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The Motorola RAZR might take a gap year to figure itself out

Motorola RAZR (2020)
Motorola RAZR (2020) (Image credit: Michael Fisher)

What you need to know

  • Rumors suggest that there won't be a new Motorola Razr this year.
  • The company will reportedly work on refining its foldable design and may instead launch a new device in 2022.
  • The Motorola Razr 5G was an iterative upgrade from the original, but the next foldable could be a more substantial upgrade.

Motorola may skip launching a new Razr this year, according to a new report from DSCC. The company reportedly wants to spend more time refining its foldable design before the next release.

Amid reports that other companies like Honor are gearing up to release foldable smartphones this year, Motorola apparently won't be among them. The report states that a new Motorola Razr "isn't expected until the second half of 2022 as they look to re-invent their foldable design."

Given the short release period between the first two models, which was less than roughly seven months, it might make sense for the company to slow down and focus on producing a device that can challenge the best foldable phones from companies like Samsung. The newer Motorola Razr 5G represented a refined version of its predecessor, with a newer, albeit midrange chipset and some design tweaks.

If Motorola plans to overhaul its foldable design, it could be better equipped to take on other clamshell foldables like the rumored Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2 or its successor. The company could also plan to launch something completely different and akin to devices like the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. However, there are no indications of Motorola's plans, and the company wasn't available for comment.

If the report is accurate, it could be some time before we see another foldable smartphone from Motorola. Without LG to pick up any of the slack, it'll be up to others like Samsung and even possibly Google to flood the market with new foldable smartphones.

Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.

7 Comments
  • Almost every foldable device has some screen issue so I have no intention to buy one until that area is fixed.
  • Still too expensive tech. Come out with an awesome product once the tech becomes affordable.
  • Motorola should skin making foldable phones altogether, they can't compete with Samsung or even Xiaomi in the foldables space and their Motorola RAZR 5G was a joke with its midrange specs, imagine paying 1500 a for a foldable with Snapdragon 700 series chip.
  • I stopped liking moto after google sold em to Leno
  • do be quite honest I think we are at a point in the performance of our phones even on the mid range level where all manufacturers could take a gap year or two.
  • I agree wholeheartedly. This every year new model is tired and unnecessary. And support the dang things at least 6 years.
  • I'm using the RAZR 5G and I'm actually really enjoying it. From a software perspective, the OS and other baked-in features work flawlessly. I didn't mind paying a premium price for the phone because for me, the foldable design was worth it. I don't game or use heavy media consumption, so the specs are more than enough. The biggest downfall of the device is the connectivity, which they definitely need to address. Wifi and cell reception are noticeably worse than my previous phones.