Motorola Razr 2023 vs. Razr Plus: Should you wait?

The Motorola Razr is back, and this time, the company didn't just launch one model. Alongside the flagship Razr+, Motorola also introduced the more standard Razr, which we lovingly refer to as the Razr-. And while this model has some lesser specs when compared to its flagship counterpart, it's still quite an impressive phone and one we think you might want to consider.

The Motorola Razr (Razr 40 in Europe) is not available in North America just yet, and a firm launch date has not been given for the phone. However, it will arrive in the United States and cost "marginally cheaper" than the Razr+ (Razr 40 Ultra in Europe), which starts at $999 in North America. Given that the MSRP for a new clamshell foldable usually sits around that price in this region, Motorola is looking to undercut some of the best foldable phones with the Razr, which could make it an ideal device for anyone looking for their first foldable.

But how does it compare to the Motorola Razr+, and is it worth waiting for? With any luck, our comparison will help you decide.

Motorola Razr vs. Razr Plus: Design & displays

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Motorola Razr and Razr+ in hand

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There are a lot of similarities between these two phones, but also a lot of differences. It's easy to tell the phones apart when closed since the Motorola Razr+ has a much larger 3.6-inch display taking up much of the cover panel. This results in a glossy finish on the cover, starkly differing from the vegan leather finish that encases much of the Razr's chassis. The cover panel is only interrupted by the smaller 1.5-inch display and the dual-camera setup.

All Razr colorways feature a vegan leather finish, but only the Viva Magenta hue on the Razr+. Other Razr+ colorways have a frosted glass back protected by Gorilla Glass Victus, which still feels quite good in the hand. However, glass is still prone to cracking or breaking, which can't be said for the faux leather.

Both devices are roughly the same size when folded or unfolded, although the Razr+ is slightly thinner, which will be explained later.

The inner displays are both 6.9-inch OLED panels with a Full HD+ resolution. Both have quite fast refresh rates at 144Hz and 165Hz for the Razr and Razr+, respectively. They also have the same 1400 nits of peak brightness, which should be plenty, although my experience with the Razr+ display has been less than ideal in direct sunlight. The crease is present but fairly minimal on both, although extended use will reveal whether or not this persists.

The outer display on the Razr+ is extremely useful for interacting with notifications, widgets, and full apps, which lets you limit how much you open the phone. It's the main selling point of the Razr+, and it works extremely well, even for apps that aren't optimized for the square aspect ratio.

The smaller display on the Razr isn't nearly as useful, and users will be limited in how they interact with it. It'll show a series of widgets, notifications, and more, but you won't be able to open apps on it or do anything too fancy. That said, I have not used the phone extensively, so I'll have to test out just how useful it is once I get my hands on a unit.

Both Razr models have an IP52 rating for water and dust resistance. While they don't have the most robust liquid protection, the dust resistance is just as useful. There is a side-mounted fingerprint sensor on the side, which works very well in my experience with the Razr+.

Motorola Razr vs. Razr Plus: Hardware & specs

Motorola Razr and Razr+ cover screens

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As the more flagship device, the Razr+ is powered by the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, a chip that powers many new flagship devices and foldable phones launching this year. It's coupled with 8GB of LPDDR5 RAM, and it performs extremely well, handling apps and games with virtually zero lag or fuss.

The Razr may not have a "flagship" chipset, but the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 is likely no slouch. In my experience with the Snapdragon 6 Gen 1 on the Moto G Stylus 5G (2023), I found the chipset performed extremely well and made the midrange phone feel almost like a flagship. I expect the 7 Gen 1 will be even better, even with 8GB of LPDDR4X RAM.

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CategoryMotorola Razr+/40 UltraMotorola Razr/40
OSAndroid 13Android 13
Display (internal)6.9-inch, pOLED, FHD+ (2640 x 1080), 165Hz LTPO, 1400 nits, 22:96.9-inch, pOLED, FHD+ (2640 x 1080), 144Hz LTPO, 1400 nits, 22:9
Display (external)3.6-inch, pOLED, 1066 x 1056, 144Hz, 1100 nits, 1:11.5-inch, OLED, 194 x 368, 60Hz, 1000 nits, 2:1
ChipsetSnapdragon 8+ Gen 1Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
Storage256GB, USF 3.1128GB, USF 2.2
Audio3 mics, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos3 mics, stereo speakers, Dolby Atmos
Connectivity5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC5G, Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.3, NFC
SecurityFingerprint sensorFingerprint sensor
ProtectionIP52, Gorilla Glass VictusIP52, Gorilla Glass Victus
Battery3800mAh, 30W wired charging, 5W wireless4200mAh, 30W wired charging, 5W wireless
Dimensions (open)73.95 x 170.83 x 6.99mm73.95 x 170.82 x 7.35mm
Dimensions (closed)73.95 x 88.42 x 15.1mm73.95 x 88.24 x 15.8mm
Weight188.5g, 184.5g (Viva Magenta)188.6g
ColorsGlacier Blue, Infinity Black, Viva MagentaSage Green, Vanilla Cream, Summer Lilac

The Razr+ has the upper hand when it comes to storage, with double the amount found in the Razr. The built-in 128GB USF 2.2 storage may be enough for some, but it's slightly slower, and the lack of expandable storage (on both) may be a detracting factor and may cause some to lean toward the Razr+.

