Motorola Razr 2: Everything we know right now (Update: 360 degree view)
Update: August 19, 2020 (04:15 PM ET): Weâ€™ve updated our Motorola Razr 2 rumor hub to include new details of the foldableâ€™s possible move away from Verizon exclusivity in the US. Read on for more!
Original article: May 20, 2020 (10AM ET): The Motorola Razr reboot captured the imagination of many consumers upon its unveiling last year. The phone was a modern, foldable take on the original Razr flip phone of the 2000s.
Unfortunately, the reboot didnâ€™t enjoy a fantastic critical or commercial reception. That isnâ€™t stopping the company from releasing a follow-up though. From specs and design to availability, here are all the major Motorola Razr 2 rumors in one place.
When is the Motorola Razr 2 launching?
We first got word of the new Razr in early June, when a Lenovo South Africa executive told the Reframed podcast that a â€œsecond-generationâ€� Razr was coming. More specifically, the representative said the new foldable phone was supposed to launch around September.
On August 12, Motorola finally teased the Razr 2â€™s announcement date as September 9, 2020. While not mentioning the Razr by name, the virtual event will â€œflip the smartphone experience once again,â€� so itâ€™s safe to assume the launch will include the companyâ€™s foldable successor.
Motorola Razr 2 design rumors
The new foldable phone is expected to offer the same basic form factor as the previous model, so that means a clamshell design with a foldable internal screen and a smaller (non-folding) external display.
However, XDA-Developers reports that the screens will be the same size as the original phoneâ€™s displays. That means a 6.2-inch foldable display and a 2.7-inch external screen. Either way, the latter is shaping up to be bigger than the Galaxy Z Flipâ€˜s tiny ticker display.
Meanwhile, display industry insider Ross Young tweeted that the Motorola Razr 2â€™s screens will both be bigger than the first-generation model. Check out the tweet below.
The Motorola Razr 2 screen size will increase to the same size as the Galaxy Z Flip, 6.7â€�. The front display will also increase in size.
â€” Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) June 3, 2020
Nevertheless, hereâ€™s hoping the internal screen is more durable than the first Razr. Weâ€™d also like to see Motorola bring more features to the external display.
On July 27, leaker Evan Blass added an image to his Patreon detailing potential design tweaks on the upcoming foldable. Dubbed â€œOdyssey,â€� the foldableâ€™s external screen remains but boasts a smaller chin with no visible signs of a fingerprint sensor.
Blass added a GIF to his Twitter account on August 22, showing off a 360 degree view of the Motorola Razr 2. You can check it out below.
The 360 view shows off the main display, the external screen, as well as the rear camera and what appears to be a fingerprint scanner embedded in the rear Moto logo. The latter would be a return to a years-long tradition for the brand, as itâ€™s used a scanner embedded in the logo in quite a few phones before.
Motorola Razr 2 rumored specs
The original Razr offered an upper mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset that was actually quite old by the time the phone went on sale. In fact, the processor first appeared in phones back in 2018 and was succeeded by the Snapdragon 730 series in mid-2019.
Now, this wouldnâ€™t be a big deal if the Razr was reasonably priced for a foldable, but the phone was extremely expensive upon launch. So critics were understandably annoyed at this. Toss in 6GB of RAM, 128GB of non-expandable storage, a single 16MP main camera, 5MP selfie camera, and a tiny 2,510mAh battery, and youâ€™ve got a phone that seems more like a mid-ranger at best.
XDA-Developers managed to obtain some Razr 2 specs though, and it seems like weâ€™ve got a somewhat improved phone overall. The new device is said to offer a Snapdragon 765 chipset with 5G, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a still small 2,845mAh battery. Furthermore, itâ€™s believed that weâ€™ve got a 48MP main camera and a 20MP selfie shooter this time.
More specs leaked on July 2 via Evan Blass, which largely corroborates XDA-Developersâ€˜ initial leak. Blassâ€™ information includes mention of a Nano-SIM and eSIM combo, with a colorway dubbed Mercury Silver. Again, a 20MP selfie camera and 48MP primary camera are also listed.
Certification documents from TUV Rheinland (via MySmartPrice) on August 17 shed light on the possible battery configuration of the Razr 2. The listing suggests the phone could arrive in as many as four variants, but itâ€™s not clear what differentiates these devices.
As for the Razr 2â€™s battery design, the phone may use two batteries in its folding body with a combined rated capacity of 2,633mAh. The listed 18W charging is also a step up from the 15W charging offered on the first device.
What to expect in terms of pricing?
The original Razr launched at an eye-watering $1,500, which wasnâ€™t great when you consider the actual spec sheet. Making matters worse was the fact that the cheaper Samsung Galaxy Z Flip seemed to offer better build quality too and overall specs too.
The high price may have contributed to disappointing sales, with Verizon offering a two-for-one Razr deal a couple of months after its initial release.
Thereâ€™s no word on the Motorola Razr 2 price, but you can bet that the firm doesnâ€™t want to have to resort to a two-for-one deal again in order to shift units. And with foldable phone production expected to drop in price over time, hereâ€™s hoping we see a price drop compared to the original Razr.
Availability is another big question mark, as the first model was released in Europe, India, the UK, and the US. Unfortunately, this was a carrier exclusive in the latter two markets (EE and Verizon respectively). Thereâ€™s no official word on carrier exclusivity, but evidence shared by Evan Blass suggests the Razr 2 could also work with AT&T. Itâ€™s not clear if this means there will also be an unlocked model, but it would seem silly for Motorola to have two exclusive deals and not offer an unlocked option.
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