It’s been over two months since I folded the Motorola Razr in half for the primary time. Back in November, the Razr was hands-down one of the best designed, most fully thought-out foldable telephone I had seen. To be truthful, that is a small grouping comprised of the Galaxy Fold, Huawei Mate X, Royole FlexPai and some prototypes and idea units. Over the course of the crisp fall day I spent at Motorola’s Chicago headquarters, I started to fall slightly bit in love with the Razr’s design, particularly the way it softly snaps shut from prime to backside, one aspect laying flat on prime of the opposite, with no seen hole between the 2 halves of the display screen. With this easy act, Motorola has solved one of many greatest design conundrums that the Galaxy Fold and different foldable telephones have but to determine. But quickly the Razr can have some very actual competitors, and that casts a slim shadow over its tall, slim body. On Feb. 11, Samsung is extensively anticipated to announce its personal foldable flip telephone, the Galaxy Z Flip, which is rumored to be the primary foldable telephone to make use of bendable glass. If true, Samsung may achieve an unlimited benefit over the Razr, which works on sale days earlier on Feb. 6 (preorders start Jan. 26).
Motorola’s plan was to edge Samsung’s foldable flip telephone by promoting the brand new Razr earlier than the top of 2019. But a collection of delays slid again the corporate’s inside timetable, after which pushed again the preorder date by a month after asserting presales for Dec. 26. This is not good for the Razr, a model that is worthwhile for the primary time in years and desirous to return to premium telephones. It’s completely potential that potential patrons could maintain again to see how the Galaxy Z Flip and Razr’s specs and worth match up.The Motorola Razr goes on sale within the US on Feb. 6 for $1,500. (For reference, the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max prices roughly the identical worth. It converts to about £1,170 or AU$2,200.) Verizon is the unique US provider… without end, however the Razr can even promote on Motorola.com and in choose Walmart shops. You’ll nonetheless want to rearrange service by means of Verizon. Canada can even carry the Razr. Globally, the Razr will promote in choose European nations, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and choose Asian markets.Until then, now’s your likelihood to brush up on the Motorola Razr’s options, what the foldable telephone is like to make use of, and what impressed me and anxious me proper off the bat.
Hands on with the Motorola Razr foldable flip telephoneIn getting down to create a foldable telephone that doubles the display screen dimension whereas conserving the physique sufficiently small to pocket, Motorola has faithfully up to date the model’s most iconic, best-selling telephone ever. This new Razr is wider, heavier and absolutely stocked with options match for 2019. And it succeeds in sparking my emotional attachment to the clamshell designs of yore. Resistance is futile: The Razr have to be flipped.Or as CNET Editor Roger Cheng says, the foldable Razr offers Motorola an opportunity to stage its comeback in a flashy method that is unattainable to disregard.We’re not on the level but the place utilizing one foldable telephone is like utilizing all of them. There’s nonetheless some novelty as a result of to this point we have seen so many alternative designs. But the thought of utilizing the bigger, folding display screen to do most of your duties is a continuing. Here are some questions I assumed you may need.How’s the display screen? I’ll provide the quick reply right here and an extended reply within the part just under: It’s fabricated from plastic and I have not had an opportunity to check its sturdiness but, however it appears the best way I’d anticipate it to. There’s a fingernail-thin channel that runs across the perimeter between the show and the bezel, which considerations me in mild of the Fold’s former points with the highest layer separating from the P-OLED beneath. At the very least, this channel collects mud.How does it fold flat? The Motorola Razr’s proprietary hinge design has an open cavity that homes the looped portion of the display screen. In different phrases, plastic screens do not fold completely flat otherwise you’d crease them down the center. There’s nonetheless an air hole contained in the telephone, you simply do not see it, so the design seems largely flat. Technically, there is a 0.2mm hole between the show and hinge.In the Motorola Razr, flip telephones of previous meet foldable telephones of the longer term.
How tall is the Razr? Does it really feel unwieldy or overly lengthy? The 6.2-inch display screen is tall, but additionally slim, with a 21:9 ratio. The decision is 2,142×876 pixels. Motorola has bottom-loaded many of the apps and controls to make them simpler to succeed in together with your thumb. It works higher than most telephones one-handed. How effectively does it actually match into your pocket? Smaller entrance pockets may be a squeeze, however I had no drawback slipping it into the again of my skinny denims. It simply match into my jacket pocket and purse’s telephone pocket. Is there a display screen on the skin like there’s on the Fold? You’ll get a 2.7-inch exterior show that is meant for viewing necessities such because the time, alerts, notifications and fundamentals like sign and battery life. You will not be capable of sort on it (that is for one of the best), however you may reply by means of canned messages or your voice. You can use it to see what you appear like in selfies (see beneath). The Motorola Razr’s chin helps preserve the perimeters slim by storing the telephone’s bulkier components in that base.
