Motorola's foldable Razr: Absolutely everything you need to know (The Daily Charge, 11/14/2019)
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Welcome to the Daily Charge.
It's Thursday November 14th, I'm Roger Chang.
And I'm Lauren Rau.
And we've got a special guest Ken Yeung from Flipboard.
Today we're talking Motorola.
Motorola is back in a big way with the new razor the phone which takes design cues from the original could a 6.2 inch foldable display.
But unlike the galaxy folder made x this fold folds folds down into a smaller device that costs 1500 dollars.
And in the US it's an exclusive with Verizon, but you don't hear any Europe late December with the phone actually coming out in early January.
That's always proud to tap into our nostalgic icons of the past.
Ken I want to talk to you first.
What was your first reaction upon saying this?>> I think for me and first of all, thanks for having me really great to join you guys here.
This is actually a phone that I'm really interested to try out.
I have no idea why I mean, as you mentioned, and as you guys have.
covered, the specs aren't really like a high end phone that you would get with like an iPhone or they are the Galaxy S10.
Or, or even with the with the galaxy fold, but I think it's the nostalgia as you mentioned, it's the flip.
You know, this is the phone that many, many people have had back in the day.
Before smartphones came out, it was very, very popular.
I think the first razor I had was one 4G was starting to roll out on at amp t. So this is something that really throws me back and and I'm really interested to see how this actually works out This is a different form factor from what you get with Samsung and Wawe and everybody else.
Interesting to note that there's no 5G on this phone and also that, during Samsung's developer conference last month.
They tease that they were working on a clamshell foldable device.
So Motorola beat them that a bunch of but of course Motorola has that icon of that being the foot phone so it's a pretty good pretty good deal for me.
Capsule and look Can and I both under RAZR Lord, you did not this, What was your reaction?
Yeah, I actually, so I grew up with flip phones and I used to just go into my mom's room and be like, let me grab her RAZR so I can play around with it.
And then my classmates also had RAZR, so I come from the generation, it's like I can toss a RAZR like anywhere in a field and like
It will be fine the battery last really really long.
So this is actually really exciting for me just because it takes me back to being a kid and like being able to rely on my phone.
You know cuz I feel like now like battries don't really last that long and I just feel like I am so excited that nolstagia is really creeping in right now.
And there is something [UNKNOWN] about be able to hang up on someone-
But actaully freaking us out, right
Exactly you just like click and that's it.
I don't have to hang up and wonder if I actually hung up the phone.
All right, so here's some relevant specs.
Beyond the 6.2 inch internal display.
There is a outside 2.7 inch screen Quick view screen, a 16 megapixel camera, a 2500 milliamp battery that's actually split between the two halves of the phone, 60 gigs of RAM, hundred 28 gigs of storage, and a Snapdragon 700 series processor, so Specs are exactly top of line and there's only the really the one external camera there isn't like a telephoto or wide angle camera on an iPhone.
Do you think that and can you kinda address this early?
I mean, the specs aren't on par with some of the other premium phones but the price is definitely up there.
That you know I think it's on par with a 500 gig iPhone max.
Rifle 11 Pro max.
So What do you guys think?
Is that do you think the lack of some of these high end features is going to be enough to like dissuade people to buy this thing?
Ken go ahead, you can go first.
So look, I think If this was Samsung, if this was Huawei, or even if this was Apple, like yeah, I would probably be more inclined to pay the $1,500 for this.
But the thing that is missing, these are mid-tier, this is not really, again, this is not a Premium phone.
So Motorola doesn't have the necessarily expertise in terms of the camera, or in terms of the software, right.
I mean, so this is coming with Android nine, so and with pie, so I think if you look at what you get with the pixel, you look at what you get with the S 10 and the note and the iPhone, you're going to get a better experience overall.
Is $1,500 worth just having the flip aspect?
I mean, probably not.
I mean, I really wish it was a much lower cost because that would actually be worth trying out.
But I think this is a hard hard pill to swallow at 1500 dollars for a novelty feature as as as flipping even though it's kind of brings you back and it's tactile experience is great.
Yeah, absolutely that price tag is really like cringe a little bit but I think when the razor first came out in 2004 it sold I think 130 million units.
Don't quote me on that but.
Four years ago 130 million.
Yeah.>> It at the time when it first came out.
Cost $600, which was a crazy high price for a flip phone back then.
But the secret of success really is a weird story.
They dropped exclusive black versions of the RAZR in the goodie bags at the 2005 Academy Awards.
The Oscars, all of a sudden every celebrity had one.
Everyone else had to have one too.
And like come on, we love seeing Paris Hilton with her razor.
It's just iconic, and so that pricetag bothers me, but I'm just like more than the nostalgia, just the fun of it.
Getting back into enjoying your phone.
Not just like, okay I have a touch screen and I have an iPhone.
But just being able to enjoy Just feeling like hanging up on your phone, like feeling the numbers like all of that and then you also get a touch screen at the same time.
Like, maybe later on we'll get a lower price and we'll get some better specs.
But for now, I don't know, I'm not too mad.
What I'm really hoping for are Richard people the media by this phone is poured it and really push the development so we do get that lower lower cost phone for the masses, but the other daily charge.
And I'm Lauren Ralph, thanks for joining us.
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