The Motorola Razr 2019 is one of the few non-Samsung foldable phones, and although it pulls out the foldable part, we found that it fails in a number of areas – leading to a 2.5-star review where we wondered if his potential will be realized in a successor.
Well, this successor to the device is here, as the Motorola Razr 2020 has already been announced. So will this new foldable phone fulfill the potential of its predecessor?
You’ll have to wait for our full review to know for sure, but looking at just the features and design of the paper, along with its price, we compared it to the previous Motorola Razr to give you some idea of how the new phone follows the old one.
Price and availability of Motorola Razr 2020 vs. Motorola Razr 2019
The Motorola Razr 2020 will cost $ 1399 / £ 1399 (approximately $ 2500) when it goes on sale in early fall (Q3 2020) – probably meaning September or October.
This is slightly less than the starting price of the previous Motorola Razr, which at launch was $ 1,499 / A $ 2,699, while in the UK it was only available on contracts starting at £ 94 per month with £ 100 in advance – for £ 2356 for 24 months.
So both models cost a lot, but you get upgraded specifications at a lower price to launch the Motorola Razr 2020, which is nice to see. However, we expect that the Razr 2019 will decrease now that there is a newer model aimed at the market.
Design and display
Razr 2020 has a similar design as Razr 2019, but has been changed and modified a bit. Both phones have a form factor with a clamshell, with a small front screen and the ability to open the phone for a larger 6.2-inch internal POLED display the size of a smartphone. (Both displays remained unchanged in the newer Razr.)
However, while the 2019 Motorola Razr has a large chin with a fingerprint scanner, for the Motorola Razr 2020 the chin is smaller and the scanner is at the back.
This design results in almost identical dimensions, although the new phone is shorter but thicker. The unfolded Motorola Razr 2020 is available at 72.6 x 169.2 x 7.9 mm, while the folded is 72.6 x 91.7 x 16 mm. The previous Razr, meanwhile, is 72 x 172 x 6.9 mm when unfolded and 72 x 94 x 14 mm when unfolded.
Although a bit thicker but not as long, the new Razr is also 192g lighter compared to the 205g of the 2019 Razr.
The colors also differ slightly, with the Motorola Razr 2020 available in shades of polished graphite, liquid mercury and blush gold, while the Razr 2019 is only available in Noir Black and Blush Gold.
Both phones are water repellent, but neither has significant water resistance. Motorola claims that the new Razr has been tested under stress for better hinge resistance, claiming that it will last up to 200,000 times – or approximately 100 times a day for five years.
In terms of display, both Razr models have a 6.2-inch 876 x 2142 foldable main screen and a 2.7-inch 600 x 800 secondary screen. Both use POLED for the main screen – “P” is for plastic.
But while there aren’t many changes to screen hardware, there’s some software change to help you get more out of the secondary screen – things like shortcuts to making calls directly from the secondary screen. Although some of these improvements have come to the previous Razr since its launch, as part of its Android 10 update.
A big change for the new Razr model is the camera, as the Motorola Razr 2020 has a 48MP f / 1.7 main photo (which by default is 12MP photos by combining pixels to let in more light) and a 20MP f / 2.2 front camera. The main camera also has optical image stabilization (OIS).
The Motorola Razr 2019 on the other hand has a 16MP f / 1.7 main camera (without OIS) and a 5MP f / 2.0 front camera.
Then on paper the Motorola Razr 2020 sounds like a clear upgrade here, but we’ll have to see how it performs in practice.
The battery in the Motorola Razr 2020 is 2800 mAh, which is not very massive, but is larger than 2,510 mAh in the Motorola Razr 2019. However, the charging speed has not changed, and both support up to 15W. None of the models has wireless charging.
In fact, we weren’t very impressed with the Razr 2019’s battery life when we reviewed it, so we’ll have to wait and see if the size size here has made a significant difference.
Specifications and characteristics
One of the great additions to the Motorola Razr 2020 is 5G, which should prove it in the future, even if you’re not somewhere that currently has 5G coverage.
This is provided by the Snapdragon 765G chipset and 8 GB RAM in the Razr 2020, both of which are upgrades to the Snapdragon 710 chipset and 6 GB RAM in the Motorola Razr 2019. Both are still configurations we would expect from mid-range phones.
The Motorola Razr 2020 also has more storage space, at 256GB compared to 128GB in the Razr 2019. Plus the Motorola Razr 2020 comes with Android 10, while the older model launches with Android 9 – although it can now be updated to 10.
It’s worth noting that Android 11 has just landed, so none of them are up to date, but we totally expect the Motorola Razr 2020 to be updated to Android 11 at some point, and the Razr 2019 is likely to be as well – although it will certainly stop receiving updates before the new phone.
Motorola Razr 2020 looks in a sense like a very similar phone to Razr 2019 – certainly the design is similar, although with some settings and improvements.
The screens are similar, but the real changes are under the hood, as the Motorola Razr 2020 gets 5G connectivity, improved cameras, more power, more storage space and a larger battery, all at a lower price.
But while the new model doesn’t surprisingly look better than the old one, the real question – which we’ll try to answer in our full review – is how much better, as the Razr 2019 was a flawed device and with strong competition from the likes. On the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Motorola may need to make big improvements to compete.