Motorola has always been clear that the Razr is a “design-first” device, and has gone to great lengths to recreate the visual atmosphere its classic flip phones worked for its first foldable. To put some much-needed extras into this new model, Motorola had to make some changes: the new Razr is a bit more plump and features a “chin” that is a little less prominent than the original. Personally, these changes are enough to make the Razr just a little less visually striking, but it̵
For one, Motorola has put a better camera in the top half of the Razr. My biggest complaint with Razr’s original 16-megapixel rear shooter wasn’t that it was bad, per se – it just wasn’t great compared to any other cameras you’d find in a similarly priced phone. In response, Motorola has chosen a 48 megapixel camera for this new model, which they should substantially improve the quality of photos. (Since we haven’t touched on this yet, we’ll have to see about it.)
The somewhat miserable Snapdragon 710 found in the first Razr is also gone, replaced here by a more modern Snapdragon 765G and 8GB of RAM. It’s the same great but not entirely premium chipset you’ll see in a new batch of cheap, 5G-compatible smartphones, such as the OnePlus Nord, TCL 10 5G, and some versions of LG Velvet. As I said, we’re not working with peak power here, but the new Razr has everything it needs to run much smoother this time around.
And speaking of speed boosts, the new Razr has been built to work well with sub-6 5G networks, such as those operated by its US partners, T-Mobile and AT&T. (That’s right. Despite Verizon having the first Razr, there are apparently no plans to offer this significantly upgraded model.) Of course, that extra power and network support could have an impact on power consumption, so Motorola has also given the new Razr a lighter battery larger. I mean slightly even bigger: its full capacity comes in at 2,800mAh, compared to the original’s 2,510mAh. I suppose any improvement is a good thing, but it also means that the owners of the Razr are working with a battery that’s still significantly smaller than most other phones out there.