The Motorola Razr 2021 is going to be the third-generation foldable phone from popular handset maker Motorola, and one of the most expected bending devices that’ll be out in 2021.
The Razr series was being released in yearly iterations, a report suggests there might be no 2021 version of the handset. With the 2022 model seeing bigger improvements it gets an extra year of development. That’s not a confirmed report, though.
Now the reports suggest that Motorola has delayed the production of the next-gen Razr from this year to late 2022. The source does not mention any specific reason behind this delay but the issue has to be related to the chip shortage that’s plaguing the world right now. Or probably Motorola is taking extra time to ensure critics do not find faults with the next one.
The Motorola Razr and Razr 2020, the 2021 edition of Moto’s foldable now has many earlier models to build on to make something amazing – hopefully, the company has learned from the two prior devices.
The Motorola Razr 5G is a new foldable, though it’s a sequel to a sequel. It is not different from the idea behind the original, which was to merge the flip phones of old with the folding display technology of 2020.
Motorola has held off on releasing the Razr 2, which may not be the final name for the device and is just being used as a placeholder.
Motorola Razr 2021 is a compact device when folded and a normal-sized smartphone when opened. Its direct competitor is the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5G, and tertiary competitors in other folding phones, such as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2 and, to a certain degree, the LG V60 and LG Velvet.
Why Foldable Device?
Motorola’s goal with this phone was to create a desirable, premium device that appeals to those who are looking for foldable phones. But Motorola is also trying something new here. The folding form is in its nascent and none of the products in the market have truly found their footing.
Motorola Razr 5G? It’s a refined experiment, a chance to get things (more) right while serving as the shiny hero of Motorola’s lineup.
Who is it for?
The Motorola Razr 2021 is a phone of the future and also a phone of the past. While it takes its basic approach from the famous 2005 smash hit, it displays some of the latest innovations from Motorola and beyond. Even after having been in the market a full year now, folding screens are still a fresh concept. They have yet to scale down from pricey showpieces to more mainstream, affordable fare.
The Motorola Razr 5G is for people who are bored with current phone designs, who long for something different and new, who want something to show off to their friends in order to stir discussion. At $1,400, it’s an expensive one that’s out of reach for most people. That makes the Razr 5G a luxury item.
It is not for all. The first Razr was widely panned for its creaky hinge. Now it says that the hinge of its new phone has been completely redesigned and is stronger than ever. Moreover, folding display tech has yet to prove itself of real value to consumers. This could be a craze that fades into oblivion — or it could be the next big thing. We just don’t know yet.
But the Motorola 5G is first and foremost for those who can afford it.
Motorola’s first two foldable are interesting but flawed, so there’s a lot of room for improvement here.
Motorola Razr 2021 price and release date
Motorola doesn’t have a consistent release schedule for this range, so it’s hard to predict exactly when the Motorola Razr 2021 will be unveiled, but it might go out in or around the next year.
The source suggests the 2022 Razr will see bigger improvements as a result.
There’s no price defined yet, but the Motorola Razr 2020 cost $1,399 / £1,399 (around AU$1,900) at launch, so you might see a similar price for the Motorola Razr 2021 model.
What to expect from Motorola Razr 2020
The Motorola Razr 2020 has a lot to like about it but not without its share of issues. For the Motorola Razr 2021 to be a five-star phone it could do with the following.
1. A lower price
The Motorola Razr 2020 isn’t as expensive as the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2, but it still costs more than most traditional smartphones, even top-end ones, and it isn’t a top-end handset itself.
As such, and specifically in the face of competition from the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip range, we’d like to see the Motorola Razr 2021 have a lower price. If it can come closer to $1,000/£1,000 that would make it a lot more tempting.
2. Better battery life
One of the major drawbacks of the Razr 2020 is its battery life. Despite having two screens the phone only has a 2,800mAh battery, which is far smaller than most phones, and that translates into a life that’s often under a day.
It would possibly fare better if you use more of the small secondary screen rather than the main display, and it could be hard to put a much bigger battery in it without sacrificing the compact size.
3. Creaks resolved
Another issue with Motorola Razr 2020 was that the hinge would creak when unfolding the screen. This was an issue with the 2019 model too, but probably it’s fixed for the Motorola Razr 2021.
While Motorola reassures that the creak is nothing to worry about, it’s also not something that you want a premium device to exhibit.
4. More cameras
The Razr 2020’s cameras aren’t dull as such but they’re fairly basic, as there’s just a 48MP f/1.7 main camera and a 20MP f/2.2 selfie camera, so you don’t get the combination of snappers that even quite affordable phones often now have.
5. A better screen
The Razr 2020 has two screens but neither of them is particularly special. Its main 6.2-inch screen has a slightly lower resolution than most high-end and even many mid-range phones at 876 x 2142, and it just has a basic 60Hz refresh rate too.
Its other screen is even less impressive at 2.7 inches and 600 x 800, though that’s more forgivable since it’s designed as a smaller, lesser screen.
6. An any-angle screen
Coming to the screen, the Razr 2020’s main display can either be open flat or closed, but the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip lets you use the phone at any angle. If you want to half-open the main screen so you can make it look flat at a right angle, for example, you can.
Hopefully, you will like the Motorola Razr 2021 to also have this ability. It’s a small thing, but it helps make the most of having a screen that folds.
7. Top-tier power
The Motorola Razr 2020 has a Snapdragon 765G chipset, which is upper mid-range, but given that this phone costs more than most flagships we’d like to see high-end power.
So unless the Motorola Razr 2021 is significantly cheaper, probably it will have Snapdragon 888 chipset.
The fact is, instead of releasing a new iteration of the Razr 5G this year just for the sake of it, it makes sense for Motorola to rethink its foldable strategy and stick to conventional Android handsets this year.