The Motorola Razr name has been around for many years, but in 2019 the company revived its classic flip phone to incorporate a folding display. Now the Razr 2022 is here to take on the likes of Samsung, Xiaomi and Huawei in the foldable phone market.
While it’s similar to the 2022 Razr 5G, it comes with a range of design tweaks and hardware upgrades – one of which you can’t find on any other folding phone. Here’s all the information you need to know about the Razr 2022 including release date, price and specs.
When is the Motorola Razr 2022 release date?
Launching in China on 15 AugustOther markets yet to be confirmed
Now we’ve had the official launch for the Razr 2022, as well as the X30 Pro, (despite the 2 Aug even getting cancelled at the last minute) we can let you know that the phone has a release date of 15 August in China.
For now, the Razr 2022 is exclusive to China but is expected to launch in other markets in the coming months. Considering the other Razr models, including the original Motorola Razr, were available globally, it would be understandable to assume this will be the same for the latest model.
A launch outside of China looks like it might be happening soon. Evan Blass has posted a thread of images of the Razr 2022 with the interface in English language. When and where remains to be seen.
There are perhaps clues in the images as the WhatsApp chat mentions “Portland” and “the state” presumably referring to Oregon. The date Tuesday 3 April appears to reference the day in 1973 when a Motorola engineer made a phone call using a DynaTAC. Either that, or the Razr isn’t launching until 2019 when the next 3 April falls on a Tuesday.
How much does the Motorola Razr 2022 cost?
Here’s the official pricing for the Razr 2022 in China with conversions for US dollar and British pound:
8GB RAM + 128GB storage – ¥5,999 (Approx $890/£730)8GB RAM + 256GB storage – ¥6,499 (Approx $965/£790)12GB RAM + 512GB storage – ¥7,299 (Approx $1,080/£885)
This means, as expected, the phone is a lot cheaper than its predecessor which cost $1,399/£1,399. At least, based on the converted figures. It’s also cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, which starts at $999/£999.
What are the Motorola Razr 2022 specs?
Updated square design with no chin6.7in OLED 144Hz screen2.7in front screen50Mp main cameraSnapdragon 8+ Gen 1Up to 12GB RAM and 512GB storage
Now the phone has been officially announced, we have all the specs and other details you need.
Starting with the screens, the internal one is 6.7in P-OLED as rumours suggested. This means the iconic chin design (available in black or white) is no more in order to fit the larger display. It’s a 10-bit panel with HDR10+ support, DC dimming and 144Hz refresh rate; that’s higher than the predicted 120Hz and makes it the highest refresh rate on any foldable to date.
A gapless folding design minimised the crease and the internal teardrop shape when the phone is closed has a radius of 3.3mm.
The Razr’s hinge design means it can be held open in different positions with the screen split in two for different tasks. This also allows the cameras to be used while the phone is resting on a flat surface in ‘tripod’ mode.
Turning to the outer screen, this is seemingly still 2.7in (although not the rumoured 3in) and offers nine widgets for different tasks and, of course, can be used for taking selfies.
For said selfies, you’ll be able to use the 50Mp main camera which has OIS. It’s got a 1/1.55in sensor with 1.0µm pixels (2.0µm with 4-in-1 binning). There’s also a 13Mp ultrawide with a 121 degree view and autofocus, meaning it can handle macro shots at a distance of 2.8cm.
Open the Razr 2022 up and there’s a punch-hole 32Mp camera available.
Moving to internal specs and after mid-range chips Motorola has opted for the top-of-the-line Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 to power the phone alone with 8- or 12GB of RAM.
Then there is 128-, 256- or 512GB of storage (possible market dependent) with only the largest pairing with 12GB of RAM.
When it comes to the battery, we’re happy to report that it’s been increased to 3500mAh (up from 2800mAh) and charging is also faster at 33W.
In terms of connectivity, you get Dual-SIM, 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, GPS, NFC and a USB-C port. Once again, there is a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
Finally, software comes in the form of Android 12, with Motorola’s MyUI 4.0 skin. This supports Ready For 3.5, meaning users can connect it to an external display for a desktop experience.
Also check out our guide to the best phones coming in 2022 and best phones to see which models are worthy of your attention.