Motorola Razr hands-on

GSMArena team, 18 Nov 2019.

Introduction

The long-rumored Motorola Razr may just be the foldable phone we all want simply because it's not a new concept at all. The Razr V3 wasn't just a phone, it was a landmark that defined the lifestyle of an entire generation of movies, TV shows, ads, and whatnot. But back in 2004, it was called a flip-phone.

Motorola Razr hands-on

Fifteen years later and the true successor is here and it may as well define the next generation of smartphones, the one with the foldable screens at least. While the Mate X and Galaxy Fold folded a tablet into a phone, the Razr folds a regular phone into this small peculiar blast from the past. And it seems to have worked out great.

Motorola Razr hands-on

The concept was here all along and we are glad Motorola decided bring it back to life. The Motorola Razr is quite like the Razr V3 but with modern hardware and a foldable OLED inside.

The magic inside the new Razr happens on a 6.2" foldable P-OLED screen with 373ppi. It occupies most of the internal part of the Razr though there is a notch for the earpiece, and there is a bottom part that holds the antennas and the fingerprint sensor.

Motorola Razr hands-on

The Razr is powered by the Snapdragon 710 - surely not the flagship chipset you'd expect into a 1500 smartphone, but it should be more than enough for what the Razr was made, and yet gaming should not be of an issue.

Motorola Razr specs

  • Body: foldable water-repellent design, glass and metal back, stainless steel frame; Noir Black only.
  • Size: 94 x 72 x 14mm folded, 172 x 72 x 6.9mm unfolded, 205g.
  • Screen: foldable 6.2" P-OLED, 876 x 2,142 px, 373ppi, large notch; secondary 2.7" G-OLED 800 x 600 px.
  • Chipset: Snapdragon 710 (10nm): Octa-core CPI - 2x2.2 GHz Kryo 360 Gold & 6x1.6 GHz Kryo 360 Silver; Adreno 616 GPU.
  • Memory: 6GB RAM, 128GB storage.
  • OS: (vanilla) Android 9.0 Pie.
  • Rear camera: Main: 16MP, f/1.7, dual-pixel PDAF, dual-LED flash; 2160p video recording; Secondary: ToF camera
  • Front camera: 5MP, f/2.0.
  • Battery: 2,510mAh, 15W charging.
  • Connectivity: eSIM only, LTE-A, Wi-Fi ac, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC, USB-C.
  • Misc: front-mounted fingerprint sensor.

There are some notable omissions on the Razr like a flagship chipset, a microSD, an audio jack, and most importantly - a SIM slot. Relying only on eSIM severely limits the Razr's potential reach but with that price and exclusivity, we guess it was meant to be a limited edition anyway.

We spent some time with the Razr today and our first impressions are in.

Reader comments

  • Ryanide

Fingerprint magnet? So was the Moto Razr's sibling, the Krzr. I've owned both back then, and this newer phone reminds me of both of the older phones rolled into one. Once the screen begins to slows folds, people might begin ditching the expen...

  • Bill

I had an original Razr. Never again! I thought I'd like it, but I found the form factor to be very annoying in daily usage. There's something to be said for having a device at the ready immediately upon removing it from one's pocket or lifting it fro...

  • Anonymous

How is this phone any different from a $1000 iPhone..??