Motorola Razr 2020 evaluation: The long-lasting flip cellphone has accomplished it once more, this time with 5G


The brand new Motorola Razr 2020 addresses many of the points I had with the Razr (2019) that came out in February. Total it is a greater cellphone. The brand new Razr will get a slew of upgraded specs, however lacks the highest of the road ones discovered within the Motorola Edge Plus and Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra. However neither of these phones can fold into one thing extremely small.

With the Razr you are paying $1,400 (£1,399, which is about AU$2,470) for a foldable display screen. And that is vital to recollect as a result of there is not wi-fi charging or a excessive refresh charge show, or a big battery or IP-rated water and dirt resistance, or a headphone jack or headphones or probably the most highly effective Snapdragon processor. If you wish to fold a 6.2-inch cellphone into one thing the dimensions of a small drink coaster in 2020, you are going to pay some huge cash. 

The Razr’s refined foldable flip cellphone feels unbelievable to make use of. With the brand new cameras, addition of help for 5G and all of the helpful enhancements to the exterior show, the Razr looks like a “regular” cellphone that may do “regular” on a regular basis stuff with its “something however regular” foldable construct. If I had been to match the Razr to a automobile, it will be a enjoyable two-seat convertible.

However not every thing is rosy with this new Razr. The speaker within the chin is OK, however would not produce great-sounding audio at louder volumes. The glass on the again of my evaluation unit has amassed a number of scuffs over 10 days. They’re barely seen, however they’re there. A case may have prevented these and Motorola will promote a nifty $50 case for the Razr.


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Additionally, after I opened and closed my 2019 Razr evaluation unit in February it made this bizarre loud squeak. For probably the most half, this new one did not. I say for probably the most half as a result of after I was filming the unboxing video for the Razr, I did not hear a squeak. However when reviewing the footage, certainly one of my video producers seen that my mic picked up a small squeak.

Except for the squeak (extra on that under) my expertise general has been good with the brand new Raz. I’ve to offer Motorola a ton of credit score for all of the adjustments and implementations they made.

So far as the worth, this is not a cellphone for everybody, particularly with the monetary hardship so many individuals are enduring proper now. For those who had been critically contemplating the Motorola Razr (2019) and did not get it and you’ve got the money, it’s best to take into account this model. It is a refinement in almost each means over that cellphone. However know that you simply’re paying some huge cash for a cellphone that folds in half.

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The physique of the brand new Razr is product of aluminum and Gorilla Glass 5.


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The brand new Razr’s aluminum and Gorilla Glass 5 physique feels strong

Throughout my time with the brand new Razr, I used it like a daily cellphone. I did not really feel the must be cautious with it. I wiped the foldable display screen on my denims. I preserve the cellphone in my pocket or in my bag.

A few of that assurance comes from its construct. While you shut the cellphone, the edges sit flush, encompassing and defending the show. However a few of that’s my notion. I need to be assured that if the Razr is in a pocket with my home keys, that it will not get destroyed. That confidence and belief is large, and I did not really feel that all-the-time after I reviewed the 2019 Razr. 

The brand new Razr is constructed from aluminum and Gorilla Glass 5 and feels strong in comparison with the prototype really feel of the February model. Additionally that plastic again is gone!

To bolster the cellphone’s robustness, Motorola invited me to go to certainly one of their testing labs and see one of many 40 totally different testing machines it makes use of to check the Razr (sporting a masks and socially distanced, in fact). I received to see a machine that folds the Razr in half to simulate years of use in only a matter of days. The concept is most individuals won’t ever fold this cellphone sufficient to hit Motorola’s 200,000-fold lifespan.

Learn extra: Motorola claims the Razr can fold 200,000 times. We get a peek at how the phone is tested

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That is certainly one of 4 new Motorola Razr telephones on a machine that opens and closes it as soon as each 4 seconds. Over the course of 10 days the telephones can be folded 200,000 instances.


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My time with the Razr has largely been squeak-free… till Friday. I do not know if it is the humidity or what, however there’s slightly squeak anytime I open or shut it. The one time I do not hear it’s after I flick the Razr open one-handed. The squeak is not as loud because the 2019 Razr. However after I hear it, I really feel conflicted. I really feel disenchanted.

I requested a pal how they felt in regards to the squeak they usually stated it did not trouble them. I suppose in relation to display screen notches, foldable display screen creases and now foldable cellphone squeaks, a few of you’re going to get used to those issues whereas others can be wildly irritated. 

I ought to add that the squeak comes from the hinge mechanism, however would not point out any mechanical issues.

