moto razr 40 review Starting at 3,999 yuan! Possibly the best value vertical folding screen at present

moto razr 40 review Best value vertical folding screen starting at 3,999 yuan!

【PhoneAuto Review】In the current period of the entire smartphone market downturn, foldable screen phones are like a lone boat going against the current, forming a sharp contrast with the surrounding downstream. Among them, moto, as a pioneer in the vertical foldable screen phone industry, after several years of iteration, released a new razr 40 series folding screen phone on June 1st this year. Especially with the value upgrade, moto razr 40 still achieves a starting price of 3,999 yuan, which can be said to be the vertical foldable screen phone with the best price-performance ratio on the current market. The phone will be available for pre-sale on June 18th and officially on sale on June 25th. You may want to pay attention to it.

moto razr 40 has three color options: sky blue gray, sakura pink, and moon white. The white one is the personal favorite of the author. This color is not a very pure white. Under the light, it will show a faint yellow color, just like the moon we see every night, giving people a healing feeling to soothe the wounds of the soul.

As for the material, the back panel of moto razr 40 uses the popular plain leather material nowadays, which is officially called air nano material. The touch is very soft and comfortable, which is also the reason why plain leather material is popular. Secondly, due to the material of the back panel of moto razr 40, it is also relatively easy to clean. While it will not leave fingerprints, it can also be wiped clean easily for daily stains without extra cleaning.

It is worth mentioning that the air nano leather of moto razr 40 is also a recyclable and environmentally friendly material. The phone’s packaging box does not contain plastic and is printed with soy ink, which is 100% recyclable and environmentally friendly.

The most outstanding advantage of vertical folding phones compared to other models is their exquisite and compact body size, especially in a time when phones are becoming larger and larger. The vertical folding design is convenient to carry and provides a larger display space when opened, making it a model for “I want it all”.

The body weight of the Moto Razr 40 is only 188.6g, which feels completely burdenless when held in the hand. When unfolded, the weight is more evenly distributed, giving a feeling of the phone becoming even lighter. In addition, the 73.92mm body width and 7.35mm (excluding the outer screen module) body thickness of the Moto Razr 40 provide a comfortable grip whether closed or open.

For folding screen phones, the hinge and pivot are extremely important core components. The Moto Razr 40 adopts the fourth-generation star rail pivot technology, which is composed of only 85 ultra-miniature and high-strength steel components. The innovative dual-track double-wing hinge structure reduces weight and volume, allowing for better reduction in weight and size of the entire phone.

In addition, the pivot of the Moto Razr 40 uses the latest non-hydrogenated amorphous carbon coating process, which greatly improves its wear resistance and folding life to 400,000 times. The GLC coating technology also increases the signal stability of this model by 15%. Furthermore, the Moto Razr 40 can achieve seamless closure when closed, which can prevent dust from entering the folds and damaging the screen. The sound of “click” when closing the phone also gives the writer a feeling of going back 20 years ago when flip phones were still being used.

The Moto Razr 40 uses a 1.5-inch small screen on the outer display, which is covered with Corning GG7 glass along with the rear camera. This small screen can perform many interactive functions similar to those found on smart bracelets, such as displaying time and weather, playing music, displaying WeChat messages, as well as switches for the notification bar and some quick functions.

It is worth mentioning that the Moto Razr 40 has 15 external screen clock styles, including the dynamic little elf theme and a new IP theme called “moo” (Mo’er). The dynamic little elf theme is composed of various colors of elves, and each time the external screen is awakened, it will randomly display different elf shapes. The “moo” theme, although only featuring the character Mo’er, displays different forms at different times, such as working seriously in front of the computer during work hours, and eating noodles with big bites during lunch. Clicking on it will even give you a cute little fried egg.

When the Moto Razr 40 is unfolded, the first thing that catches the eye is the huge 6.9-inch internal screen, which seems to be the largest in all vertically folding screen phones. The screen quality is also excellent, with a resolution of 2640*1080, 10-bit color depth, 123% DCI-P3 wide color gamut and UTG glass protection. It provides a good visual experience for daily use or watching videos.

In addition, this screen also supports a maximum refresh rate of 144 Hz. When playing games, it uses the maximum refresh rate, while when viewing static content such as text, it switches to 60 Hz, achieving a perfect balance between experience and battery life. In terms of eye protection, the Moto Razr 40 has global DC dimming, SGS low blue light EX certification, and low ghosting certification. The screen brightness of 1000nit and local peak value of 14000nit also allow users to clearly see the contents on the screen outdoors without affecting the daily usage experience.

