It feels like only yesterday that folding phones were a new thing but second-generation devices are here, or almost here in the case of Motorola’s Razr for 2020.
Hot on the heels of the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, Motorola is poised to unveil the new version of the Razr. The first edition has various problems, so much so we never got sent a sample to review, so here’s hoping those issues have been ironed out.
Things are perhaps a little confusing as the phone could actually be called the Razr 5G rather than simply the Razr 2 or Razr 2020 as it’s commonly referred to, but we’re going to call it that for now despite the original actually being released this year.
When is the Motorola Razr 2020 coming out?
It seems there’s not long to wait for the Razr 2020 as Motorola has an event planned for 9 September.
All signs point to it being for the Razr 2020 as the save the date invite (via Android Authority) sent out says “flip the smartphone experience once again”. Furthermore, a gif appears to show a folding phone.
How much will the Razr 2020 cost?
There’s no leaked pricing for this year’s Razr but we can’t imagine Motorola would make it any cheaper than the original, which came in at £1,499 (the same in US dollars) and now reduced to £999.
In fact, with the upgrades, the firm could put the price up a little and still be cheaper than the Z Fold 2. However, the Razr 2020 is closer in design to the £1,399 Galaxy Z Flip so Motorola needs to be careful with the price.
What are the Razr 2020 specs?
No phone seems to be immune to leaked information and the Razr 2020 is no exception so it looks like we know just about everything about it ahead of the launch.
One of the issues with the Razr 2019 was the fact it came with a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor despite its high price. Things will be a bit better for the new model thanks to a Snapdragon 765G, although that’s still not Qualcomm’s flagship line.
This comes via leaker Ishan Agarwal who also says the phone will have a larger 2800mAh battery along with a 48Mp main camera and 20Mp secondary sensor. Those would both be sizable upgrades on the original in terms of megapixels and match up with notorious leaker Evan Blass’ information.
That battery could charge faster as Motorola is rumoured to be jumping to 18W.
Dimensions of 168.5×72.5x8mm and 190g mean the Razr 2020 will be lighter and a little smaller but slightly thicker. Overall, it looks very similar to its predecessor only with a smaller chin and no visible fingerprint scanner.
There is some debate as to whether it will stick to a 6.2in screen or increase to 6.7in. Going by the leaked images and those dimensions, it will be the former.
Colours are supposedly Mercury Silver and Polished Graphite.
As mentioned earlier, it could be called the Razr 5G and support for modern 5G networks will be a notable upgrade if that rings true.
It’s also possible the Razr 2020 will have a bunch of sensors – eight to be exact – along the sides so you can use gestures to access shortcuts even when the phone is shut. This is via a patent which also shows some sort of modular camera attachment, although these should be taken with a pinch of salt.
Here’s the Motorola Razr 2020 in a nutshell based on leaks:
Lighter and smaller chin
Nano SIM + eSIM