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Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review

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The trend for folding phones is still on the up and the pioneering company of this technology, Motorola, have released the upgraded Razr 40 Ultra. Their previous model, the Razr 2022, was extremely popular and the Razr brand is now competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip range for the title of best folding phone. It is possible that the Razr may even emerge as the clear victor.

Though the Razr 40 Ultra has some major design upgrades from its predecessor, it ultimately falls short in performance which means Samsung remains the king of flip phones. However, the difference between the two brands has become so close it’s like the gap was shaved by a razor.

The Ultra model boasts an impressive external display that takes up almost the entire front when folded. This display has a range of applications, such as using the cameras, making calls, streaming services and even playing basic games.

Incorporated within this presentation is the two-camera system, which is the same 13MP ultrawide lens from Razr 2022 and a new 12MP main camera. The selfie camera, which is of little use, is also carried over from Razr 2022 and has a 32MP lens situated beneath the internal flexible screen.

The 2022 Razr also retains its Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, 8GB RAM, and 256GB internal storage. An improved 3,800mAh battery is included, which supports 30W fast charging and 5W wireless charging.

 

A look at the design and main features

The Razr 40 Ultra has a few design elements that make it more attractive than the Razr 2022. It measures 171 x 74 x 7mm and is more comfortable to use with one hand. Both the Infinite Black and Glacier Blue models use Gorilla Glass Victus on the rear, which gives them a weight of 189g, while the Viva Magenta, with its soft vegan leather back, weighs 185g.

When you open the phone, the edges of the display are not as pronounced as the previous Razr 2022 model. The hinge crease is as subtle on this version as it was on the Razr 2022, barely showing any dip. In comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 has a visible bump.

The right-hand side has the volume and power buttons located above the hinge, with the power button doubling as a fingerprint reader. The left side is home to the microSD card slot, which can hold cards up to 1TB. On the lower edge is the USB-C port.

The headphone jack is situated next to one of the Dolby Atmos-enabled stereo speakers; the other is placed along the top edge. With an IP52 rating, this phone is more dust-proof than the Galaxy Z Flip 5, though not quite as water-resistant.

Motorola phones always offer excellent software, as it provides a near-stock Android experience without needing to purchase a Pixel. The Razr 40 Ultra is no different. It has simple, straightforward icons and menus, minimal additional apps and a range of customisation options. The phone is shipped with Android 13 pre-installed, and Motorola has confirmed that users can expect three years of software updates and four years of monthly security updates.

At the time of writing, not many apps have been adapted to work properly on the dual-screen setup, however those that have been are very beneficial. For instance, with the camera the viewfinder is completely shifted to the top display and the bottom one is left open for the buttons. Additionally, YouTube allows users to watch videos on the upper screen while simultaneously looking at comments and related content on the bottom.

A Peak at the Display

Gone is the rectangular panel of the Razr 2022, replaced by a full-size display just like the one in the new Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5. The specs on the 3.6in version are far better, with a 1,066 x 1,056 resolution and a quick 144Hz refresh rate. To protect against drops and scratches, a layer of Gorilla Glass Victus sits on top.

The internal display has gone through some modifications. The 6.9in AMOLED monitor now has a resolution of 2,640 x 1,080, which is more than the 2,400 x 1,080 resolution of the Razr 2022, and the refresh rate is incredibly fast at 165Hz. While few apps will take full advantage of the refresh rate, jumping between apps feels amazingly smooth and responsive.

The AMOLED display on the device offers great contrast and black levels, but the peak brightness doesn’t reach the same level as the Razr 2022. With an external light shining on the light sensor, the automatic brightness setting managed to reach 910cd/m², while the Razr 2022 managed to hit over 1,000cd/m².

The Razr 2022’s screen showed more color variation than one would expect given the price, but the Razr 40 Ultra has fixed that. The Saturated mode produces vivid, strong colors ideal for streaming, while Natural provides the most accurate sRGB display. When I tested this setting, it had an sRGB coverage of 93.4% and a total volume of 93.6%, with an average Delta E score of 1.3, which is much decreased compared to what the Razr 2022 displayed.

Performance and Battery Life

The Razr 40 Ultra and Razr 2022 both contain the same 3.19 GHz Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset, resulting in similar performance. If it weren’t for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, this would be acceptable. The latter phone, featuring the newer Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, outperformed the Razr 40 Ultra by 12% on single-core tests and 26% on multicore, while costing the same.

