The Motorola Razr name has been around for many years, but in 2019 the company revived its classic flip phone with a foldable display.
The original model was followed in 2020 with a Razr 5G version, and now a replacement is on the way very soon, so what should we expect from the Motorola Razr 2022? Here are all the news and rumors we’ve found so far about the Razr 2022.
When is the next Motorola Razr coming out?
August 2Probably starting in China
After many months of waiting, Motorola has finally confirmed the date for the Razr 2022 launch event. It will take place on August 2 and will also feature the Moto X30 Pro.
The post on Weibo, translated into English, says: “To meet the height of your expectations this time, we also climbed to the heights. On August 2 at 19:30. The moto conference on the launch of new products invites We invite you to join us. See you at the pinnacle of the dual flagship!”
Evan Blass at 91mobiles predicted a “summer release” and added that it will ship in China first in two colors – Quartz Black and Tranquil Blue – in late July or early August – later followed by a worldwide rollout when it will have to compete with mainly the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4.
However, the CompareDial price leak below states that the only launch color will be Quartz Black.
This is when the previous models made their debut:
How much will the Motorola Razr 2022 cost?
According to an exclusive report from CompareDial, the Razr 3 will cost $1,149, making it $150 cheaper than its predecessor.
Motorola Razr – £1,499 / US$1499 / €1599 Motorola Razr 5G – £1,399 / $1,399 / €1499
The Motorola Razr was one of the first devices with a foldable display and it shows in the dazzling prices of the first two generations. These were similar to those of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, which itself started out at those kinds of prices, but has since dropped to the more acceptable £949 / $999 / €1,049 / 84,999 for the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
So the Razr still won’t be as affordable as its closest rival, though it remains to be seen if Samsung keeps the same price for the upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 4.
What about the specs and design of the 2022 Motorola Razr?
Updated square design without chin 50 Mp main camera 6.7 inch AMOLED 120 Hz screen 3 inch front screen Snapdragon Gen 1 Up to 12 GB RAM and 512 GB storage
Motorola has now confirmed the existence of the Razr 2022 with Lenovo Mobile China GM Chen Jin showing it off on stage (via GSMArena). There is also an official teaser video for the phone that has been posted on Weibo.
In addition, Chen Jin also posted a video on his own Weibo feed showing the larger display on the front. It has an Easter egg where you can shake the phone to throw dice on the screen.
Until the 91mobiles leak mentioned above, little was known about the next Razr, except for a patent (above) that Motorola had filed and noticed by MySmartPrice. The patented design is for a flip phone that flips out so that the screen is on the outside when the phone is closed – like the Huawei Mate X.
However, leaked photos that appear to show the Razr 2022 thankfully show a traditional clamshell style with the main display inside, like previous models.
As you can see in the photo, especially of the phone when closed, this time it looks more like the Galaxy Z Flip 3 with a squarer design and the iconic chin is gone. This means that the fingerprint scanner has been moved into the power button.
Image credit: 91mobiles
Blass also has some specs for the phone, including the dual cameras. This will be a 50Mp, f/1.8 main camera alongside a “combined wide-angle and macro sensor with native resolution of 13Mp”.
Inside, the selfie camera is presumably 32Mp and will sit in the screen through a cut-out perforation. Blass says the screen will be Full HD+ in resolution and XDA Developers says it will be 6.7 inches in size with AMOLED technology and a 120Hz refresh rate.
The larger screen (from 6.5 inches) is supported by a tweet from
Ross Young, the CEO of Display Supply Chain Consultants, who says it will indeed be 6.7 inches and will be made by China Star. Young adds that the display on the front will increase from 2.7 to 3 inches.
Blass has now shown the new design, side-mounted fingerprint scanner and both screens in the following gif, giving us a realistic view of the next Razr – aka Maven.
As expected – and suggested by Chen Jin’s comments – an improved processor is on the way for the Razr 2022. It looks like there will be at least one model with the flagship Snapdragon 8 Gen 1.
Another SKU featuring the unannounced Gen 1 Plus was also in the works, according to Blass, but delays on that chip mean it’s unclear whether this more powerful model will see the light of day or not.
Different combinations of memory and storage are available with 8 or 12 GB or RAM and 256 or 512 GB of storage. However, XDA Developers previously reported possible 6GB and 128GB options.
Image credit: 91mobiles
Finally, you can expect some sort of external display to return, although details are unclear as of yet, and support for both NFC and UWB – also known as ultra-wideband, the positioning technology that powers the Apple AirTag tracker and smart home applications, among other things.
Another element mentioned in the Weibo post is “better human-machine interface”, which could mean the software experience. The Razr 5G shipped with Android 10, with Motorola’s typically clean and simple Android skin, so it was pretty good to start with.
Whether Jin is referring to the possible use of Android 12 or a new Lenovo/Motorola version of that operating system remains to be seen. Of course, we’re at the mercy of translations here, so it could also refer to the physical design of the device itself.
Next up on the rumor mill is disappointing news as, according to a Chinese source, the Razr 3 will have a 2800mAh battery. That’s the same as the previous model and a far cry from the usual 4500mAh found in most modern smartphones. Foldables of this style have smaller batteries due to the design, but the Galaxy Z Flip 3’s is 3300mAh and the Z Flip 4’s are said to be 3700mAh.
What this means is that the Razr 3 may not last a day of normal use before it breaks down, but we’ll see when we get the final details and a review copy.
As more news becomes available, we will update this article. So be sure to come back regularly. In the meantime, check out our guide to the best phones coming in 2022 and the best phones to see which models are worthy of your attention.