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Motorola’s foldable Razr+ will have a giant external display

Motorola’s foldable Razr+ will have a giant external display

Motorola skipped the US market with the Razr last year, but it’s back — and there may be reasons to consider the company’s latest foldable phone over Samsung’s competing Galaxy Z Flip series. The company introduced the Razr 2023 family under the title Razr + (Razr 40). Ultra in Europe), a flagship model that’s the focus of its relatively massive 3.6-inch, 1,056 x 1,066 external display, running at up to 144Hz. The extra real estate allows for quick access to “Boards” (including a dedicated Spotify board) and even mini-games.

Folding action is also improved. Like the Z Flip, you can now open the device from different angles for hands-free recording and video viewing. And the redesigned hinge makes this phone the thinnest foldable phone on the market when closed, Motorola claims. The internal 6.9-inch, 165Hz 1080p display (slightly larger than 6.7-inches before) is “near-wrinkle-free” at the same time, and you’ll find spatial audio that includes Dolby Atmos support.

The Razr+ is no faster than the 2022 model with its Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chip and 8GB of RAM. Motorola is rethinking its camera approach, mind you. The new phone has a 12MP main camera, but its dual pixel autofocus and wide f/1.5 aperture make it well suited for low-light shots. You’ll also find a 13MP ultra-wide camera that doubles as a macro shot, and a 32MP selfie camera housed in a hole in the main screen. The Cover should last longer, too, thanks to a larger 3,800mAh battery that’s said to last all day and night with 30W wired or wireless charging.

The price may be similar to the phone itself. The Motorola Razr+ with 256GB of storage will sell on June 23 through its website, AT&T, Google Fi, T-Mobile, Optimum Mobile, and Spectrum Mobile for $1,000, or $41.67 per month on a two-year installment plan. In Europe, it is now available for 1,200 euros. This is much lower than the price of previous US models, and makes it competitive with the Galaxy Z Flip 4 you can buy as of this writing. It’s just a matter of whether or not you like Motorola’s hardware enough to avoid waiting for the possible Galaxy Z Flip 5 launch this summer.

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There will also be a rare option for budget-conscious people, or those who simply want to reduce the temptation to check their phone. The regular Motorola Razr (Razr 40 elsewhere) has a 6.9-inch, 144Hz, 1080p main display with the same hinge technology as the higher-end model, but carries a smaller 1.5-inch external display that provides just the basics — in a sense, it It goes back to the older Z Flip models.

You will have to settle for the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 and 128 GB of storage. However, you will get a larger 4,200mAh battery and a higher-resolution 64MP main camera. This may be the best option if you are more concerned with longevity than raw speed.

The Razr Base will arrive in North America sometime in the “coming months.” Motorola hasn’t disclosed pricing, but executives say the device will be “measurably cheaper” than the Razr+. If so, it could make it one of the first modestly priced Folds in the US. You won’t have to shell out top-tier money to get a phone in your pocket, even if you sacrifice some performance in the process.