Motorola is warning people not to add screen protectors to the new Razr, and says bumps and lumps under the screen are 'normal'
- Motorola released a video to point out a few things about the new R20,000-plus Razr that people should know before using the phone.
- Some of the tips are obvious, like avoiding sharp objects or wiping it dry if it's exposed to a splash of water.
- Other care tips include folding the Razr before putting it away in a pocket or bag, and to avoid using your own screen protector, as the phone already has one.
- Motorola is also setting expectations by telling users that lumps and bumps under the screen are normal.
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Motorola released a video detailing how to care for the new R20,000-plus Razr foldable smartphone, presumably because the experience of using it will be different than a traditional smartphone.
It's also taking the opportunity to tell you that "bumps and lumps" under the screen are normal, and that you shouldn't use a screen protector with the new Razr.
Indeed, foldable smartphones are so new that they come with a few disclaimers and warnings, at least for now while foldable smartphone technology is improved.
Motorola recently announced that the new Razr will be released in February.
Check out what Motorola says you should and shouldn't do if you get the new Razr:
The new Razr has water-repellent qualities, but you should wipe it dry if it gets wet.
The new Razr doesn't have an official water resistance IP rating, but Motorola says it's resistant against moderate exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, or light rain.
It's not a stretch to assume that most people would wipe their phones dry after a splash, but Motorola is making a point of it by including this tip in its video. But it's clear the new Razr is not as water repellent as a typical flagship smartphone - otherwise it would have an official water resistance rating.
Bumps and lumps on the screen are normal, according to Motorola.
The Razr's hinge mechanism will likely give off a lumpy texture under the center of screen. Motorola doesn't say why, but Samsung's Galaxy Fold had a similar texture under the screen, too, which was a result of the foldable screen. Foldable smartphones don't have glass on top of the screens that make up the solid surface we're used to tapping and swiping with regular smartphones.
You should obviously avoid sharp objects, like you would with any smartphone.
This should be a no-brainer for most people. You generally want to avoid sharp objects coming into contact with any smartphone. But with the new Razr's foldable display, you may want to take extra care, especially when the phone is unfolded.
Motorola is making it clear that the new Razr has a protective coating pre-installed on the screen.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold had a pre-installed protective coating that some tech reviewers tried to remove, so Motorola is making it extra clear that protective layer you see on the new Razr is meant to stay there.
With that in mind, Motorola doesn't want you using a screen protector with the new Razr.
You shouldn't stow the new Razr in your pockets or bags when it is unfolded.
Apart from the nostalgia factor and its gorgeous design, the appeal of Motorola's new Razr is that it can fold up into a smaller and more compact form than a traditional smartphone. Putting the new Razr away in a pocket or bag without folding it up first also seems like a sure-fire way to damage the hinge.
Check out the full video here:
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