is getting stronger. Even the basic and nostalgic flip phone Nokia 2720 gained attention from consumers.

The harmony of flip design and foldable display

Motorola opted to use their old clamshell form factor as portability and practicality are still in mind when it comes to foldable phones. The design is carefully crafted with stainless steel and 3D Gorilla Glass technology. It’s also splash-proof and has water resistant nanocoating.

When folded, you can clearly see the 2.7-inch Quick View OLED display. It is interactive which lets you answer calls, switch songs, respond to custom notifications, use Google Assistant, all without ever opening the phone. There’s a single 16MP f/1.7 camera that also acts as a gesture-centric selfie camera and a mirror display. The fingerprint reader below (together with NFC) lets you pay with just a tap.

The magic starts when you open the phone as it reveals the 6.2-inch pOLED HD Flex Display with 21:9 aspect ratio. Although you rarely find ultra-wide flicks today, the aspect ratio is perfect in maximizing the overall screen real estate when using applications. App continuity is seamless when switching between the two displays. There’s also a smaller notch on top which houses the 5MP camera.

Motorola is confident enough with their zero-gap hinge which fully closes the phone without any slits. It’s also responsible for protecting the display from dust and debris and makes the device thinner than other competitors.

Android 9 Pie runs the device. Inside, you get a Snapdragon 710, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage, and as little as a 2,510 mAh battery. Unlike the original RAZR, the battery is non-removable. Still, the new razr supports 15W TurboPower charging. A SIM card slot is nowhere to be found. Instead, it runs on eSIM.

Pricing and availability

The new Motorola razr is only limited in a Noir Black colorway. You also get razr earbuds, accessories case, USB-C cable, TurboPower charger, and a headset adapter when you purchase the device.

The latest foldable will retail at US$ 1,499.99. It will be available exclusively on Verizon with pre-order starting on December 26, 2019 for $62.49 a month for 24 months on Verizon Device Payment. In-store availability starts in January 2020 at Verizon and select Walmart locations, as well as on motorola.com. In Canada, the new razr will be available in early 2020

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Apple Watch SE keeps overheating in South Korea

Malfunctioning screens and burn spots

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When you own a smartwatch, you often want timely notifications on your wrist. That said, expertly timed notifications are often just tiny vibrations or tiny beeps. However, a smartwatch burning your wrist is a bit much. Unfortunately, Apple Watch users are ending up with scorch marks on their arms. In South Korea, the Apple Watch SE keeps overheating and malfunctioning.

As documented in a Reddit post, there are already six individual cases of the Apple Watch SE overheating. In all cases, the smartwatch ended up with a yellow patch on the screen, likely where the overheating happened. In four cases, the watch overheated while the user was asleep. Luckily, Apple has not disputed these claims, offering the users either refunds or replacement products.

According to the post, the yellow spot is “above the display connectors” and “far from the battery.” At this point, there is no documented risk of the device blowing up, at least.

Affected devices are all from the Apple Watch SE 40mm series of devices. These include both GPS and cellular. They also include Silver, Space Gray, and Nike Edition variants.

Apple has not released any breakdown information on the Apple Watch SE about the incidents yet. Unofficial breakdowns have not revealed the problem as well.

The company launched the Apple Watch SE last month. The new series brings Apple’s wearable experience to a more budget-conscious market. That said, you might want to stay away from the affected devices above for now.

SEE ALSO: Apple Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger

Charges 4000mAh battery in 19 minutes

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There is a new charging war brewing. After a hotly contested race for wired charging supremacy, the rise of wireless charging has brought a new field to work on. Trying to jump ahead of the curve, Xiaomi announced an upcoming 80W wireless charger.

On their official YouTube page, Xiaomi posted a video testing the upcoming technology on the Mi 10 Pro. According to the video, the charging solution can fill the Mi 10 Pro’s 4000mAh battery up to 50 percent in just eight minutes. Further, the battery reaches 100 percent in 19 minutes.

