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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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China won’t allow US to steal TikTok

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TikTok’s fate is in the hands of two dueling nations: China and the US. While TikTok is currently a Chinese company, the US government wants to either acquire the platform or kick it out of America entirely. This past weekend, Trump announced plans to ban the platform unless an acquisition deal is concluded by September 15. For its part, China has finally responded to the ongoing issue. According to state media, China won’t allow US to steal TikTok.

Reported by Reuters, the state-run China Daily made the comments against the American plan. “China will by no means accept the ‘theft’ of a Chinese technology company, and it has plenty of ways to respond if the administration carries out its planned smash and grab,” the report said.

Another state-run publication has likewise compared the acquisition plan to an “open robbery,” turning American into a “rogue country.”

Currently, Microsoft is discussing an acquisition of the popular video-sharing platform. By the end of Sunday, Trump seemingly stamped his approval on the plan, giving TikTok 45 days for a deal. On the other hand, TikTok is deliberating a separate move: transferring its headquarters to the UK, thereby upending Trump’s and Microsoft’s plans.

None of the involved parties have agreed to a conclusion so far. The next 40 or so days will prove critical for TikTok, the US, and China. In any case, China is finally getting in on the decision, just as it did for Huawei.

SEE ALSO: TikTok owner accuses Facebook of stealing and smearing

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Redmi 9 Prime launches with quad-cameras and Helio G80

Realme should be worried

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After a brief sabbatical, Xiaomi is back with its blitzkrieg strategy. The company has gradually announced the Redmi 9 series in India, covering every possible price segment. Going after the affordable segment, it has now launched the Redmi 9 Prime and it’ll go up against the Realme 5i and Narzo 10A.

At first glance, the design of the phone looks identical to the POCO X2. However, it has substantial changes including a water-drop notch, rounded edges, and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. The back has a gradient color with a ripple texture that adds to the premium feel.

On the front is a 6.5-inch Full HD+ display with Gorilla Glass 3 protection and TÜV Rheinland low blue light certification. Powering the phone is a MediaTek Helio G80 processor with 4GB RAM. Storage is expandable via a microSD card.

The rear sports a quad-camera setup consisting of a 13-megapixel primary sensor, an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens, a 5-megapixel macro sensor, and a 2-megapixel depth sensor. For selfies, an 8-megapixel camera is located on the front.

Backing these internals is a 5020mAh battery that supports 18W fast charging. Although, the in-box charger is rated for 10W only. In line with all other Redmi phones, it ships with MIUI 11 out-of-the-box and supports face unlock.

The Redmi 9 Prime has two configurations available. The 4GB+64GB option costs INR 9,999 and the 4GB+128GB variant costs INR 11,999. The phone shall be available from August 17 via Amazon, Mi.com, Mi Stores, and other offline partners. Color options include Space Blue, Mint Green, Matte Black, and Sunrise Flare.

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Grab suspends GrabCar as Manila tightens quarantine

Other Grab services remain operational

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Grab is suspending its GrabCar ride-hailing operations in Metro Manila again. This comes after the government announced stricter quarantine measures to curb COVID-19 cases.

GrabCar will stop all ride-hailing operations by August 4 at exactly 12 midnight. The cessation is only temporary as the government places the whole Metro Manila under a modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).  Under the MECQ, stricter transport measures will take effect. One of those measures include a halt to all public transportation and ride-hailing services.

Other Grab services will remain operational

Other services from Grab will remain operational throughout the whole MECQ period. Individuals can have their meals or groceries delivered from 6am to 12mn through the GrabFood and GrabMart service. For parcel and package deliveries, GrabExpress is ready to serve customers 24/7.

GrabPay will also remain, enabling safe and quick cashless transactions on supported establishment and services.

Support for driver partners

The company is already seeking ways to support its drivers as they suspend ride-hailing operations in the metro. They are now providing training to help them transition to the delivery fleet service. Other riders with the appropriate training will have the chance to ferry medical frontliners through the company’s partnership with select hospitals.

Riders under Grab’s loan program can rest easy with their deadlines as the company is already working on extending payment holiday with its payment partners.

The company also remains committed to its GrabProtect program. It will keep on providing free tests for riders, partners, and passengers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the whole community.

This is not the first time that Grab suspended operations in the country. Last March, the company suspended its operations as the whole Luzon went into enhanced community quarantine (ECQ). After the government lifted the ECQ last May, Grab resumed operations with extra precautions. Now, it is suspending operations once again as Metro Manila braces for another stricter quarantine measures.

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