The original Motorola Razr was launched more than a decade ago and when it launched, the hype was real. This is because back then, feature phones weren’t as stylishly designed, nor were they as thin compared to the Razr, at least back in the day.
The Razr has since been revisited in recent years and reimagined as a foldable phone. For fans of the Razr, you might be interested to learn that Motorola has officially taken the wraps off its later iteration in the form of the Razr+ (also known as the Razr 40 Ultra for global markets).
One of the biggest and most notable changes in the Razr+ over its predecessors would be its external display. Motorola has given it a massive upgrade, bumping it up to 3.6-inches where it basically takes up half of the phone’s outer shell. To leverage this new external display, Motorola will also be introducing new software experiences like Panels, which allows users to prioritize what they see. Users will also be able to customize it with new wallpapers and clock styles, play games, and for Spotify users, there will even be a dedicated Spotify panel.
Inside, the display has also been given an upgrade from 6.7-inches to 6.9-inches while boasting a refresh rate of up to 165Hz. Under the hood, this is where it is a little disappointing. The Razr+ is being powered by 2022’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset instead of the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2. This doesn’t mean that it won’t be capable or powerful, it’s just that for a 2023 flagship, we would have loved to see it use newer technology.
In the camera department, the Razr+ will feature a dual camera setup on the back with a 12MP main and a 13MP wide. One thing we should note is that the 2022 Razr actually came with a 50MP main, so on paper it sounds like the use of a 12MP sensor is a “downgrade”, but in reality your experience should be the same, if not better.
This is because Motorola has adopted a higher quality sensor with a larger pixel size. The Razr+ has a pixel size of 1.4µm, versus the 2022 Razr’s 1.0µm. This means that the pixels will be able to collect more light (more data) despite its resolution being lower. Plus, megapixels aren’t everything, especially since most of us upload photos to social media where they are compressed or viewed on small screens. The larger pixels also means that in theory, it should be able to snap better photos in low-light settings.
Last but not least, the Moto Razr+ will pack a 3,800mAh battery. This is actually smaller than the Razr 2023, but this is due to the inclusion of the larger external display which forced Motorola to make some compromises.
The Moto Razr+ will be available for pre-order in the US starting on the 16th of June where it will be priced at $999.99.