Currently, the company sports only a 50W wireless charging solution. On its own, the solution can fill up the Mi 10 Ultra’s 4500mAh battery in 40 minutes. Relatively, Xiaomi’s upcoming solution is a drastic improvement.

In terms of competitors, OPPO has already announced their own 65W wireless charging solution. The wireless charging war is truly heating up. Wired charging, on the other hand, has already advanced to 125W charging. As expected, OPPO, vivo, and Xiaomi are leaders in the wired charging battle.

Of course, Xiaomi has not announced when the upcoming charging solution will eventually launch. The company and its competitors often announce their charging improvements as opening salvos before releasing compatible devices officially.

SEE ALSO: Xiaomi Philippines Smartphone Price List

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Fujifilm Introduces X-S10 mirrorless digital camera

Compact, lightweight, and high-end

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Fujifilm X-S10

The newest addition to Fujifilm’s X Series family of compact and lightweight digital cameras is the Fujifilm X-S10.

Being relatively small and light, Fujifilm hopes this camera will appeal to everyone. It has professional features for both photo and video, while also having the AUTO/SP (Scene Position) Mode. It automatically adjusts the camera settings without the need for tinkering from the user’s end.

Smaller IBIS for compact body

The camera’s in-body stabilization (IBIS) is around 30% smaller than the previous model. Despite this, it’s able to deliver up to 6.0-stop so five-axis image stabilization. The less shaky the footage, the better.

It’s the first midrange X Series camera with a motion sensor retention mechanism. It’s a mechanical shock absorber that guards against slight vibrations.

For more hand-held stability, the X-S10 has a large, ergonomic magnesium-alloy grip. This should make it easier to hold the camera even when a larger lens is mounted.

Film Simulations, updated AUTO functions

One of the X Series’ appeals is its ability to cater to both experience and beginner users. As mentioned earlier, the X-S10 will have the AUTO/SP Mode. This will have the camera automatically adjust the settings to suit the scene.

Whether you’re shooting landscapes or portraits, you’ll come away with a photo with your desired clarity, vividness, and tones no matter your skill level.

It also has Film Simulation modes. Fujifilm says this is to celebrate the history of photographic film. It mimics the look of most iconic analog films. There are 18 exclusive modes.

Capture with focus and speed

For quick and accurate autofocus, Fujifilm combines the X-S10’s high-speed AF woith the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor’s 2.16 million phase detection pixels. What you get is an AF as fast as 0.02 seconds.

It has high-precision Tracking AF for moving subjects along with Face/ Eye tracking.

For capturing high-movement activities, the X-S10 has blackout-free high-speed burst shooting of 8fps.

Flexible LCD monitor

Shooting from different angles is easier too with the vari-angle LCD monitor and viewfinder. It can rotate up to 180 degrees so it’s also ideal for getting yourself in the frame.

The viewfinder’s Live View function has three boost modes: Low Light Priority, Resolution Priority, and Frame Rate Priority.

Extensive video-recording

The X-S10 generates 4K video from the amount of data equivalent to 6K for a high resolution, low noise footage. It supports recording 4K/30p 4:2:0 u-bit video onto an SD inserted in the camera, and outputting 4K/30p 4:2:2 10-bit video via the HDMI port.

It can also record FullHD at 240p. That’s up to 10x slow-mo footage of a split-second motion of a fast-moving subject.

The X-S10 also has Digital Image Stabilization (DIS) mode to assist its IBIS. It’ll compensate for any camera shake when walking with it.

The dedicated recording button is on its top plate, letting users record while taking still images. Exposure and focus settings are automatically recorded in AUTO mode.

Pricing and availability

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Fujifilm X-S10 body only Black Mid-november 2020 PhP 55,990
Fujifilm X-S10 with Fujinon XF 19-55 F2.8-4 R LM OIS Black Mid-november 2020 PhP 78,990

 

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