Less than a day after the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4, Motorola has joined the clamshell folding phone party by releasing its equivalent: the Moto Razr 2022.
By ‘shell’ we mean a full-body phone that can be folded in half for easy pocket storage, something the Z Flip and previous Razrs have done, but these two new entries for the popular foldable phone form factor are even more similar than before.
The Razr 2022 has just been released at an exclusive China event, alongside two premium Android phones from the company – the foldable phone was the main attraction, of course. We expect the Razr 2022 to launch in other regions soon, as it seems likely that Motorola will release its biggest phone of the year in other countries, but we’re not sure.
Like the Samsung, the Moto has a powerful Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chipset and a similar 6.7-inch display with a punch-hole camera cutout (although on the Razr that display has a higher refresh rate at 144Hz).
The refresh rate isn’t the only way the Motorola Razr is better: it has a larger (for when the device is closed) external screen of 2.7 inches, a high resolution 50MP wide snapper main camera), a 32MP high-res selfie camera and – in our humble opinion, at least – a more attractive design.
The phone has the same software as the Flip, running Android 12, although it has Motorola’s own MyUI placed on top rather than Samsung’s One UI (although it’s possible that if it debuts outside of China it could come with stock Android) .
Chinese pricing for the 2022 Moto Razr has been provided, and it apparently lowers the Flip’s $999.99 / £999 / AU$1,499 asking price – however Chinese price conversions can often be very difficult, with phones looking more cheaper there than elsewhere so take this with a big grain of salt for now.
Review: Moto taking foldables seriously
Motorola’s previous Razr foldables looked, for lack of a better word, ‘rusty’.
They had flimsier builds than their Flip counterparts, making the process of folding and unfolding a bit stressful.
Also, their specs are generally relatively weak compared to the high price you’re paying for these phones – the 2020 Razr had a mid-range chipset, for example, as well as a really chunky chin.
It seems that everything is changing now, however, with the Razr 2020. It has a premium chipset, a more refined design, improved rear cameras, and a beautiful large external display. Finally, Moto made a polished folding.
How the device fares against the Flip, though, comes down to one key point: the price. The Galaxy Z Flip 4 is not cheap by any means, but it is cheaper what previous Razrs were, and what the Z Fold 4 is.
If Motorola wants any chance of competing with Samsung, it needs to give the Razr a really competitive price – by which we mean, equal to or less than the Flip. Otherwise, our list of the best folding phones is likely not going to take a turn this year.