Motorola Razr: An upgrade years in the making


When the last Motorola Razr was around, I did not own a phone. Since then, we have seen exponential growth in the realm of handheld technology. And more recently, a few companies venturing into the concept of foldable smartphones. A result of this is the reincarnation of the new Motorola Razr.

Premium unboxing experience

Different from your typical smartphone, the Motorola Razr comes in a triangular box. By raising the lid, you get to see the smartphone which is upright along with an accessory case, that can also double as a case for your sunglasses too. Included with the phone are some braided Razr earbuds and tips, a braided Type-A to Type-C USB cable and a Motorola 15W Turbo Charger.

Do you like that Motorola’s box offers more than just the conventional?

In addition to this, the box itself has some use. Once emptied, it can actually be used as a boombox speaker. The small holes at the bottom of the box help with this and the phone can naturally be propped up. It would have been even cooler if the box could be plugged into a socket to wirelessly charge the device in the process too. But maybe the next generation Razr will do that.

A familiar yet refreshing design

The Razr, when folded is extremely compact. It comes with a 2.7-inch glass OLED touchscreen display on the outside. This is useful for glancing at notifications, controlling brightness and toggling your settings. When launching the camera, it can also double as a viewfinder.

The large secondary display could be useful for a lot of people

But the real magic happens when the phone is unfolded, with a 6.2-inch 21:9 plastic OLED panel. Because of Motorola’s unique hinge, the screen does not crease. And folding and unfolding the device feels robust, so much so that you can slam the Razr shut. That being said, the plastic display does exhibit a few frailties especially during folding where a gap opens up. Over long term use, dust could get into this opening which may hinder the display’s performance.

Sunlight legibility for the display is below par

Aside from this though, the tall form factor of the device may also need a bit of adaptation. For instances such as typing, a small adjustment is required and also when reaching for the power and volume buttons. On the right side, the buttons are small for people with small hands, they are hard to reach. However, being a Razr, you are more than likely to close the phone shut than reaching for the power button so we will excuse Motorola on that front.

You may need time to get used to the phone’s 21:9 aspect ratio

Otherwise, you find the typical inclusions. There is a Type-C USB port for charging and a loudspeaker. In addition, you also find a pretty responsive fingerprint scanner housed on the front lip of the smartphone. And for the adventurers out there, Motorola does state that the phone is splash proof but we have not tested the extent of that just yet.

Hardware and software package

Inside, the phone is equipped with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 octa-core processor and 6GB RAM. You also get 128GB of storage and if you look at that from an overall standpoint, it is not high-end. But in spite of this, the phone will be able to handle most daily usage just fine. This is particularly helped by Motorola’s lean skin, based on Android 9.0 Pie.

Retro mode is a good way to relive fond memories from the past

The familiar Motorola features and gestures are all baked into the phone and so too is a retro mode for the smartphone. This allows you to relive the old-generation Moto Razr which may be nostalgic to a lot of users. Aside from this though, it is the complete smartphone. There is a rather modest 16MP camera on the device as well as a 5MP one, both of which we are yet to test. Whereas the battery on board comes with a slightly lower than usual 2,510mAh capacity.

Pricing and availability

Unlike other foldable smartphones, the Motorola Razr is more affordable and is the company’s first entry into this market segment. The smartphone is available to pre-order starting February 9 and we look forward to getting our hands on it again as soon as possible for further testing.