Motorola Razr V4 has an edge over Samsung Galaxy Fold

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New Delhi | Published: March 12, 2019 3:35:20 PM

Foldable phones which are fully operational, be it open or closed, say like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, depend upon three, power-hungry AMOLED displays.

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Tech circles are abuzz with speculation over what the second screen on Motorola’s upcoming foldable phone named Razr V4 will be all about. A report by Forbes says that this new feature could give it an advantage over Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.

A source familiar with the Motorola’s Razr V4 told XDA developers that there is going to be a second display, however it will come with limited functionality. The additional screen will be set on the outside of the handset and mainly used when the clam-shell device is closed; it will function as a notifications and settings center.

The Forbes report says that the display will also perform as a kind of a trackpad which can users can use for scrolling web pages up and down. A Google Assistant and camera app functionality will also be integrated into the second screen.

This can be safely assumed that Motorola will probably add more to the second display, however it will not cater a full Android experience.

The display showing small, notifications and quick settings is akin to the original Razr phone. However, this will also be an advantage for better power management.

This is because foldable phones which are fully operational, be it open or closed, say like Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, depend upon three, power-hungry AMOLED displays, Forbes reports. It has been acknowledged time and again that smartphone displays are battery guzzlers, therefore it is only right to assume that an extra two may cause some issues.

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A second battery has been included in the Samsung Galaxy Fold to fix this issue however it must be noted that Samsung has not allowed reviewers to manually work the device so far, therefore there are only speculations on what impact these foldable displays have on battery power.

Motorola’s foldable concept is more aligned with LG’s V20 series that features a smaller second screen at the top of the LG device for notifications, the report noted.

This means that smaller displays with less functionality than the main screen will not only be compact but also save on the power of the device which is a humongous problem, giving it an edge over its rivals.

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