FORBES: New Motorola Razr Foldable Phone Ready To Fight Samsung In Surprise New Image

The 3D render comes from leaker Evan Blass, who has a long-standing record of accuracy, and shows what the new foldable phone will look like.

It looks like Motorola’s foldable Razr phone will have a successor this year according to a new image leak. 

By Jay McGregor

The 3D render comes from leaker Evan Blass, who has a long-standing record of accuracy, and shows what the new foldable phone will look like. What’s immediately clear from the below picture is that the clamshell shape returns, as does the boxy notch on the display. 

The chin at the bottom of the device, however, is slightly smaller and it appears the phone doesn’t have to be fully extended to be used. Instead the display supports itself at a certain angle (with no visible gap between display and the body) – just like the Galaxy Z Flip. The device and display also looks wider, but that may be just a quick of the image. 

The new Motorola Razr will be 5G ready.
The new Motorola Razr has some small design changes. EVAN BLASS

What’s really interesting though is the large camera bump on the secondary Quick View display – it looks a lot more pronounced. It almost looks like the camera has a lens protector that slides over the top of it, which would be an odd design decision – but the image isn’t clear enough to properly tell. 

Outside of the small small design changes, there’s one key difference: 5G connectivity. Little information has been shared by Blass outside of this image and its name: the Motorola Razr 2020 5G, or Motorola “Odyssey”. But the inclusion of 5G likely means a new chip, although it’s not clear if that’s Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 or 865 chipset. I’d wager it’s the former (an upper mid-tier chip) since the original Razr was powered by a mid-range 710 processor. 

Other leaked specifications have pointed towards a larger 2,845 mAh battery a new 48MP rear camera, 20MP selfie camera, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. On an actual release date, a Motorola executive let slip on the Reframed Podcast that September could be the months we see it announced. 

But, based on this image, it appears that Motorola is rereleasing the Razr with improved specifications rather than launching a true successor, just as Samsung is doing with the Galaxy Z Flip 5G that lands next month. 

There’s probably a good few reasons for this, the delayed launch date of the original Razr (initially December 2019 but launched in February 2020) put the 4G foldable phone up against a number of 5G ready phones, which are rapidly decreasing in price. An upgrade to include faster internet speeds to stay somewhat competitive makes sense. 

I also suspect Motorola has a lot more planned for the Razr’s true successor. Namely a new – more durable – display that could use something similar to Samsung’s ultra thin glass technology – alongside a more top-end processor and improved cameras, such as the 108MP sensor in company’s flagship Motorola Edge Plus. More

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Jay McGregor

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