Next Motorola Razr will be more powerful and have a better design
What you need to know
- The third-generation Motorola Razr is confirmed to be in the works.
- A Lenovo executive has revealed that the upcoming foldable will have improved power and design.
- The next Motorola Razr will be unveiled in China first.
The Motorola Razr 5G, which debuted last year, will finally have its successor in 2022. This was confirmed by Chen Jin, an IT manager at Motorola's parent company Lenovo, through his Weibo profile.
Motorola's third-generation Razr will be a major upgrade over its predecessor (via Android Authority). According to Chen, the upcoming Razr 3 will have a more advanced processor. He didn't specify the chipset in question, but it could be something more powerful than the Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G, which fuels the Razr 5G.
In light of the latest revelation, it's difficult to rule out the possibility that Motorola will use a Snapdragon 8 series processor for its next foldable phone. Aside from that, the Motorola Edge X30 is powered by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 SoC, so a foldable Motorola device powered by the same high-end chipset won't come as a surprise.
The phone will also have a redesigned interface and an improved design, indicating that Motorola will address the previous generation's numerous software issues. Other than that, little is known about the Razr 3's specifications as of this time.
However, given the tight competition in the foldable race, Motorola would be wise to improve the Razr's battery life in the next iteration since it's one of the major drawbacks in the Razr 5G and the first-generation model from 2019.
Because of those flaws, Motorola's Razr lineup has already fallen behind the competition, currently dominated by the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 and Z Flip 3. Let's hope Motorola's next answer to the best foldable phones addresses them.
Chen also revealed that the Razr 3 will first be available in China, though no specific date has been set.
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3
The new Galaxy Z Flip 3 is ideal for anyone who misses the days when hanging up a phone call was as dramatic as slamming it shut. And, thanks to the larger outer display, it's ideal for controlling music, checking messages, and taking selfies with the dual-camera setup.
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So it won't be a $1500 mid ranger with a below average camera?
Remember: the original StarTAC was $1000 when it came out in 1996. That's equivalent to $1667 in today's dollars. Price came down over time and eventually it was a sub-$100 or even bundled phone.
To be fair, the StarTAC wasn't a middling mid-ranger.
I remember it well, however that make either of the recently released RAZR phones a good buy.
Still got an analog one in my drawer. Still one of the best phones I ever had. Still powers up but battery long dead.
Big fan of my Razr 5G 2nd edition.