The GFXBench Car Chase GPU tests demonstrated a slight decrease in performance, with the Razr 40 Ultra registering 7fps lower than the Razr 2022 on the onscreen benchmark and 14fps lower on the offscreen. Nonetheless, the Razr 40 Ultra still handles graphic-heavy games proficiently, allowing me to play a few levels of Asphalt 9: Legends without any drop in frame rate.

When it comes to hardware, the battery life of the 3,800mAh unit is quite remarkable, as it lasted 21hrs 35mins in our looping video test. This is one of the most impressive performances of a flip phone, with the Galaxy Z Flip 5 surpassing it.

This model includes a faster charging time with the 30W charger; it takes approximately 28 minutes to reach 50% charge and just under an hour to reach a full charge. Additionally, the 5W wireless charging feature is a new inclusion on this model, which may not be as quick, but is still a great addition that brings it closer to the level of Samsung’s output.

Analysis of the Camera

In the same vein as other flip phones, the Razr 40 Ultra has a dual-camera setup at the rear, with a 12MP (f/1.5) wide lens. Although this appears to be a step down from the 50MP camera of the Razr 2022, the amount of megapixels isn’t the only factor to be considered.

The larger aperture on the new Razr 2023 permits more light to enter, thus improving its capability for low-light photography. The Razr 2022 was a bit of a let-down in this aspect, with odd colouring and a lot of noise appearing in the dark; however, the new model’s tones appear more natural even though the sharpness isn’t up to the desired level.

The 13MP (f/2.2) ultrawide lens is a feature that was also included in the Razr 2022 and it still works great. The colour and exposure balance are maintained just as well as with the wide lens, and the finer details turn out quite good, if not spectacular. The macro shots taken with this lens can be considered satisfactory, with well-defined edges around the subject and a pleasing out-of-focus background.

The Razr 2022 and Galaxy Z Flip 5 both offer 1080p and 4K video recording up to 60fps, with slow-motion settings of 120, 240, and 960fps. However, 8K recording is not available on either device, though this should not be a major issue for many users.

 

My Verdict

Had Motorola opted for the more recent Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 processor, it would have likely been crowned the new ruler of the flip phone world. However, due to the fact that it is offering last year’s performance at the same price as this year, it is a difficult place to be in, especially since the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 offers more advanced hardware for the same amount of money.

Although it may not be the best, the Razr 40 Ultra certainly has its impressive moments. Its updated design is both more stylish and comfortable to use, while the bigger cover display is a great addition. Additionally, the battery life is one of the better ones currently found in flip phones. Despite not having any major leaps in performance, this phone is still the closest any brand has come to replacing Samsung as the top choice for flip phones.

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Honor Magic V3 Specifications

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Honor Magic V3 Specifications

Design

The phone has a bar design with the following dimensions:

  • Unfolded: 156.6 x 145.3 x 4.35 mm or 4.4 mm
  • Folded: 156.6 x 74.0 x 9.2 mm or 9.3 mm

It weighs 226 grams and is IPX8 water resistant, capable of withstanding submersion up to 2.5 meters for 30 minutes.

Display

The Honor Magic V3 features a foldable LTPO OLED display:

Main Display: 7.92 inches with a resolution of 2156 x 2344 pixels and 402 PPI.

Cover Display: LTPO OLED, 6.43 inches, 1060 x 2376 pixels, 402 PPI, and features nanocrystal glass 2.0. It supports 1 billion colors, 120Hz refresh rate, HDR10+, and reaches up to 2500 nits brightness.

Protection: King Kong Rhinoceros glass.

Hardware

The device is powered by an octa-core CPU (1×3.3 GHz Cortex-X4, 3×3.2 GHz Cortex-A720, 2×3.0 GHz Cortex-A720, and 2×2.3 GHz Cortex-A520) and an Adreno 750 GPU. It offers RAM options of 12 GB or 16 GB and internal storage options of 256 GB, 512 GB, and 1 TB. There is no memory card slot. The phone includes sensors such as a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, and barometer.

Software

The phone runs on Android 14 with MagicOS 8.0.1.

Camera

Rear Camera: Triple setup with a 50 MP wide, 50 MP telephoto, and 40 MP ultrawide sensors.

Front Camera: 20 MP wide sensor.

Video: Capable of recording 4K at 30/60fps (10-bit) and 1080p at 30/60fps.

Flash: LED flash.

Network and Connectivity

The device supports various network technologies, including GSM, CDMA, HSPA, CDMA2000, LTE, and 5G. It offers dual SIM options with nano-SIM and eSIM capabilities.

Wi-Fi: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/6e/7, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct.

USB: Type-C 3.1.