As a fashionable folding phone, the moto razr 40 also brings a flagship-level imaging system in terms of photography. The rear camera consists of a 64-megapixel main camera and a 13-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, with the main camera lens being a 1/2-inch sensor with a maximum aperture of f/1.7. The Deco contains ToF and ambient light sensors. Therefore, the moto razr 40 can easily restore the scene’s reality and details in any environment.

moto razr 40 shooting

moto razr 40 shooting

moto razr 40 shooting

moto razr 40 shooting

moto razr 40 shooting

moto razr 40 shooting

As can be seen from the above samples, the moto razr 40 can truly restore the scene and retain detail features in both well-lit and dark environments, indoors and outdoors, with no overexposure in low-light environments. The brightness and darkness are well balanced, providing a comfortable viewing experience.

Portrait mode

In terms of shooting portraits, the model is equipped with the same high-definition beauty portrait algorithm as the moto razr 40 Ultra, allowing users to easily take stunning portrait photos. As can be seen from the samples, the blurring effect is natural, and the beautiful face of the girl is easily captured.

As for selfies, the moto razr 40’s inner screen is equipped with a 32-megapixel primary camera with a large sensor size of 1/3.15 inches and an aperture of f/2.4. This can help users take brighter and more detailed selfies in low light conditions.

Inner screen lens – selfies

In addition, if users want to use the 64-megapixel external primary camera for selfies, it’s no problem. Just shake the moto razr 40 a few times while it’s closed, and the phone will automatically activate the rear camera, with the viewfinder being naturally the 1.5-inch outer screen next to the lens.

Outer screen lens – selfies

As for shooting methods, those who prefer physical buttons can simply press the volume keys (either the plus or minus key), while those who prefer touch screens can directly tap the outer screen. In addition, the moto razr 40 also allows for smile capture and gesture capture, almost integrating all major shooting methods into outer screen shooting, which is very convenient for users to choose from.

Selfies taken through the outer screen

As for the phone’s core SoC, the moto razr 40 uses a Snapdragon 7 Gen1 chip built on Samsung’s 4nm process. This chip consists of one large 2.4GHz A710 core, three 2.36GHz A710 cores, and four 1.8GHz A510 cores. The GPU is Adreno 622. It achieved a score of 587,000 on the AnTuTu benchmark.

At the software level, the moto razr 40 is equipped with MAXE system scheduling engine 2.0, which can identify 7 different scenarios including video, gaming, reading, navigation, VoIP, camera, and fast charging, and perform targeted AI energy-efficient dynamic scheduling. In addition, the device is equipped with the HearTouch 3D spatial algorithm 2.0, along with X-axis linear motor and dual speakers, which can provide users with a more immersive experience.

As a representative of the once business-oriented mobile phones, although moto has now become more diversified, in terms of business office functions, the moto razr 40 still thoughtfully provides us with two very useful functions: “Super Files” and “Ready For”.

Super Files function

With the “Super Files” function, users can search and access files on Android tablets and PCs through their phones, as well as quickly access files on moto razr 40 from other Lenovo devices. Through the “Ready For” function, users can also screen-mirror their phones to PCs, achieving cross-platform collaborative operations and application circulation.

Ready For – mobile phone screen-mirroring to PC

In other aspects, the moto razr 40 adopts a 4200mAh battery + 30W wired fast charging + 5W Qi wireless fast charging (peak value of 8W with moto wireless charger adapter, to be supported in future OTA updates), and also supports full-featured NFC, making it very convenient for daily travel without causing too much battery anxiety.

It is worth mentioning that as an old-school manufacturer who has been through the “mobile phone era”, moto razr 40 also pays great attention to the basic signal of the phone, with a rare design of dual-card dual-standby dual-5G on the vertical small fold, supporting all network operators (China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, and China Broadcasting) and retaining full-band signals, including 15 5G frequency bands and 24 4G frequency bands, allowing users to travel abroad without worrying about their phones not supporting local signal networks. In addition, the device also has the intelligent strong signal access technology ASDiv2.0—which can switch signal antennas in real-time based on the user’s scenario, achieving the optimal solution for signal and power consumption.

Overall, as the pioneer of vertical folding screens, the Moto Razr 40 performs very well in terms of overall performance. The lighter and thinner hinge allows it to maintain a lightweight and slim feel while ensuring battery capacity, which is one of the unique advantages of vertical folding screen phones. Moreover, the starting price of 3999 further lowers the price of folding screen phones, making the Moto Razr 40 a better choice for those who want to try folding screen phones but are deterred by the price.

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