Is third time the charm?
Motorola's third attempt at a Razr-inspired foldable is now available in Australia, making big improvements in both power and price. Dubbed the Razr 2022, the new model retails for $1,599 outright. For comparison, the 1st generation Razr foldable launched at $2,699 locally, while the 2nd generation Razr 5G was only marginally cheaper at $2,299.
In addition to a price cut, the Razr 2022 is a lot more powerful than its predecessors. While previous Razr foldables used midrange processors, the latest iteration is powered by the Snapdragon 8 Gen 1+ chipset. This is currently the fastest processor you'll find in an Android phone, and the same chip that powers Samsung's Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Galaxy Z Flip 4.
Aesthetically speaking, the outside of the Razr 2022 is still very much inspired by the classic flip phone, with the classic silhouette and 2.7-inch "quick view" display. The internal display is a bit more conventional this time around, with Motorola opting for a 6.7-inch 1080p+ with a camera cut-out. The Razr "chin" has been axed entirely too.
Motorola has also made some durability improvements. To start, the phone is rated IP52, which makes it splash-resistant. Samsung's foldables are however rated IPX8 for water resistance, allowing them to survive a dunking.
In addition, this iteration of the foldable uses ultra-thin glass on the display rather than plastic, with a protective multilayer treatment that Motorola says makes it "nearly creaseless". Motorola also says it used a process of pattern etching and foaming that reduces folding stress and helps absorb a certain degree of external impact, thus making the display more durable.
Other key specifications include 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a 3,500mAh battery. In terms of cameras, you get a 50MP primary lens, a 13MP ultra-wide lens, and a 32MP selfie camera.
The Razr 2022 is available through JB Hi-Fi, The Good Guys, Officeworks, Big W, and Mobileciti.