GPS: GPS (L1+L5), GLONASS (L1), BDS (B1I+B1c+B2a), GALILEO (E1+E5a).

NFC: Yes.

Wireless Charging: Yes.

Headphone Jack: No.

Battery

The phone has a non-removable Si/C 5150 mAh battery that supports 66W wired charging, 50W wireless charging, and 5W reverse wired charging.

Media and Other Features

Video Playback and Out: Yes.

FM Radio: No.

Ring Tones, Loudspeaker, Handsfree: Yes.

Data and Speed

The Honor Magic V3 supports various 4G LTE and 5G NR bands, with network speeds of HSPA, LTE, and 5G.

The phone is available in Velvet Black, Snow, Tundra Green, and Red, priced at approximately 1140 EUR.

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ZTE Voyage 3D Review

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ZTE Voyage 3D Review

The ZTE Voyage 3D, launched on June 27, 2024, is a feature-packed smartphone that aims to stand out in the competitive mid-range market. With its unique 3D lightfield display, powerful Unisoc T760 chipset, and dual camera setup, the Voyage 3D promises an engaging user experience. Here’s a detailed look at what this smartphone has to offer.

Design and Build

The ZTE Voyage 3D sports a sleek and modern design, featuring a glass front, plastic frame, and plastic back. It measures 163.5 x 75 x 8.5 mm and weighs 190 grams, making it relatively lightweight and comfortable to hold. The device supports dual Nano-SIM cards, allowing users to manage personal and work contacts seamlessly.

Display

One of the standout features of the Voyage 3D is its 6.58-inch IPS LCD display with a 120Hz refresh rate. The screen boasts a resolution of 1080 x 2408 pixels, offering sharp and vibrant visuals with a 20:9 aspect ratio and a pixel density of around 401 ppi. The unique 3D lightfield display technology provides real-time 2D to 3D content conversion, adding an extra layer of depth and immersion to the viewing experience.

Performance and Software

Under the hood, the ZTE Voyage 3D is powered by the Unisoc T760 chipset, built on a 6 nm process. This octa-core processor includes one Cortex-A76 core clocked at 2.2 GHz, three Cortex-A76 cores, and four power-efficient Cortex-A55 cores. Paired with 6GB of LPDDR4x RAM and 128GB of eMMC 5.1 storage, the Voyage 3D delivers smooth and responsive performance, capable of handling multitasking and gaming with ease.

Running on MyOS 13, based on Android 13, the Voyage 3D offers a user-friendly interface with a host of customization options. The dedicated button on the device can be programmed to launch specific apps, adding convenience to the user experience.

In terms of benchmarks, the Unisoc T760 scores around 540 points in single-core tests and 2155 points in multi-core tests on Geekbench, indicating strong performance for a mid-range device.

Camera

The ZTE Voyage 3D features a dual-camera setup on the rear, consisting of a 50 MP primary sensor with PDAF and a 5 MP secondary sensor. The camera system supports LED flash, HDR, and panorama modes, and can record 1080p video at 30fps. On the front, there is a 5 MP selfie camera that also supports video recording.

The camera performance is impressive for its price range, capturing detailed and vibrant photos in good lighting conditions. The AI enhancements and various shooting modes further enhance the photography experience, making it suitable for casual photographers.

Battery and Charging

The device is equipped with a 4500 mAh non-removable battery, which provides ample power to last through a full day of moderate to heavy use. The 33W wired charging with PD3.0 support ensures quick and efficient recharging, minimizing downtime.

Connectivity and Additional Features

The ZTE Voyage 3D comes with a comprehensive set of connectivity options, including Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (dual-band), Bluetooth 5.0, GPS, GALILEO, GLONASS, and BDS for precise location tracking. The device also features a USB Type-C 2.0 port for charging and data transfer.

For security, the Voyage 3D includes a side-mounted fingerprint sensor, providing quick and secure access to the device. Other sensors include an accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, and compass.

While the device lacks a 3.5mm headphone jack, it compensates with a loudspeaker that delivers clear audio output. The absence of NFC and FM radio might be a drawback for some users, but these omissions do not significantly detract from the overall value of the device.

AI and Software Enhancements

Beyond its hardware capabilities, the ZTE Voyage 3D leverages AI algorithms for various applications. These include real-time translation, an AI intelligent voice assistant, and features such as chat dialogue, knowledge quizzes, creative writing, and food reviews. These enhancements add a layer of interactivity and functionality, making the Voyage 3D a versatile tool for everyday use.

