Last year, Motorola announced an interesting phone that was the epitome of taking advantage of the smartphone’s nostalgia. It was the new Razr, but as you probably already know, it changed things to keep up with modern trends by adding its 6.2-inch folding display. Just about six months after this phone finally began shipping – and suffered a lot of unfavorable comparisons to Samsung’s performance in its reviews – it now has a successor called the Moto Razr 5G. Here’s what people have been saying so far about this …
Only a few stores – a very unusual choice, I might add – actually have units on hand at the time of writing. I think they do a good enough job of telling us what we need to know.
The hinge of the Razr 5G is still estimated to be at least 200,000 times or about five years of use, but Motorola has made some changes to it. The biggest difference is that the clasp is a little stronger than the previous model, and feels more like an old school hinge Razr. It also does not pop out when folded. And unlike the latest model, we did not notice any squeaking sounds when opening and closing the phone.
All-star tech YouTuber MKBHD also got the Moto Razr 5G. In his video, he discusses a few small changes to the phone, but notes two in particular that he finds more significant: the specifications and the software. The Snapdragon 765G is on board (which makes it 5G), along with 8GB of RAM. He also talks a little about the external screen, which he says has been significantly improved.
Michael Fisher took a comprehensive tour of the phone and his channel, noting that it is “thicker, wider and slightly shorter” than last year’s model. He is not a fan of double gorilla-glass back models, but prefers those with an attractive satin finish in the lower half – including the iconic silver design from the original Razr, which did not enter the range with the first modern iteration.
Fisher also noted in his mini-review that the Moto Razr 5G comes unlocked (yes, free from Verizon!) And the addition of a physical SIM slot, which means that SIM switches will have a much easier time.
CNET He also intervened on the issue of carriers, lovingly saying that its “biggest improvement” was that it was no longer limited to Verizon:
Perhaps Razr’s biggest improvement is that it’s no longer exclusive to Verizon. It goes on sale this fall and you can get an unlocked version and use it on AT&T and T-Mobile with their sub-6 5G networks.
Our old 9to5Googler friend Cam Bunton from Pocket moss also has a chance to check the phone. Like other reviewers, he notes that “a large amount has not changed” from the latest model.
We’ll see how things shake when full phone reviews start popping up on the web. For now, it seems that Motorola’s official response to press review requests is … just buy one? As some point out, this may not be the best of the signs given the production problems with the former. Of course, we will try to touch on one way or another in the coming weeks, so stay tuned for more.
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