How sturdy is it to open and shut? I can really feel the hinge stress whereas opening and shutting the Razr, and the motion feels easy and measured. You can see the gears of the hinge working for those who have a look at it from the highest and backside. It appears cool, however I hope nothing will get caught in there. Magnets maintain the perimeters collectively. My thumb bought drained after a day of opening it one-handed, however utilizing two palms felt simply as pure. This may not be a problem with brawnier thumbs. Can you see a crease? Yes, however it’s slim and fewer pronounced than on the Galaxy Fold. You can really feel it for those who rub your finger alongside the seam, however it’s extra refined than on the Galaxy Fold. Why does the Razr nonetheless have a chin? The thick plastic “chin” on the backside of the telephone harks again to the unique Razr design, so rating one for nostalgia. More importantly, this chin homes the optical fingerprint reader (it really works with Google Pay), all of the antennas, the vibration motor, and GPS and Wi-Fi modules. It additionally offers you one thing to carry on to whereas watching video. Folded up, you’d by no means anticipate the Razr to have a 6.2-inch display screen.
Do you open up the telephone to speak? To provoke a name, sure, however for those who’re already on a name, you may shut it to maintain speaking — as long as you are on speakerphone, linked by means of Bluetooth or on a video name. Otherwise, the telephone closes out most apps. Music gamers are one other exception, and you’ll management tracks from the smaller exterior display screen. What’s it like to observe movies on the Razr? I watched a couple of YouTube movies. You’ll wish to do that horizontally: Depending on how the supply video is formatted, you would possibly crop off some heads for those who pinch and zoom to fill the display screen. Otherwise, you would possibly see black bars bordering the perimeters. For what it is price, Motorola calls the 21:9 display screen its Cinemavision show. How do you employ the cameras? There’s a 16-megapixel digital camera beneath the outside show and that is what you will use more often than not to take your photographs, selfies included. There are a couple of instruments to make selfie-taking simpler, and the upshot is that picture high quality may be greater than common. The 5-megapixel digital camera you see while you unfold the Razr will probably be used largely for video calls. You will not get a telephoto or wide-angle lens, however there’s software-assisted portrait mode in addition to Night Vision (and a time-of-flight sensor) for excessive low-light pictures. One of essentially the most promising instruments is snapping a selfie with the Razr fully closed.
What’s the guarantee like? Buy a Razr within the US and you will get round the clock tech help over chat. You can converse to a human on the telephone for a 14-hour-per-day window. Here’s the remainder of the wonderful print for Verizon clients (warranties could differ by nation):In the occasion that system or show failures happen, all Razr clients are supplied 24-hour turnaround and free superior alternate help with free next-day freight below Motorola’s customary guarantee. For show defects incurred throughout regular use we’re providing to restore or substitute units freed from cost by means of our customary guarantee coverage. For all different service required for circumstances that fall exterior of the guarantee or promotional phrases customers can have shows changed for $299. Motorola: Our foldable display screen is stronger than the Galaxy Fold My first query about any foldable telephone is “how strong is that screen?” — due to the Galaxy Fold’s litany of early display screen troubles, which resulted in a redesign and a four-month delay. The primary culprits plaguing Samsung’s design got here down to break by strain (e.g. urgent the display screen arduous sufficient to crush pixels), particles getting beneath the display screen, harm to the plastic materials by means of sharp objects (corresponding to a fingernail or ring) and pulling off the protecting prime coating. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is concerning the larger display screen, whereas Motorola’s Razr places portability first.