Price and Availability

Available in classic black, the ZTE Voyage 3D is priced at approximately 190 EUR or $204, making it an attractive option for budget-conscious consumers seeking a feature-rich smartphone.

The ZTE Voyage 3D stands out in the mid-range smartphone segment with its unique 3D lightfield display, solid performance, and versatile camera system. While it may lack some premium features such as NFC and a 3.5mm headphone jack, it offers a comprehensive package that caters to a wide range of user needs. For those looking for an affordable yet capable smartphone with innovative display technology, the ZTE Voyage 3D is a compelling choice.

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Lenovo Tab K11 Plus Review

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Lenovo Tab K11 Plus Review

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus stands as a testament to the company’s dedication to delivering high-quality tablets with impressive specifications, catering to both productivity and entertainment needs. With its sleek design, powerful internals, and a host of features, the Tab K11 Plus is positioned as a strong contender in the mid-range tablet market. Here’s a detailed look at what this device has to offer.

Design and Build

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus sports a sleek and modern design, highlighted by its metal case. The tablet’s dimensions, 268.7 x 168.96 x 7.15 mm, and its weight of around 520 grams, make it a portable and lightweight option. Its Luna Grey color adds a touch of sophistication. The build quality feels solid, with a glass front, aluminum frame, and aluminum back, ensuring durability and a premium feel.

Display

The device features an 11.45-inch 2K display with a resolution of 2000 x 1200 pixels, resulting in a crisp and vibrant visual experience. The 90Hz refresh rate enhances the smoothness of animations and scrolling, while the 400 nits brightness ensures readability even in bright environments. The display’s 72% NTSC color gamut provides vivid and accurate colors, making it suitable for media consumption and creative tasks.

Performance

Under the hood, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon SDM680 processor, an octa-core CPU with a configuration of 4x Kryo 265 Gold cores clocked at 2.4 GHz and 4x Kryo 265 Silver cores at 1.9 GHz. This setup, combined with the integrated Qualcomm Adreno 610 GPU, delivers reliable performance for everyday tasks, including web browsing, streaming, and light gaming. The 8GB of LPDDR4x RAM ensures smooth multitasking, while the 256GB of UFS 2.2 storage provides ample space for apps, media, and documents.

Camera

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus comes equipped with a 13 MP rear camera featuring an f/2.2 aperture and autofocus, capable of capturing decent photos in good lighting conditions. The front-facing 8 MP camera with an f/2.0 aperture is suitable for video calls and selfies. Both cameras support 1080p video recording at 30fps, ensuring clear and smooth video capture.

Audio

Audio is a strong suit for the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus, thanks to its four speakers optimized with Dolby Atmos. This setup delivers immersive and high-quality sound, enhancing the media consumption experience. The inclusion of a 3.5mm headphone jack provides flexibility for wired audio connections.

Battery Life

The tablet is powered by an integrated 8600mAh battery, which offers impressive battery life. Depending on usage, it can easily last a full day on a single charge. The 10V / 2A power adapter supports quick charging, ensuring minimal downtime.

Connectivity

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus excels in connectivity options. It supports Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax 2×2), ensuring fast and stable internet connections. Bluetooth 5.3 offers enhanced wireless connectivity for peripherals. Additionally, the tablet features GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and Beidou for precise location tracking. The presence of NFC adds convenience for contactless transactions and data transfer.

Software

Running on Android 14 or later, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus provides a smooth and intuitive user experience. The operating system is optimized for tablets, offering a range of productivity and entertainment features. Lenovo’s customizations are minimal, allowing for a clean and responsive interface.

Additional Features

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is equipped with a range of sensors, including an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, gyroscope, hall sensor, and proximity sensor, enhancing its functionality. The device supports a stylus (purchased separately), making it a versatile tool for note-taking and creative tasks.

Certifications and Durability

The tablet is certified with ENERGY STAR 8.0, ErP Lot 6, ErP Lot 26, and RoHS compliance, reflecting its energy efficiency and environmental friendliness. It also boasts an IP52 rating for dust and water resistance, ensuring durability in various conditions. TÜV Rheinland certifications for flicker-free and low blue light further enhance its suitability for prolonged use.

The Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is a well-rounded tablet that offers a blend of performance, design, and features at a competitive price point. Its vibrant display, robust build quality, and long battery life make it a compelling choice for media consumption, productivity, and casual use. While it may not match the performance of high-end tablets, its value proposition and feature set make it a strong contender in the mid-range tablet market. Whether you’re a student, professional, or casual user, the Lenovo Tab K11 Plus is worth considering for your next tablet purchase.

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