The Motorola Razr name has been around for many years, but in 2019 the company revived the classic flip phone with a folding screen.
The first model was followed by the 5G version in 2020, but we haven’t heard much about a potential successor since then. Now one looks on the road, so what should we expect from the Motorola Razr 2022? This is all the news and rumors we have found so far
When will the next Motorola Razr be released?
After the first two generations of silence, there were some doubts that Motorola was abandoning the Razr models. However, Lenovo General Manager Chen Jin, who is in charge of Motorola’s smartphones, recently shared the following statements on Weibo (translated from Chinese via Google Translate)
Once upon a time, on November 14, 2019, Motorola introduced the new Razr. As the industry’s first vertical folding screen smartphone, it has once again led the industry’s innovation.
Developed independently by the Lenovo Research Institute, the star orbital hinge technology was the only flawless and wrinkle-free hinge technology in the world at that time. I think innovation has always been the driving force of the industry.
We hope that we do not whistle, we take more measures, including the silent preparation for the third generation Razr foldable screen phone: better chip computing power, better human-machine interface and, of course, a more atmospheric look. This product, we are doing our part, will be the first product sold in the Chinese market! ”
Although we know that Motorola is currently working on a new generation Razr, at the time of writing there is no official release date. So we need to look at previous models to give us some tips. This is when they debuted
Frankly, we didn’t see a new Razr in the fall of 2021, so Motorola will use a new release window, or it means that the new Razr will come at the same time as its predecessors, but with a two-year break. – How long will the expected Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 last?
How much will the Motorola Razr 2022 cost?
As of the release date, there is no official price for the Motorola Razr 2022, so let’s start with the initial versions again. Here is the price when they are released
Motorola Razr – £1,499/$1,499/€1,599
Motorola Razr 5G – £1,399/$1,399/€1,499
The Motorola Razr was one of the first devices to have a folding display, and this can be seen in the amazing prices of the first two generations. These themselves can be compared to their Samsung Galaxy Z Flip counterparts, which started at such prices, but dropped to £ 949 / $ 999 / € 1,049 / € 84,999, which is more acceptable for the Samsung Galaxy Flip 3.
If Motorola wants the new Razr to be successful, it has to live up to those numbers, as Samsung has indeed left its mark on the new flip-phone space.
What about the 2022 Motorola Razr specification and design?
Almost nothing is known about the features of the new generation Motorola Razr. However, Chen Jin’s above-mentioned article points to several things. It’s about the “more advanced chip computing power” we expect from any new flagship device.
The Motorola Razr 5G is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 5G, a solid-state chip, but not the same as the 800 series, which has formed the basis of most premium devices over the past few years. Hopefully, Motorola will adopt the new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 platform this year, or at least use last year’s Snapdragon 888.
The 8th Gen 1 is what XDA Developers predicted in one of the first leaks for the device. Sources at the site say it will be combined with 6GB, 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 128GB, 256GB or 512GB of memory.
This second storage option was first confirmed by Lenovo’s CEO Chen Jin in another post on Weibo. He said Motorola’s sales of the 512GB S30 Champion Edition “exceeded our expectations”, adding that “the next new product, including the new folding screen mobile phones, will be a 512GB version that will surprise everyone.”
The same XDA Developers report says the main screen will be 6.7 inches – larger than the previous 6.2-inch panel – and is believed to be 120 Hz, Full HD + AMOLED. At the top of this screen will be a selfie camera with a small centered aperture, which is expected to be 32Mp.
The main rear camera will probably be combined with a 50Mp and 13Mp ultra wide lens.
Finally, while the details are not yet clear, you can expect a kind of external display to return, and support for both NFC and UWB – aka ultra-broadband, deployment technology that engages the Apple AirTag tracker, as well as smart features. home programs.
Another element mentioned in the Weibo article is the “better human-machine interface”, which can mean a software experience. The Razr 5G was shipped with Android 10 using Motorola’s usually clean and simple Android skin, so it was a good start. It is not yet clear whether Jin is talking about the potential use of Android 12 or the new Lenovo / Motorola version of this OS. Of course, we are at the mercy of translations here, so it can also refer to the physical design of the device.
Perhaps my favorite part of the post is Jin’s latest development, which he concludes as a “more atmospheric look.” We’re not sure what that means, but if it’s a great new design for the job, it would be nice, even if the Razr 5G is already a very nice device.
One external possibility is that Motorola plans to adopt a design that appears in a recent patent. The patented design, discovered by MySmartPrice, is for a folding flip phone to keep the screen out when the phone is closed.
This is similar to the hooded version of the first generation Huawei Mate X, which also folds to the side. Huawei (probably reasonably far) has moved away from this design, but only partially wants to have an outside screen with scratches and other damage. As surprising as this design may be, we hope it’s not what Motorola used for the next Razr.
We will update this article as soon as more news arrives. Therefore, be sure to check it periodically. In the meantime, take a look at our guide to the best phones and the best phones to come in 2022 to see which models are worth your attention.