Motorola’s new Razr and Razr+ give Samsung its first major Z Flip competition

Leaked images of the next-generation Moto Razr first appeared in February, giving us our first look at the massive new coverage screen. Since then, we’ve learned a lot about the device, such as its marketing name and hardware specifications. The rumor also claimed that Motorola had two Razr phones in the pipeline, including a cheaper model with a smaller coverage screen. Motorola released a short video teasing the devices last month, and now they’ve finally taken the covers off the new Motorola Razr (2023) and Razr+ (2023).


Motorola Razr+ (2023): Flagship specs and massive screen coverage at 144Hz

The Razr+ (2023), called the Razr 40 Ultra in Europe and other regions, is the flagship device in Motorola’s Razr 2023 lineup. It offers premium hardware, a redesigned hinge, and an updated cover screen. While it doesn’t include Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 SoC, Motorola has packed it with the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset, 8GB LPDDR5 RAM, and 256GB UFS 3.1 storage, so it should perform just as well as the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.

The SoC powers a large 3.6-inch pOLED covering screen with a 144Hz refresh rate, which is far more capable than the covering screen on any clamshell phone we’ve seen to date. It supports custom panels that give you quick access to notifications, information from apps like Google News, weather and contacts, immersive games, and a dedicated Spotify panel. Additionally, Motorola has included a new apps panel in the cover screen software that allows you to use almost any app without opening the main fold-out display. Thanks to these improvements, the new Razr+ (2023) has the best cover screen on a flip phone, surpassing even that of Oppo’s Find N2 Flip.

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Along with an updated cover screen, the Razr+ (2023) features a new symmetrical design with a redesigned teardrop hinge. These changes ensure that “the phone folds completely in half, with the top and bottom edges aligned perfectly for a seamless and ultra-stylish look.” Motorola says the redesigned hinge mechanism is the first to feature dual-axis tracking, which minimizes system size. As a result, the Razr+ (2023) is the thinnest foldable on the market when closed. The updated hinge also makes the 6.9-inch FHD+ foldable display nearly wrinkle-free for a smoother look.

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Furthermore, Motorola has introduced a new dual camera system on the Razr+ (2023) consisting of a 12MP main camera with Dual Pixel PDAF, f/1.5 aperture and OIS. It is accompanied by a 13MP ultra-wide-angle shooter with a macro vision lens that allows for “wide-angle shots that fit 3x more into the frame than a standard lens.” The Razr+ (2023) packs a 32MP camera housed within a hole in the foldable display for selfies and video calling.

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The Razr+ (2023) also brings a couple of other improvements, including an improved audio experience with Dolby Atmos certification, an IP52 rating, Spatial Audio support, and a larger 3,800mAh battery with support for 30W wired and wireless charging. from 5 W. On the software front, the device runs Android 13 with some useful additions from Motorola, such as simple gestures, personalized entertainment settings and a number of security features such as Moto KeySafe, Moto Secure and ThinkShield.

Motorola Razr (2023): Perhaps the next best-selling foldable

The regular Razr (2023) appears to be Motorola’s attempt to bring foldable phones within reach of more buyers. It’s essentially a smaller version of the Razr+ (2023) with the same symmetrical design, updated teardrop hinge, and main display. However, it packs Qualcomm’s mid-range Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 SoC and a much smaller 1.5-inch OLED cover screen to keep the price down.

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The SoC is paired with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM and 128GB of UFS 2.2 storage, so its performance won’t be as good as the Plus model. W and 5W wireless, which should result in better battery life than the premium model.

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The phone also packs a 64MP primary camera instead of the 12MP shooter found on the Plus variant, but the 13MP ultra-wide-angle and 32MP selfie cameras remain unchanged. Like the Razr+ (2023), the regular model features Dolby Atmos-certified stereo speakers, Spatial Audio support, an IP52 rating, and Motorola’s unique Android 13 flavor.

Prices and availability

The Motorola Razr+ (2023) is priced at $999.99 and will be available for pre-order starting June 16 in three color options: Viva Magenta, Infinite Black and Glacier Blue. It will go on sale through AT&T, T-Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, Google Fi, Optimum Mobile, Best Buy, Amazon, and Motorola’s website starting June 23. The device will go on sale in Europe for €1,199.99 starting today.

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The Motorola Razr (2023) will also be available in three colors: Sage Green, Vanilla Cream and Summer Lilac. However, Motorola has yet to share details on the device’s pricing and availability. The company has only revealed that the cheaper model will be available in North America “in the coming months.” We will let you know as soon as we have more information.

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