Motorola Razr (2023) review Underwhelming midrange foldable.

Motorola Razr (2023) review Underwhelming midrange foldable.

The Moto Razr: A Budget-Friendly Folding Phone That Falls Short

Moto Razr

Motorola’s latest offering in the foldable phone market, the Moto Razr, aims to capture budget-conscious consumers with its lower price point. Priced at £800 in the UK (approximately $1,025), it presents an affordable alternative to its pricier sibling, the Razr+. However, with its limitations in screen size and camera performance, it begs the question: what compromises do you really make with a cheaper foldable phone?

Design and Displays

The Moto Razr shares the same body and internal flexible 6.9-inch display as its pricier counterpart, the Razr+. The foldable screen boasts a crisp 413 pixels per inch and up to 1,400 nits of brightness, making it truly flagship-worthy. However, the budget-friendly Razr falls short in terms of its smaller 1.5-inch external panel, which is noticeably smaller than Samsung’s Z Flip series. Additionally, the Razr’s external screen takes up only about 20% of the lower front, leaving much to be desired compared to its sibling’s 3.6-inch external screen. Despite these shortcomings, the Razr impresses with its vegan faux leather texture and sleek design, folding completely closed without any visible gaps. It also offers an IP52 rating for some basic protection against splashes and light rain.

Moto Razr External Screen

The limited functionality of the Razr’s external display is apparent, offering basic phone functions, weather forecasts, and calendar views. Its utility shines when using the exterior cameras for selfies, with quick access to the camera app and various modes. However, it fails to compare to Samsung’s Z Flip series, which offers more on its external screen. Overall, the Razr’s displays, though impressive in certain aspects, leave something to be desired, especially in comparison to its competitors.

Performance and Software

Powered by a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chip, the Razr’s performance falls in the midrange category. While it may lag slightly when handling more demanding tasks like video editing, it manages to complete them eventually. However, one area where the Razr excels is its battery life. Sporting a 4,200mAh battery, it outperforms its sibling, the Razr+, and even last year’s Z Flip 4, lasting over 18 hours in a video rundown test. It also supports fast charging at 30W, allowing for a quick 100% charge in under an hour. Though lacking reverse charging capabilities, the Razr offers solid battery performance at an affordable price point.

Moto Razr Charging

Unfortunately, the software experience on the Razr falls short. Limited customization options and a lack of additional features make it feel outdated compared to its competitors. Motorola has shown its capability for more with the Razr+, which makes the software limitations of the Razr even more disappointing.

Cameras

One of the major differences between the Moto Razr and Razr+ lies in their camera capabilities. While the Razr+ features a pair of 12MP cameras similar to the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip series, the standard Razr opts for a 13MP wide-angle lens alongside a 64MP primary lens with optical image stabilization. However, despite these promising specifications, the Razr fails to deliver in camera performance. In comparison to the Razr+ and even last year’s Galaxy Flip 4, the Razr’s image quality falls short. The ultra-fast and accurate laser auto-focus touted by Motorola doesn’t live up to expectations, especially in video mode. Furthermore, the 64MP sensor doesn’t provide notable improvements in detail compared to its pricier counterparts. Overall, the Razr’s camera performance is underwhelming and lacks the wow factor present in other devices.

Wrap-up

While the Moto Razr presents itself as a budget-friendly foldable phone, it ultimately falls short in several key areas. Its limited external display and disappointing camera performance make it difficult to justify its price tag, especially considering the availability of discounted options like Samsung’s Z Flip 4. Motorola has yet to announce pricing and launch details for the Razr in the US, but if it were to be priced at $800 or lower, it may find a more receptive audience. However, in a market that is constantly evolving, the Moto Razr may struggle to keep up with the competition.