Like Samsung, Motorola makes use of a versatile plastic OLED show to carry pictures to life, and a kind of plastic coating on prime to guard the fragile electronics that make your display screen mild up. Since tougher supplies like versatile glass do not exist but (Gorilla Glass-maker Corning is engaged on it), all foldable telephones use some sort of plastic prime coating. In Motorola’s case, it is a polyamide coating, a variation on the ShatterShield know-how the corporate developed in 2011 for the Droid Razr collection. Motorola says that its expertise working with the fabric offers it an edge, together with a tougher coating than the Fold, which ought to make it extra proof against scratches. Steel plates behind the plastic OLED add construction and assist distribute any impression forces alongside the telephone’s size. We’ll check this declare. Biggest digital camera, battery and display screen trade-offs it is advisable to know I’ve by no means met an ideal telephone, and the Motorola Razr already reveals some trade-offs. The telephone’s primary 16-megapixel digital camera is an effective begin, however it lacks the telephoto and wide-angle lenses which have change into the hallmark of premium units. Meanwhile, the Galaxy Fold offers you six of them. I’m curious if and the way the display screen dimensions hamper video watching, gameplay, typing and studying over time. The keyboard is slim, however correct sufficient for me to make use of with out too many errors. I may additionally sort rapidly. People with bigger fingers could not really feel the identical. I used to be relieved that the chin did not get in the best way. Motorola is hoping to recapture the magic of its best-selling telephone ever.
There’s additionally a query mark over battery life. Motorola put a battery in either side of the Razr, for a mixed whole of two,500 mAh. That helps stability out the burden, however two separate batteries are sometimes much less environment friendly than one. Motorola says the battery will final a day. For reference, the Galaxy Fold battery provides as much as 4,380 mAh. One method the model retains battery drain in test is through the use of a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor as an alternative of the premium Snapdragon 855 chipset. Since the 710 chip’s peak speeds are slower than the 855’s, it will burn much less battery. The bodily chip dimension is smaller, too. You should not discover a distinction in most of your duties. Most apps on the exterior display screen do not open to the inner display screen. That’s a departure from the Galaxy Fold, whose 4.6-inch exterior show enables you to open any Android app after which choose up with it the place you left off while you open up the system. The Razr was initially going to launch with Android 9, however is now confirmed to make use of Android 10. It’s probably we’ll see extra shortcuts to journey from the small outer display screen to the 6.2-inch interior show. The Razr’s model of Android 10 means you’ll use widespread options corresponding to system-wide darkish mode. It’s not only a field. The Motorola Razr’s packaging doubles as a stand that may play music out its audio system.
Everything you get within the field Your unboxing expertise is about as much as be fairly memorable. Motorola has made a novel and crowd pleasing field with sharp corners, a tinted, clear prime and a speaker grille so you may play music by means of the field while you slot the telephone in it upright. It’s a memento for many who love them. The Motorola Razr field comes with:The Motorola Razr telephoneWipurple USB-C earbudsAn accent case that can even home your sun shades15-watt TurboPower chargerUSB-C cableHeadset adapter
Motorola Razr specs vs. the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X Motorola Razr vs. Galaxy Fold vs. Mate X
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Huawei Mate X
Display dimension, decision
Internal: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142x876p pixels (21:9) / External: 2.7-inch glass OLED, 800×600-pixels (4:3)
Internal: 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,152×1,536-pixels (plastic) / External: 4.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 1,680×720-pixels (Gorilla Glass 6)
Fully prolonged: 8-inch OLED (2,480 x 2,200) / Folded up, entrance: 6.6-inch (2,480 x 1,148 pixels) / Folded up, again: 6.38-inch (2,480 x 892);
373 ppi (inside display screen)
362 ppi (inside display screen)
414 ppi (expanded display screen)
Unfolded: 6.8×2.8×0.28 inches. Folded: 3.7×2.8×0.55 inches
Unfolded: 6.3×4.6×0.3 inches. Folded: 6.3×2.5×0.6 inches
Unfolded: 172×7 2×6.9mm. Folded: 94x72x14mm
Unfolded: 117.9x161x6.9mm ~ 7.6mm. Folded: 62.8x161x15.7mm ~ 17.1mm
Weight (Ounces, Grams)
7.2 oz; 205g
9.7 oz; 276g
Mobile software program
Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI
16-megapixel exterior (f/1.7, twin pixel AF), 5-megapixel inside
12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (extremely wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)
4 rear cameras
Front-facing digital camera
Same as primary 16-megapixel exterior
Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth
At least one
4K (HDR 10 Plus)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2.2GHz, octa-core)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
Kirin 980 processor
Below display screen
Foldable show, eSIM, Motorola gestures, splashproof
Foldable show, wi-fi charging, quick charging
Foldable show, quick charging
Price off-contract (USD)
Converts to about $2,600 (2,299 euros)
Converts to about £1,170
Converts to about £2,000
Converts to about AU$2,200
Converts to about AU$3,700
Originally printed earlier this month. Updated with gross sales date info.