These are not 2020’s best smartphones, but they sure are the most exciting and most talked about.

The Moto razr and Galaxy Z Flip capture everyone’s attention with something cool, innovative, and retro — and we love it when out sentimental bones are tickled.

More importantly, both smartphones are attempting to do the same thing — finding ways in which foldable displays can solve practical problems. They share so much in common, but which one is better?

Build & Durability

Can a phone with a foldable display survive the wear and tear of everyday use? The biggest difference between the Z Flip and the razr is the material used in their displays.

On the razr, like every other foldable phone we’ve seen thus far, it’s plastic. Meanwhile, the Flip is made of ultra-thin glass.

Which is more durable? Theoretically – glass should be more durable. It definitely feels sturdier.

Now while foldable displays are an impressive feat of engineering, the hinge mechanism is probably more impressive — not to mention more important.


Each company has a different approach. Motorola calls theirs a “zero-gap” hinge design, so when closed there’s hardly any space sandwiched between the folded display. When the phone is closed the display forms a teardrop shape inside the hinge.

Samsung, on the other hand, took what it learned from the Galaxy Fold and applied it to the Flip – the updated hinge uses a Dual Cam mechanism. Cams are rotating or sliding pieces in mechanical linkages.

This allows the Flip to not only fold and unfold but also stay put at a 90-degree angle. Inside there are bristles that brush away dust or lint that might get trapped inside.


Motorola intentionally designed the Moto Razr to look like the iconic Motorola Razr. Its shape, chin, and even the curves on its top are inspired by the original. Right now it only comes in black, but a gold model has been announced.

The Galaxy Z Flip comes in black, purple, and in some markets gold. Its shape resembles a Galaxy S20. So much so that when open – it looks just like it. Same rounded corners and a stainless steel frame albeit much narrower.


Neither of these two phones has specs that will rival the best 2020 has on offer. That said – the Galaxy Z Flip is still very powerful, with an updated version of last year’s top of the line processor from Qualcomm – Snapdragon 855+ and if you don’t know what that means.

Just know that it was the most powerful processor last year, chosen to run high-end gaming phones like the ASUS ROG Phone 2. The Razr only runs a midrange series processor from Qualcomm. It also has less RAM and less storage, and a smaller battery.


Samsung has a longstanding reputation of excellence in smartphone cameras and the flip is no different. It’s got two 12MP cameras — a wide-angle and an ultra-wide-angle lens. On the other hand, the Moto Razr only has one camera — a 16MP wide-angle camera.


Because it was announced later, Samsung wisely priced the Flip at US$ 1,380. That’s US$ 120 less than the Razr.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

Watch the whole comparison on our YouTube channel to determine if the Moto razr or the Galaxy Z Flip is your GadgetMatch.


Singapore will make Coronavirus tracking app technology freely available

One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind – Neil Armstrong



Singapore will soon open-source (open up) a smartphone technology that helps track citizens’ encounters with Coronavirus carriers. Called TraceTogether, it’s developed by the government to prevent community-spread of the fatal virus that has killed thousands worldwide.

The government is urging citizens to run so that if they encounter a Coronavirus carrier, it’s easier to trace who else may have been exposed to the virus. Why run? Because that plunges your chances of contracting the virus since the encounter will barely be a second. Not to forget, it’s an excellent way to exercise. This way, health authorities are in a better position to detect, treat, and quarantine affected patients.

To reserve a user’s privacy, Singapore’s app is opt-in and doesn’t track users through space, instead, it records who you have encountered. If you come across someone who was exposed, the app will exchange four essential bits of information — a timestamp, Bluetooth signal strength, the phone’s model, and a temporary identifier or device nickname.

On the other end, If a user has diagnosed positive, they enable the health authorities to access their app data to identify people who had close contact with the infected individual.

Addressing privacy concerns, the government has assured that the user’s data is never accessed and all their personal details remain safe. If you’re still paranoid, you can simply check the app settings to confirm whether the app has access to your files, contacts, and other essential hardware.