Fast View show separates the Razr from the Galaxy Z Flip 5G

Maybe my favourite characteristic is the Fast View show which received much more helpful with the brand new Razr. Basically that is the place the Razr and the Galaxy Z Flip could not be extra totally different. There are mainly three modes to the surface show: The primary is a Peek Show mode that permits you to see notifications simply by urgent and holding on an icon. The following is sort of a Peek Show plus mode the place you may press and maintain an icon, then swipe as much as reveal a number of notifications and reply to them. The keyboard mainly takes up the complete display screen, however after a number of makes use of I received higher at typing on it.

Nevertheless it’s the third mode — let’s name it mini-Android mode — the place the true energy of the Fast View show will get unleashed. When the Razr is closed and unlocked, you may swipe all the way down to get to the management panel, swipe as much as see one thing just like the notification shade, swipe to the left to go to the digital camera and swipe proper to see a grid of apps and swipe to the fitting once more, to see contact favorites.

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The Fast View show on the Razr is formally the smallest display screen I’ve ever performed PUBG Cell on.


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The cellphone can curate an inventory of apps that work properly on the smaller exterior display screen. Apps like Gmail, YouTube and Messages can be utilized full with a mini keyboard. Additionally, you may shuttle between the Fast View show and the inside show and choose proper up the place you had been at.

You may also do what I did and go into the Handle apps setting and activate limitless which allowed me to attempt just about any app I wished on the Fast View show. So I made a decision to attempt PUBG Cell. I may barely make out the controls, however it’s attainable to play PUBG on the Fast View show. I additionally performed Alto’s Odyssey and Tremendous Mario Run. Not each app is optimized for that small of a show. However this iteration of the Fast View show marks an infinite step in the fitting course for Motorola.

Razr has a brand new 48-megapixel essential digital camera

Then there are the cameras each of which received a strong improve. The selfie digital camera atop the inner show is a lot better and works nice for Zoom conferences and taking selfies. Although video recording on the selfie digital camera does prime out at 1080p.

The outside digital camera has 48-megapixels and makes use of pixel-binning to create good 12-megapixel photographs. This digital camera is a lot better than the 2019 Razr. And due to the optical picture stabilization and a time-of-flight sensor, I received an appropriate charge of in-focus and sharp photographs.

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The HDR mode works quite properly with out it being too heavy-handed. It saved the pale blue of the pickup excellent.


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This was taken with the digital zoom at 2x. It is exceptional the element it was capable of seize. It additionally exhibits off the lens’ pure bokeh.


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Here is one other picture the place the Razr went into HDR mode.


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It is a selfie I took with the outside 48-megapixel digital camera with the cellphone closed.


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However the Razr’s cameras are usually not on the identical stage because the iPhone 11 or Google Pixel 4A. Except Motorola added a Be aware 20 Extremely-sized digital camera bump onto the Razr (please do not do this) there may be solely such room for a sensor and lens inside one thing this small.

Low-light and zoomed in photographs are mushy and appear like a portray due to noise discount. There’s a Night time Imaginative and prescient mode that may assist, however I discover it really works finest in medium-to-low lighting versus conditions the place it is darkish.

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Here’s a 5x digital zoom of the John Hancock constructing off within the distance. The small print are positively mushy.


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This picture was taken within the common picture mode.


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This picture was taken with Night time Imaginative and prescient. That is the most effective Night time Imaginative and prescient picture I took with the Razr. That stated, the sky seems painted on.


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The principle digital camera additionally shoots 4K video and the standard is respectable. Video positively would not have the identical dynamic vary as photographs and suffers from picture noise and artifacts. However I am pleased with the clips I used to be capable of document. Verify some out video clips I shot under:

OK battery life, sub-6 5G and Snapdragon 765G

Motorola claims a good thing about utilizing the Fast View show extra is it would not tax battery life as dangerous as utilizing the principle show. And that is excellent news. In my use, the brand new Razr will get me barely by means of a day. I sometimes discover myself topping off at time for supper. And that is whereas I am related to 5G. I am getting about 7 hours, 30 minutes of screen-on time and in a check with steady video playback on Airplane mode the Razr lasted 15 hours, 53 minutes, that is 1 hour, 50 minutes greater than the 2019 Razr lasted in the identical check. And that is 53 minutes greater than the Galaxy Z Flip.

The brand new Razr has a bigger battery than the 2019 Razr and a few of that’s to compensate to be used on 5G, which may eat up battery life. The Razr can work on sub-6 flavors of 5G like on AT&T and T-Mobile. I have been testing this Razr on T-Cell’s 5G right here in Chicago. Generally I get speeds over 100Mbps for downloads (that is open air) and different instances I get speeds which might be 4.55Mbps (that is additionally open air). Each of these outcomes had been properly inside the 5G protection on T-Cell’s map and speaks extra to T-Cell’s 5G community than it does the cellphone.

