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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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Nintendo Switch is now third-bestselling console in history

Overtakes Game Boy and PS4

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Though there are more powerful consoles now, the Nintendo Switch is the most representative of the world’s situation since its launch. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that the console keeps breaking records. Now, it has crossed its most important milestone to date. The Switch is now the third-bestselling console in history.

Released back in 2017, the Switch is the quintessential console for hybrid gamers who play at home and on the go. In its first few years, the console already spawned classic titles such as Breath of the Wild and Super Mario Odyssey. However, its big break truly came during the 2020 lockdowns. The timing of Animal Crossing: New Horizons’ release created a worldwide moment when everyone stuck at home wanted a Switch to play the island life simulator. Since then, the console, despite launching an improved OLED version, is gradually mellowing out, especially when opposed to even more powerful consoles like the PlayStation 5.

Regardless, the Switch’s effect on the world is palpable. Today, Nintendo announced that the console has sold over 122 million units worldwide. With such a figure, the Switch moves up to the third spot in the list of bestselling consoles of all time. It squeaks past the Game Boy (118 million units) and the PlayStation 4 (117 million units).

Now, the next consoles in the Switch’s sights are the Nintendo DS (154 million units) and the PlayStation 2 (155 million units). The console is in for quite a climb, though. Unless it hits another golden age, it will take a while before another overtake.

It’s still possible, of course. The Nintendo Switch is still set to release a few much-awaited titles like Tears of the Kingdom, the sequel to Breath of the Wild.

SEE ALSO: Cult classic GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox, Switch

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Galaxy S23 series has a secret feature for gamers

Might not be widely available

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Mobile gaming has a natural setback: battery life. Though mobile games easily entice users to spend hours and hours playing, a smartphone’s battery can just as easily cut a long gaming session short. One way to get past this limitation is to play while charging. However, another unintended drawback is the additional heat from charging the battery. Giving gamers a convenient reprieve, the Galaxy S23 has a secret feature to do away with battery heat.

First spotted by NL Tech (via 9to5Google), the new Galaxy S23 series can reportedly redirect power from the charger to bypass the battery entirely. Instead, the power will fuel the power directly. Though the feature (called “Pause USB Power Delivery” and found through the Game Booster menu) won’t necessarily improve performance for gaming, it will stop the battery from heating up, ensuring comfort for long sessions while in bed. Since the phone stops using power to charge the battery, the charger will use up less electricity.

Naturally, using the feature will halt charging entirely, so if you desperately need juice, it won’t do anything. Additionally, the feature will not turn on if your smartphone’s battery is below 20 percent.

Of note, Samsung has not officially announced such a feature. It is reportedly unavailable in some regions including the United States. It might be in its early stages, on a staggered rollout, or a regional exclusive. Still, it’s a useful feature for gamers who want more comfort for their gaming sessions.

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S23, S23+ and S23 Ultra Hands-On

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Google will blur NSFW photos soon

Turned on by default

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When I search for “food porn” in Google, I’m looking for enticing photos of food to whet my appetite for dinner. Sometimes, Google has other plans and shows me more than what I bargained for. Finally, the search engine is implementing a way to save us from those awkward moments. Google will soon blur explicit images from search results.

For Safer Internet Day, Google has announced the feature to help protect users from accidentally seeing graphic images — including both gore and pornography — from a search. The feature, which will start rolling out in the coming months, will turn on by default. Instead of showing the images directly, users will face the blurred version and a prompt to view the image despite the warning.

If you don’t mind an accidental shower of NSFW imagery, you can turn the feature off at any time. Alternatively, as always, users can also choose to filter out all explicit search results, blurred or otherwise.

Though the feature is easily adjustable, Google will not offer the same flexibility to supervised accounts. Any accounts supervised by a parent or a school will not be able to change how they view explicit content. Parents can add supervision to the accounts of their children.

SEE ALSO: Google is working on a ChatGPT competitor called Bard

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