Audio and connectivity are the same between the two devices, which is good because the Razr+ sounds phenomenal with its Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers.  Both devices also run Android 13 with My UX and have the same promise of three OS upgrades and four years of security updates. Motorola may not have the best track record, but that's still nice to know when considering wither device.

Charging the Razr+

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Where the Razr has the advantage over the Razr+ is in battery capacity. The Razr+ has a 3800mAh battery, which Motorola says should last all day, but that has not been the case in my use. I usually have to charge it in the middle of the day, but it also depends on how you use it, particularly how often you take advantage of the cover display.

The Razr will have a larger 4200mAh battery, which could make a big difference. Sure, you won't have a large cover screen to take advantage of, so we'll have to see how good the battery life is once we get a unit in for testing. It's also nice that both phones come with 30W charging, which isn't the fastest we've seen, but it still gets the job done.

Motorola Razr vs. Razr Plus: Cameras

Razr+ camera cartoon

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Cameras aren't a strong point for clamshell foldables, and that's true with the Razr+. The phone takes respectable photos with plenty of light, but they can appear a bit washed out and lacking in depth and vibrance. Photos aren't bad; they're just not particularly good, either. They're just meh.

The phone also does a weird thing with selfies, where they sometimes have a sepia-like tint that appears in certain lighting conditions. It may take some maneuvering to get rid of the tint, and you can always remove it later, but it's still annoying.

Low-light and nighttime images are pretty decent, thanks to the phone's rather wide aperture. The phone also takes 4K60 video on the primary and selfie cameras, although video can be hit or miss. And thanks to the large cover display, users can use the screen as a way for the subject to preview the image so they can adjust themselves.

As for the Razr, Motorola is outfitting it with a 64MP primary sensor, giving it more pixels than the 12MP unit on the Razr+. This may sound much better, especially with pixel binning, but the wider aperture may still give the Razr+ the upper hand with low light.

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CamerasMotorola Razr+/40 UltraMotorola Razr/40
Rear Camera 112MP wide, f/1.5, 1.4μm, OIS64MP wide, f/1.7, 0.7μm (1.4μm Quad Pixel), OIS
Rear Camera 113MP ultrawide + macro, f/2.2, 1.12μm, 108°13MP ultrawide + macro, f/2.2, 1.12μm, 108°
Selfie Camera32MP, f/2.4, 0.7μm | 8MP, f/2.4, 1.4um, Quad Pixel32MP, f/2.4, 0.7μm | 8MP, f/2.4, 1.4um, Quad Pixel

We have yet to really test the Razr's cameras, but once we get a review unit, we'll be sure to compare the two phones to see how the more affordable model fares against its flagship counterpart.

Motorola Razr vs. Razr Plus: Which should you buy?

Motorola Razr and Razr+

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The decision between the Razr and Razr+ comes down to what you prioritize. With the Razr+, you'll pay more, but you'll have a more powerful phone with a large cover display for interacting with apps and useful camera features. The Razr is still plenty powerful, but it'll also be more affordable and potentially have better battery life.

If you're someone who is comfortable with foldable or prefers a more flagship experience, The Razr+ is probably the phone for you. However, if you're someone who has been on the fence about foldable and maybe want to get your hands on one without spending an arm and a leg, you might want to wait around for the Razr.

Keep in mind the Razr+ is available now, while the Razr's availability in North America doesn't have a firm date, only that we'll be getting it in the coming months. And even though it'll be marginally cheaper than the flagship model (we're seeing £799 and €899 in Europe), you can still find some great deals on the Razr+ that are worth checking out. Still, the Razr should offer plenty of value for anyone looking for a foldable, especially considering it'll likely cost less than many non-folding phones. And to me, that's a great way to introduce users to the form factor.

Derrek Lee
Managing Editor

Derrek is the managing editor of Android Central, helping to guide the site's editorial content and direction to reach and resonate with readers, old and new, who are just as passionate about tech as we are. He's been obsessed with mobile technology since he was 12, when he discovered the Nokia N90, and his love of flip phones and new form factors continues to this day. As a fitness enthusiast, he has always been curious about the intersection of tech and fitness. When he's not working, he's probably working out.

  • the2ndfloodofGD
    I would definitely wait to get a hold of the RAZR Ultra Plus version but they are both better then my Motorola RAZR 5G. I cant even use Verizon's 5G using that phone. Which seems insane, seeing as Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless carrier in the USA! I have been going to Motorola's website daily but they are still not selling the version that I want. It's out of stock. I guess I can wait longer. I truly hope Motorola has another best seller on their hands! This new RAZR could be as big of a hit as the original RAZR. Which I never owned. It didn't support so many features back then. So I got the Samsung Blade instead but I definitely prefer Motorola over any of the other handset makers.
  • Mr. Lucky
    I've owned the RAZR+ for exactly a month now and love it. Honestly though, if I were looking to get a flip smartphone without a full outer screen (iow, RAZR+ or Z-flip 5) I'd go with the Oppo Find N2. Only problem is that you'll have to find an overseas seller that can handle the export details or buy it from Amazon. Buying from Amazon in the U.S. makes for an easy transaction but it will end up costing more than the RAZR+ or Z-flip 5.