Powering all that is 8GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 765G processor. There can be some who will write the brand new Razr off as a result of it would not have a Snapdragon 865 processor. However as we have seen in different Android telephones this 12 months, the 765G is a strong processor. Within the Razr, it dealt with gaming, movies, picture edits, multitasking very well. And in benchmark exams, the Razr scored proper on par with the LG Velvet.

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Even with all these enhancements, it is onerous to advocate a $1,400 particularly one that’s nonetheless very a lot an idea ready to stay as much as its hype in the actual world. The identical will be stated in regards to the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. That stated, I am excited for Motorola and hope they make as large a step ahead with the subsequent Razr as the corporate did with this one.

Motorola Razr (2020) specs verus Motorola Razr (2019), Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2

Motorola Razr (2020) Motorola Razr (2019) Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2
Show measurement, decision Inside: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142x876p pixels (21:9) / Exterior: 2.7-inch glass OLED, 800×600-pixels (4:3) Inside: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142x876p pixels (21:9) / Exterior: 2.7-inch glass OLED, 800×600-pixels (4:3) Inside: 6.7-inch FHD+ Dynamic AMOLED; 2,636×1,080-pixels / Exterior: 1.1-inch Tremendous AMOLED; 300×112-pixels Exterior 6.2-inch Dynamic AMOLED; Inside: 7.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; Exterior: 2260 x 816 pixels Inside: 2208 x 1768
Pixel density 373ppi (inside display screen) 373ppi (inside display screen) 425ppi (inside) / 303ppi (exterior) 386ppi + 373ppi
Dimensions (Inches) Folded: 2.86×3.61×0.63 in, Unfolded: 2.86×6.66×0.31 in Unfolded: 6.8×2.8×0.28 in / Folded: 3.7×2.8×0.55 in Folded: 2.99×3.44×0.62 ~ 0.68 in / Unfolded: 2.99×6.59×0.27 ~0.28 in Folded: 2.67×6.26×0.6 in (Hinge) ~ 0.54 in(Sagging), Unfolded: 5.04×6.26×0.27 in(Body) ~ 0.23 in(Display)
Dimensions (Millimeters) Folded: 72.6×91.7x16mm, Unfolded: 72.6 x 169.2 x 7.9mm Unfolded: 172×7 2×6.9mm / Folded: 94x72x14mm Folded: 73.6×87.4×15.4 ~17.Three mm / Unfolded: 73.6×167.3×6.9 ~ 7.2 mm Folded: 68.0×159.2×16.8mm (Hinge) ~ 13.8mm(Sagging), Unfolded: 128.2×159.2×6.9mm(Body) ~ 6.0mm(Display)
Weight (Ounces, Grams) 6.77 oz; 192g 7.2 oz; 205g 6.46 oz; 183g 9.95 oz; 282 grams
Cell software program Android 10 Android 9 Pie Android 10 Android 10
Digital camera 48-megapixel (exterior) 16-megapixel exterior (f/1.7, twin pixel AF), 5-megapixel inside 12-megapixel (wide-angle), 12-megapixel (extremely wide-angle) 12-megapixel (essential) + 12-megapixel (huge angle) + 12 megapixel (telephoto)
Entrance-facing digital camera 20-megapixel (inside) Identical as essential 16-megapixel exterior 10-megapixel 10-megapixel, 10-megapixel
Video seize 4K 4K 4K 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus Snapdragon 865 Plus
Storage 256GB 128GB 256GB 256GB
RAM 8GB 6GB 8GB 12GBRAM
Expandable storage No None None No
Battery 2,800 mAh 2,510 mAh 3,300 mAh 4,500 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Again Beneath display screen Energy button Facet
Connector USB-C USB-C USB-C USB-C
Headphone jack No No No No
Particular options 5G enabled, Foldable show, Twin SIM, Time of flight sensor, OIS exterior digital camera, splashproof Foldable show, eSIM, Motorola gestures, splashproof Foldable show; wi-fi PowerShare; wi-fi charging; quick charging 5G enabled, Foldable show, 120Hz refresh charge, wi-fi charging help,
Price off-contract (USD) $1,400 $1,499 $1,380 $2,000
Price (GBP) £1,399 £1,000 £1,300 £1,799
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$2,470 AU$1,799 AU$1,999 AU$2,999

Initially printed Sept. 14



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