(Pocket-lint) – Motorola chose not to refresh its foldable Razr phone in 2021, instead, waiting until 2022 to bring us a drastic update. This means it’s been a long while since we’ve seen an entry into the Razr lineup and, understandably, Moto fans are anxious to see what’s in store with the latest version.
This is everything we have heard about the Motorola Razr 2022, including when it might be released, what it might offer and how it might improve on the 2020 model.
Motorola Razr 2022 release date and price
- Launch event on August 2, 2022 in China
- European and global release shortly after
- €1,149 / £1,149
The Razr 2022 is expected to launch in China first, with other markets following shortly afterwards. Motorola has an event planned for August 2, 2022, where it is expected to officially unveil the new phone. Notably, the launch event takes place a week prior to Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event, where it is expected to reveal the Z Flip 4.
The last Razr phone launched in September 2022, while the first debuted in November 2019. It could be possible that we see a global release date in September for the Razr 2022, too.
The Razr 2022 is said to have a European MSRP of €1,149 – this is significantly cheaper than the Razr 5G, which launched at €1,399. In the UK, the Razr 5G also carried a £1,399 MSRP, so we might expect a 1:1 exchange rate here, too, putting the UK price at £1,149.
- Still in
- Power button fingerprint sensor
- Only available in Quartz Black initially
The design has changed quite significantly since the last generation. Deviating from the classic retro looks and becoming more akin to the popular Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
The distinctive chin has been removed, allowing the inner display to extend to the entire length of the device.
The fingerprint sensor has moved, too, now residing on the power button. On the last phone, it was situated on the rear, whereas the original Razr placed it on the chin. In our experience, neither placement was ideal, so this could prove to be a much more convenient location.
Hello Maven. pic.twitter.com/xV7SbQYzrx
— Ev (@evleaks) May 24, 2022
The Razr 2022 will be available in Quartz Black only at launch, though, we might see other colors later. Some rumors said there would be a blue variant, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see one appearing at a later date.
- 6.7-inch foldable display
- FHD+ resolution
- 2.65-inch or 3-inch external display
The display sizes have increased on the Razr 2022, both for the internal display and the external.
Supply chain analyst, Ross Young, suggests that the Razr 2022 will feature a 6.7-inch foldable display, up from 6.2-inches on the Razr 5G. More recently, TENAA listings have backed this up, suggesting we’ll see a 6.67-inch display with a resolution of 2400 x 1080
The external display was expected to be 3 inches, rather than 2.7 inches on its predecessor, but TENAA certifications have conflicting information. We’re unsure which is correct at this stage, but TENAA listings are usually quite reliable and suggest we’ll be getting a 2.65-inch display with 800 x 573 resolution.
Since the next Motorola Razr image has leaked, I can say it will have a 6.7″ foldable display rather than the 6.2″ on the Razr 5G. It will be made by China Star. The cover display will expand from 2.7″ to ~3″.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 13, 2022
The internal display is thought to feature a hole-punch camera cutout, rather than the sizable notch found on the Razr 5G.
Hardware and specs
- Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1
- 12GB RAM
- 512GB storage
- Dual cell battery?
Rumors point to the Razr 2022 running on the latest and greatest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, along with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
We may see multiple variations, perhaps a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 model with 8GB RAM and 256GB storage, though there is some uncertainty here.
Either way, it’s nice that we’ll be seeing proper flagship specs on the new Razr as the mid-tier processor was a pain point on previous models.
Previous leaks suggested we’d see the same battery capacity as the previous model, 2800mAh. However, TENAA certifications hint at a dual-cell design with 660mAh and 2660mAh packs working in tandem to create a 3320mAh battery – which would better compete with Samsung’s Z Flip models.
- 50MP f/1.8 primary camera
- 13MP ultrawide
- 32MP punch-hole selfie camera
For cameras, we’re expecting a 50-megapixel main shooter with an f/1.8 aperture, this should be complemented by a 13-megapixel ultrawide.
The selfie camera is expected to be 32-megapixels, and as we mentioned, it’ll be a hole-punch design, rather than a notch.
The camera on previous models was another weak spot, so we’re hoping that Motorola steps things up with this generation. At the very least, we’ll get an additional lens, as the Razr 5G only had a solitary snapper.
Motorola Razr 2022 rumors: What’s happened so far?
This is everything we have heard so far about the Motorola Razr 2022.
29 July 2022: Moto Razr 2022 and X30 Pro TENAA listings re-affirm specs ahead of launch
This virtually confirms the Razr will feature a larger screen than its predecessor, bringing it up to the size of a standard smartphone display.
23 July 2022: Motorola Razr launch date gets confirmed – and it’s before Samsung’s next event
It appears that Motorola will be revealing its device before Samsung does, with confirmation of an event in China on 2 August.
13 July 2022: Motorola teases the Razr 2022 ahead of launch
The GM of Lenovo Mobile China shared some images on Weibo and Motorola posted a short teaser video, also on Weibo. The posts revealed that the device will be sold as the Razr 2022, whereas it had previously been referred to as the Razr 3.
21 June 2022: Razr 3 battery specs leak
A leak has suggested that the Motorola Razr 3 will have a 2800mAh battery.
17 June 2022: New leak reveals Motorola Razr 3 pricing and color options
Supposedly, the Razr 3 will retail for €1,149 in Europe – a significant drop compared to its predecessor’s €1,339 MSRP. It will only be available in Quartz Black at launch.
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23 May 2022: Moto Razr 3 to be equipped with flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor?
In its teaser – shared on Weibo by its general manager – the poster has a simple message ‘Hello Moto, hello Snapdragon 8+’, with what looks like the silhouette of a folding smartphone beneath it.
9 May 2022: The Motorola Razr 3 will have bigger screens, inside and out
Notable display industry analyst, Ross Young, says we can expect both screens on the Razr to increase in size, with the internal screen now set to match that found on the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
9 May 2022: Could this be our first glimpse of the Motorola Razr 3?
A pair of images have surfaced depicting what looks like the next Motorola Razr phone.
28 March 2022: Moto Razr 3 could come with 512GB of storage
In a post to the social media site, Weibo, one of the company’s executives shared that it intends to launch more Moto phones with 512GB storage this year, specifically citing foldable devices.
11 January 2022: Motorola Razr 3 could run on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
An XDA developer story reveals that the next Razr could feature flagship processing power.
20 December 2021: A Motorola Razr 3 foldable phone is in the works, Lenovo exec confirms
Motorola is working on a Motorola Razr 3, as confirmed by a Lenovo executive Chen Jin on the Chinese social media platform Weibo.
Writing by Luke Baker. Editing by Britta O’Boyle.