It’s been virtually three months since I folded the Motorola Razr in half for the primary time. Back in November, the Razr was hands-down the very best designed, most utterly thought-out foldable cellphone I had seen. To be honest, that is a small group, comprising the Galaxy Fold (and forthcoming Galaxy Z Flip), the Huawei Mate X, the Royole FlexPai and some prototypes and idea gadgets. Over the course of the crisp fall day I spent at Motorola’s Chicago headquarters, I started to fall a little bit bit in love with the Razr’s design, particularly the way it softly snaps shut from prime to backside, one facet mendacity flat on prime of the opposite, and not using a 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 had but to determine. The Motorola Razr went on sale within the US on Feb. 6 for $1,500. (For reference, the 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max prices roughly the identical value. It converts to about £1,170 or AU$2,200.) Verizon is the unique US service… eternally, however the Razr will even promote on Motorola.com and in choose Walmart shops. You’ll nonetheless want to rearrange service via Verizon. Canada will even carry the Razr. Globally, the Razr will promote in choose European international locations, Australia, Argentina, Mexico, Brazil and choose Asian markets.Let’s brush up on the Motorola Razr’s options, what the foldable cellphone 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 cellphoneIn getting down to create a foldable cellphone that doubles the display screen dimension whereas maintaining the physique sufficiently small to pocket, Motorola has faithfully up to date the model’s most iconic, best-selling cellphone ever. This new Razr is wider, heavier and absolutely stocked with options match for 2020. 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 News Executive Editor Roger Cheng says, the foldable Razr offers Motorola an opportunity to stage its comeback in a flashy approach that is not possible to disregard.We’re not on the level but the place utilizing one foldable cellphone 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 believed you may need.How’s the display screen? I’ll provide the brief reply right here and an extended reply within the part slightly below: It’s product of plastic and I have never had an opportunity to check its sturdiness but, nevertheless 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 gentle 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 cellphone, 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 long run.
How tall is the Razr? Does it really feel unwieldy or overly lengthy? The 6.2-inch display screen is tall, but in addition slender, 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 along with your thumb. It works higher than most telephones one-handed. How nicely does it actually match into your pocket? Smaller entrance pockets is likely to be a squeeze, however I had no downside slipping it into the again of my skinny denims. It simply match into my jacket pocket and purse’s cellphone pocket. Is there a display screen on the skin like there may be 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 have the ability to sort on it (that is for the very best), however you may reply via canned messages or your voice. You can use it to see what you appear to be in selfies (see beneath). The Motorola Razr’s chin helps hold the edges slim by storing the cellphone’s bulkier components in that base.
How sturdy is it to open and shut? I can really feel the hinge pressure 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 edges collectively. My thumb received drained after a day of opening it one-handed, however utilizing two arms felt simply as pure. This won’t be a difficulty with brawnier thumbs. Can you see a crease? Yes, nevertheless it’s slender and fewer pronounced than on the Galaxy Fold. You can really feel it for those who rub your finger alongside the seam, nevertheless it’s extra delicate than on the Galaxy Fold. Why does the Razr nonetheless have a chin? The thick plastic “chin” on the backside of the cellphone 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 cellphone 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 via Bluetooth or on a video name. Otherwise, the cellphone closes out most apps. Music gamers are one other exception, and you’ll management tracks from the smaller outdoors display screen. What’s it like to look at movies on the Razr? I watched just a few YouTube movies. You’ll need 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 edges. 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 digicam beneath the outside show and that is what you will use more often than not to take your photographs, selfies included. There are just a few instruments to make selfie-taking simpler, and the upshot is that picture high quality is likely to be larger than common. The 5-megapixel digicam you see if you unfold the Razr might 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 photographs. One of probably the most promising instruments is snapping a selfie with the Razr utterly closed.
What’s the guarantee like? Buy a Razr within the US and you will get round the clock tech assist over chat. You can converse to a human on the cellphone for a 14-hour-per-day window. Here’s the remainder of the positive print for Verizon prospects (warranties could range by nation):In the occasion that gadget or show failures happen, all Razr prospects are supplied 24-hour turnaround and free superior alternate assist with free next-day freight below Motorola’s customary guarantee. For show defects incurred throughout regular use we’re providing to restore or exchange gadgets freed from cost via our customary guarantee coverage. For all different service required for circumstances that fall outdoors of the guarantee or promotional phrases shoppers can have shows changed for $299. Motorola: Our foldable display screen is stronger than the Galaxy Fold My first query about any foldable cellphone is “how strong is that screen?” — because of the Galaxy Fold’s litany of early display screen troubles, which resulted in a redesign and a four-month delay. The major culprits plaguing Samsung’s design got here down to break by strain (e.g. urgent the display screen exhausting sufficient to crush pixels), particles getting beneath the display screen, harm to the plastic materials via sharp objects (reminiscent of a fingernail or ring) and pulling off the protecting prime coating. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is in regards to the greater display screen, whereas Motorola’s Razr places portability first.
Like Samsung, Motorola makes use of a versatile plastic OLED show to convey photographs to life, and a kind of plastic coating on prime to guard the fragile electronics that make your display screen gentle 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 expertise 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 cellphone’s size. We’ll take a look at this declare. Biggest digicam, battery and display screen trade-offs you’ll want to know I’ve by no means met an ideal cellphone, and the Motorola Razr already exhibits some trade-offs. The cellphone’s major 16-megapixel digicam is an effective begin, nevertheless it lacks the telephoto and wide-angle lenses which have turn out to be the hallmark of premium gadgets. 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 slender, however correct sufficient for me to make use of with out too many errors. I might 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 cellphone ever.
There’s additionally a query mark over battery life. Motorola put a battery in each side of the Razr, for a mixed whole of two,500 mAh. That helps steadiness 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 approach the model retains battery drain in test is by utilizing 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’s going to 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 interior display screen. That’s a departure from the Galaxy Fold, whose 4.6-inch exterior show allows you to open any Android app after which decide up with it the place you left off if you open up the gadget. The Razr was initially going to launch with Android 9, however is now confirmed to make use of Android 10. It’s possible 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 in style options reminiscent of 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 singular and attention-grabbing field with sharp corners, a tinted, clear prime and a speaker grille so you may play music via the field if you slot the cellphone in it upright. It’s a souvenir for many who love them. The Motorola Razr field comes with:The Motorola Razr cellphoneWicrimson USB-C earbudsAn accent case that will even home your sun shades15-watt TurboPower chargerUSB-C cableHeadset adapter
Motorola Razr specs vs. its rivalsMotorola Razr vs. Galaxy Fold vs. Mate X
Samsung Galaxy Fold
Huawei Mate X
Display dimension, decision
Internal: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142×876 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 (2,480×2,200) / Folded up, entrance: 6.6-inch (2,480×1,148 pixels) / Folded up, again: 6.38-inch (2,480×892)
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
Same as major 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 revealed final 12 months and up to date regularly.