Motorola has continued to pioneer the foldable device landscape with its Razr series, setting itself apart by embracing the compact flip phone form factor while others ventured into the book-like foldable designs, offering an experience akin to that of a tablet.
Through the various generations of the new Razr, the company has consistently refined the design and durability, culminating in this year’s trend: a generously sized external display that genuinely enhances app usability.
This is precisely where the spotlight shines on the Razr 40 Ultra’s 3.6-inch exterior screen, whether open or closed. In its closed state, the screen showcases a launcher for compatible games and applications, seamlessly bridging the gap between foldable and non-foldable mobile experiences or utilizing the expansive unfolded display.
A prime example is Google Maps, which optimizes navigation for this screen size, facilitating fluid location searches and direction following. Similarly, messaging apps grant access to emails and conversations, complete with a touchscreen keyboard for composing responses.
The external display’s significance persists even when the device is fully unfolded, acting as a complementary screen for various applications, including the camera. This becomes evident in features like dual photography and dual video, utilizing both exterior and interior cameras to capture both perspectives in a single shot.
The external display also proves its worth when taking selfies or group photos. By folding the device at a 90-degree angle on a surface, stability is maintained, allowing subjects to see themselves on both the external and internal screens. This aspect also greatly enhances video calls.
While the smartphone’s cameras perform admirably overall, it’s important to note that its zoom capabilities are not the market’s best. Specifically, the device sports a dual-lens system of 12 and 13 megapixels on the exterior and a 32-megapixel lens on the interior.
Visual excellence is a hallmark of the Razr 40 Ultra, evident in the high-quality displays. The 6.9-inch interior screen boasts vivid contrast and color brightness thanks to the pOLED panel and technologies like HDR10+. The premium experience is further heightened by Dolby Atmos sound.
The Razr 40 Ultra takes pride in its elegant and compact design, blending the gleam of the external screen (when fingerprint-free) with the tactile comfort of the matte material on the rear. The brand’s logo adorns the back, with the tested model available in black, magenta, and light blue.
When unfolded, the device adopts a longer yet narrower profile compared to a standard non-foldable smartphone. This design not only aids grip but also enhances usability, as it is more comfortable to hold.
While the fully extended screen does exhibit a slight fold, it becomes less noticeable in actual usage, whether with apps, movies, or games. When folded, the closure is seamless, leaving no gaps.
Undoubtedly, the larger external screen proves to be a game-changer due to its versatility. It expands the possibilities of a device already celebrated for its compact, easily portable, and manageable design.
Motorola continues to push the boundaries of foldable technology, as the Razr 40 Ultra underscores the brand’s commitment to innovative design and user-friendly functionality in the ever-evolving world of smartphones.