Now, Singapore is ready to share their app and its back-end technology with the whole world.

From Israel to South Korea to China, governments around the world are using technology to track the Coronavirus outbreak as they race to stem its spread. In China, government-installed CCTV cameras pointed towards the apartment door of those under a 14-day quarantine to ensure they don’t leave.

Germany hopes to launch a similar smartphone app within weeks to help trace Coronavirus infections. Even they’ve shown interest in replicating the Singaporean model. And now that the technology is freely available, it’ll be easier for countries to adopt and adapt than to start from zero.

The Indian government has also launched an app called Corona Kavach (literally meaning Corona Shield) to track individuals by their smartphone locations and curb the community spread of Coronavirus. It’s built on the same concept that Singapore’s government has worked on. But, it’s still in beta. With a population of 1.3 billion and one of the worst healthcare systems, the country is highly vulnerable to the virus. Again, the government promises data privacy.

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As general rules, the CDC or The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention listed these to help with preventing the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay home when sick
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Frequently wash hands with soap and water
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces

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OnePlus is also launching a midrange version of OnePlus 8

Called the OnePlus Z



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Because of the recent leaks, all eyes are on the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro. Given what we already know or suspect, the dynamic duo looks like a force to be reckoned with in the smartphone world. However, for all the hype the duo has enjoyed, OnePlus is also readying another device under our noses.

According to multiple sources, the company will launch a third device in the series shortly after the first launch event. As you might expect, the mysterious device will round out the series, opening a midrange option for non-power users.

Previously, we saw leaked renders depicting this midrange smartphone, carrying the OnePlus 8 Lite moniker. However, according to the latest sources, the Lite version will come under a special name outside of the OnePlus 8 series. Instead of the OnePlus 8 Lite, OnePlus is calling it the OnePlus Z.

Unfortunately, we don’t know much else about the upcoming midranger. If anything, its midrange status likely points to a chipset below the reported Snapdragon 865 of the original series. Besides that, it’s anyone’s guess.

In any case, the OnePlus 8 and the OnePlus 8 Pro will officially launch on April 14. Previously, the series was thought to launch on April 10. However, an official trailer confirms the actual release date.

SEE ALSO: New OnePlus 8 leak reveals purple-orange gradient

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Mi 10 Lite 5G is a midrange phone with quad-cameras

Sales limited to Europe for now



The Mi 10 has been a sensational phone since launch and Xiaomi has now announced its younger sibling — the Mi 10 Lite. Just like the flagship, it also gets 5G support, but via a midrange chipset. This will offer consumers an option to buy a 5G phone, without the cost attached to a flagship phone.

As the name suggests, the phone is a slightly watered-down version of the flagship Mi 10. However, it’s still a strong contender in a segment that has just one competitor, the Nokia 8.3 5G. 5G roll-out is limited to a few regions, but hardware availability might prompt telecom carriers in developed markets to speed-up their enhancement efforts.

Coming to the phone, the front has a 6.6-inch AMOLED TrueColor display with a waterdrop-style notch. For authentication, an in-display fingerprint scanner has been added along with the standard face unlock option.

Powering the phone is an octa-core Snapdragon 765G chipset, paired with LPDDR4X RAM and UFS 2.1. Backing these internals is a 4160mAh battery with 20W fast charging support. On the side, it also has Quick Charge 3.5 compatibility.

On the rear is quad-camera support consisting of a 48-megapixel primary lens. Unfortunately, Xiaomi hasn’t revealed the details of the other three cameras. However, considering all their previous phones with a similar setup, it’s safe to assume one of them will be a wide-angle lens along with a depth sensor for portrait photography. For selfies, a 16-megapixel sensor has been added on the front.

Mysteriously, Xiaomi also hasn’t revealed details about onboard RAM. Though, we know it’ll be available in two storage options — 64GB and 128GB. It’ll be available in white, grey, and a bluish-green gradient, with a starting price of €349 (US$ 385) from the first and second week of April in a few European markets.

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