(Pocket-lint) – Motorola chose not to refresh its foldable Razr phone in 2021, instead, waiting until 2022 to bring us a drastic update. This means it’s been a long while since we’ve seen an entry into the Razr lineup and, understandably, Moto fans are excited about the latest version.
Motorola Razr 2022 release date and price
- China launch in August 2022
- UK launch announced 25 October 2022
The Razr 2022 was launched in China first, back in August. A global launch announcement followed on 25 October. While the actual on-sale date was never shared, the phone is already available to order on Amazon in some markets.
In China, the Razr 2022 retails for between 5,999 CNY (about $890) and 7,299 CNY (about $1,085) depending on the configuration. In the UK, the phone has a recommended retail price of £949, which is significanly lower than the previous Razr, making it much more affordable, although still not cheap.
- No chin
- Power button fingerprint sensor
- Only available in Quartz/Satin Black initially
The design has changed quite significantly since the last generation. Deviating from the classic retro looks and becoming more akin to the popular Samsung Galaxy Z Flip.
The distinctive chin has been removed, allowing the inner display to extend to the entire length of the device.
The fingerprint sensor has moved, too, now residing on the power button. On the last phone, it was situated on the rear, whereas the original Razr placed it on the chin. In our experience, neither placement was ideal, so this could prove to be a much more convenient location.
The Razr 2022 is available in Quartz/Satin Black only at launch, though, we hope to see other colours later. Some rumours said there would be a blue variant, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see one appearing at a later date.
- 6.67-inch foldable display
- FHD+ resolution
- 2.65-inch or 3-inch external display
The interior display size has increased on the Razr 2022, it features a 6.7-inch foldable display, up from 6.2-inches on the Razr 5G. It has a resolution of 2400 x 1080 and a refresh rate of 144Hz.
Rumours had us expecting the exterior display to be 3-inches, but it isa 2.65-inch display with 800 x 573 resolution.
The internal display features a hole-punch camera cutout, rather than the sizable notch found on the Razr 5G.
Hardware and specs
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
- 8GB or 12GB RAM
- 128GB / 256GB / 512GB Storage options
- 3500mAh battery
The Razr 2022 runs on the latest and greatest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, along with up to 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
All models run on the same SoC but you can configure the RAM and storage to your liking with options starting from 8GB RAM and 128GB storage.
It’s nice to see proper flagship specs on the new Razr as the mid-tier processor was a pain point on previous models.
The battery capacity has been bumped up to 3500 mAh, a significant jump on the Razr 5G’s 2800mAh. However, it’s a little bit smaller than the Z Flip 4‘s 3700 mAh offering.
- 50MP f/1.8 primary camera with OIS
- 13MP ultrawide f/2.2
- 32MP punch-hole selfie camera
For cameras, we’ve got a 50-megapixel main shooter with an f/1.8 aperture and OIS, this is complemented by a 13-megapixel ultrawide.
The selfie camera is 32 megapixels with an f/2.45 aperture, and as we mentioned, it’s a hole-punch design, rather than a notch.
The camera on previous models was another weak spot, so we’re glad to see Motorola steps things up with this generation. The Razr 5G only had a solitary snapper with a 48MP sensor.
Motorola Razr 2022 rumours: What happened?
This is everything we heard about the Motorola Razr 2022 before it was officially revealed.
25 October 2022: Moto Razr 2022 gets international launch
Motorola announced that the Razr 2022 will come to international markets, and cost just £949 in the UK.
5 August 2022: Moto Razr 2022 and X30 Pro launch back on, here’s the new date
Lenovo Mobile China’s GM, Chen Jin, posted a teaser image on Weibo showing the Razr 2022 with an analogue clock on its outer display. The clock has the date “Thursday 11” displayed in Chinese and is set to 2 o’clock, which presumably equates to 2 pm CST.
2 August 2022: Motorola cancels its Razr 2022 and X30 Pro launch event
The move means that we still don’t have full details of either phone, and there hasn’t exactly been a clear answer as to why the delay has happened.
29 July 2022: Moto Razr 2022 and X30 Pro TENAA listings re-affirm specs ahead of launch
This virtually confirms the Razr will feature a larger screen than its predecessor, bringing it up to the size of a standard smartphone display.
23 July 2022: Motorola Razr launch date gets confirmed – and it’s before Samsung’s next event
It appears that Motorola will be revealing its device before Samsung does, with confirmation of an event in China on 2 August.
13 July 2022: Motorola teases the Razr 2022 ahead of launch
The GM of Lenovo Mobile China shared some images on Weibo and Motorola posted a short teaser video, also on Weibo. The posts revealed that the device will be sold as the Razr 2022, whereas it had previously been referred to as the Razr 3.
21 June 2022: Razr 3 battery specs leak
A leak has suggested that the Motorola Razr 3 will have a 2800mAh battery.
17 June 2022: New leak reveals Motorola Razr 3 pricing and colour options
Supposedly, the Razr 3 will retail for €1,149 in Europe – a significant drop compared to its predecessor’s €1,339 MSRP. It will only be available in Quartz Black at launch.
23 May 2022: Moto Razr 3 to be equipped with flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor?
In its teaser – shared on Weibo by its general manager – the poster has a simple message ‘Hello Moto, hello Snapdragon 8+’, with what looks like the silhouette of a folding smartphone beneath it.
9 May 2022: The Motorola Razr 3 will have bigger screens, inside and out
Notable display industry analyst, Ross Young, says we can expect both screens on the Razr to increase in size, with the internal screen now set to match that found on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
9 May 2022: Could this be our first glimpse of the Motorola Razr 3?
A pair of images have surfaced depicting what looks like the next Motorola Razr phone.
28 March 2022: Moto Razr 3 could come with 512GB of storage
In a post to the social media site, Weibo, one of the company’s executives shared that it intends to launch more Moto phones with 512GB storage this year, specifically citing foldable devices.
11 January 2022: Motorola Razr 3 could run on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
An XDA developers story reveals that the next Razr could feature flagship processing power.
20 December 2021: A Motorola Razr 3 foldable phone is in the works, Lenovo exec confirms
Motorola is working on a Motorola Razr 3, as confirmed by a Lenovo executive Chen Jin on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
Writing by Luke Baker. Editing by Cam Bunton.