Motorola was one of the quickest in the industry to release a foldable device with the launch of the RAZR in 2020. They followed up that initial release with a slightly improved RAZR 5G model later that year, but then kept quiet about foldable devices and have not thrown out. another since then. That will apparently change in 2022 with a third generation RAZR.
According to a report from 91 Mobile, a third-generation Motorola Razr is coming this summer and can be seen in the images below. These leaked images show parts of the phone in folded and unfolded states, with a design quite different from the original releases that tried to play off the iconic Razr design.
This new Razr looks a lot more like the Galaxy Z Flip line of those Razr devices from 2020 and that’s probably a good thing. While those 2020 releases certainly brought back those old-school Razr vibes, the phone was a disaster in terms of usability. In my review, I called it the nastiest phone I’ve ever used. This squarer design, without the annoying chin, should make it a more practical phone for everyday use.
This new Razr (3rd generation), codenamed “Maven”, will sport a 50MP main sensor dual rear camera setup along with a 13MP macro lens. Inside, it will run a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset and sport a rear-mounted fingerprint reader, a Full HD (1080p) display, and a 32MP internal selfie camera. There was reportedly a plan to release multiple versions, including another with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ chip, but that chip has yet to be released. For memory, there should be options of 8GB or 12GB of RAM and 256GB or 512GB of storage.
Apparently, this new Razr is scheduled to launch in China in July or August, followed by a global launch. The Razr (3rd generation) is expected to arrive in two color options: Quartz Black and Calm Blue. Expect a premium price tag too.
Is this a phone someone is asking for? my instinct tells me not, but the Z Flip line is so successful that Motorola would probably be foolish not to give it another chance. I’m just not sure I believe in the Razr line yet, even after a 2-year gap between those two below-average releases. Motorola has a lot of work to do with this model to convince us that they have done it right.