The next Moto foldable phone, presumably called the Motorola Razr 2022, is shaping up to be a big reinvention for the family - it's the third-gen version of the phone, following on from the Motorola Razr 2019 and Razr 2020, but it might be the first really worth paying attention to.
Motorola skipped a year in its pattern, with no Razr 2021, which has given the company even more time to create the best foldable it can - leaks also suggest it's going to have some impressive specs.
We haven't got solid confirmation that Motorola is working on a third-gen Razr phone, but it seems likely with the annual installments up until now. Especially with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3 slated to launch in late 2021, and the iPhone Flip hoped for in 2022, there's lots of competition for Moto to fight with.
We're referring to this phone as the Motorola Razr 2022, as while we originally called it the Razr 2021, that never showed up. Lots of our wish list, which you can read below, remains the same - Motorola’s first two foldables were interesting but flawed, so there’s a lot of room for improvement here.
We’ve also included a look at when the Motorola Razr 2022 is likely to land, and what it might cost, all of which you’ll find below. And as soon as there are any rumors or news about it, we’ll add that in too.
Cut to the chase
- What is it? The next foldable phone from Motorola
- When is it out? Perhaps late 2022
- How much will it cost? Maybe around $1,399 / £1,399 (roughly AU$1,900)
Motorola Razr 2021 release date and price
There aren’t any release date rumors yet, but the Motorola Razr 2020 was announced on September 9, 2020, and went on sale around a week later on September 15. However, the Motorola Razr 2019 was announced in November 2019 and didn’t go on sale until February 2020.
As such, Motorola doesn’t have a consistent release schedule for this range, so it’s hard to predict exactly when the Motorola Razr 2022 will be unveiled, but for now our best guess would be in or around September, since that would be around the anniversary of the last model.
We were initially expecting a 2021 model but that evidently never showed up. Hopefully, the 2022 Razr will see bigger improvements as a result.
There’s no news on price either, but the Motorola Razr 2020 cost $1,399 / £1,399 (around AU$1,900) at launch, so we might see a similar price for the 2021 model.
Motorola Razr 2022 leaks and rumors
When rumors first suggested that the Motorola Razr 2021 had been canceled, the source gave a promising ray of hope: apparently the company had skipped a year so it could work on the perfect foldable.
Subsequent leaks have suggested that could be true. One such piece of information is that the phone could have a top-end processor in the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1, which would make the mobile much more powerful that the Razr 2019 and 2020. These had mid-range chipsets.
The leak also points to a redesigned phone with a smaller notch, a 50MP main camera with 32MP front-facing and 13MP ultra-wide companions, a 120Hz AMOLED screen and up to 512GB storage.
That sounds too good to be true, but the source also says the battery capacity is 2,800mAh which is... small.
What we want to see
The Motorola Razr 2020 has a lot to like about it but also a lot of issues, which is why we only gave it three stars in our review. For the Motorola Razr 2021 to be a five-star phone it could do with the following.
1. A lower price
The Motorola Razr 2020 isn’t as expensive as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, but it still costs more than most conventional smartphones, even top-end ones, and it isn’t a top-end handset itself.
As such, and particularly in the face of competition from the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip range, we’d really like to see the Motorola Razr 2021 have a lower price. If it can drop closer to $1,000/£1,000 that would make it a lot more tempting.
2. Better battery life
One of our main complaints about the Razr 2020 is its battery life. Despite having two screens the phone only has a 2,800mAh battery, which is far smaller than most phones, and that translates into life that’s often under a day in our tests.
It would probably fare better if you make heavy use of the small secondary screen rather than the main display, and it could be hard to put a much bigger battery in it without sacrificing the compact size, which is part of the appeal, but a phone that doesn’t reliably last a day isn’t a phone you can rely on.
3. No more creaks
Another issue we had with the Motorola Razr 2020 was that the hinge would creak when unfolding the screen. This was an issue with the 2019 model too, but we really hope it’s fixed for the Motorola Razr 2021.
While Motorola reassures that the creak is nothing to worry about, it’s also not something that you want a premium device to exhibit.
4. A better screen
The Razr 2020 has two screens but neither of them are particularly special. Its main 6.2-inch screen is slightly lower resolution than most high-end and even many mid-range phones at 876 x 2142, and it just has a basic 60Hz refresh rate too.
Its secondary screen is even less impressive at 2.7 inches and 600 x 800, though that’s more forgivable since it’s designed as a smaller, lesser screen.
For the Motorola Razr 2021 we really want to see some upgrades at least to the main display. The size of the current model is fine but a higher resolution and refresh rate would definitely help.
5. An any-angle screen
Speaking of the screen, the Razr 2020’s main display can either be open flat or closed, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip lets you use the phone at any angle. So if you want to half open the main screen so you can sit it flat at a right angle for example, you can.
We’d like the Motorola Razr 2021 to also have this ability. It’s a small thing, but it helps make the most of having a screen that folds.
6. More cameras
The Razr 2020’s cameras aren’t bad as such but they’re fairly basic, as there’s just a 48MP f/1.7 main camera and a 20MP f/2.2 selfie camera, so you don’t get the assortment of snappers that even quite affordable phones often now have.
For the Motorola Razr 2021 then we want more cameras, with at the very least main, ultra-wide, and telephoto all accounted for.
7. Top-tier power
The Motorola Razr 2020 has a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which is upper mid-range, but given that this phone costs more than most flagships we’d like to see high-end power.
So unless the Motorola Razr 2021 is significantly cheaper, we’d like it to include the Snapdragon 888 chipset (found in the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S21).
- We're also waiting for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3