6.7/10
Informr score
The Motorola Razr (2019) currently has an Informr score of 6.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 21 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Foldable smartphone
  • Compact
  • Front screen when closed

What's bad

  • Very expensive
  • Poor battery life
  • Creaking hinges
  • Mediocre camera

Motorola Razr hopes to capture the nostalgia of a flip phone with the functionality of a smartphone. Razr has perfected the look with a folding screen, but is it enough that the phone flips open and shut and how well does it work?

Design

The phone design is striking and exciting. When unfolded the screen is virtually seamless and when folded closed it will easily fit into your pocket without worrying about accidentally calling someone or scratching your display. A textured back-plate and power button add stability and grip to the phone. Reviewers had no problems with dropping the phone or having it slide off from surfaces.

Display

The Motorola Razr offers two screens. One is an HD, 6.2-inch, plastic AMOLED screen. The second is a 2.7-inch OLED screen on the outside to show notifications, date, and time when the phone is closed. Unfortunately, reviewers stated there was an obvious bumpy texture when using the screen folded flat, leaving the phone feeling flimsy and cheap.

Performance

The Razr’s performance was lacking for most reviewers. They found the controls and actions delayed and slow to react. They also found the connectivity of the phone to be an issue where it was hit or miss to get a signal.

Tom’s Guide says, “... The Razr will not give you the power you’re paying for.”

Software & Storage

Motorola Razr runs Android 9 with some software tweaks. here are some pre-installed apps out of the box, so prepare to sacrifice some space for apps you might never use. Fortunately, the 128GB of storage is decent, but there is no room for growth as it does not offer a micro SD option.

Cameras

Camera quality underwhelmed reviewers. It’s okay in really good lighting and bad in dark or low light settings. Which just wasn’t acceptable for most reviewers considering the price and advances in mobile cameras in the past year or two. The photos seem to have some dithering and noise especially if the light isn’t optimal.

PC Magazine said, “As the light goes down, the Razr's performance declines further, with photos getting dim and noisy. Ultimately, I felt like I was taking pictures with a [low priced] phone, not a[n expensive] one.”

Battery Life

From dismal to okay, reviewers were split on the phone’s battery performance. Reviews found it lasted between 5 and 7 hours when tested. The 5-hour end being for gameplay and the 7-hour being video and media consumption.

Audio

The audio was considered middling, with a somewhat tinny experience, flat sound and no bass.

Specs at a Glance

  • Plastic chassis
  • 6.2 AMOLED display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor
  • 6GB of RAM
  • Android 9 with tweaks
  • 128GB of storage
  • 16MP rear camera with front-facing 5MP selfie camera
  • 2510 mAh battery
  • 2.7-inch outward-facing screen when closed

Bottom Line

With the big a price tag the Motorola Razr carries, one would expect a lot from the phone. Sadly, many reviewers found ita disappointment. Between a bumpy, flimsy feeling screen and slow to middling performance, it came off as a good idea not quite fleshed out before release.

Tech Radar states, “While it does offer a foldable form factor that minimizes its footprint and allows it to fit in smaller pockets, and pulls off some awesome selfies, the phone cuts corners to achieve its diminutive size, with less power, onboard storage, and battery capacity.”

Tom’s Guide says, "The Motorola Razr offers a large display in a futuristic foldable design, but its questionable durability, short battery life, and lackluster camera make it a tough sell”

PC Magazine remarks, "Motorola's gorgeous folding Razr doesn't deliver the performance you expect from a [very expensive] phone”


Operating system
Android
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
6.2"
Camera
16+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


Notebookcheck

The Motorola Razr 2019 is a foldable smartphone that comes with a hefty price tag for its features. Despite all of its shortcomings, its slim silhouette is fascinating to look at.

- Florian Schmitt, Notebookcheck
Gear Hungry

The Motorola Razr is a high-end smartphone crafted from first-rate stainless steel, glass, and plastic materials, with its foldable attribute as the phone’s primary highlight. The phone reverses on its head and closes into a clamshell form to turn into a smaller, more pocket-friendly size, which mak...

- Jordan Carter, Gear Hungry
Ars Technica

The Razr feels like a fake product. It's back-ordered for a month at a time, the distribution is extremely limited, and even when you get one, it's broken. From the very first leaks, the phone seemed like it was too good to be true. Motorola has proved it was—and that the company just can't pull som...

- Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica
XDA Developers

As for the performance, the choice of Snapdragon 710 does feel odd, especially since Samsung has been using flagship chipsets on its foldable devices – Snapdragon 855 on the Galaxy Fold and Snapdragon 855+ on the Galaxy Z Flip. But, Motorola is confident that the phone can handle all the challenges...

- Tushar Mehta, XDA Developers
TechRadar

The Motorola Razr is an inspired effort to liberate the world from the boredom of the dominant glass rectangle phone design. While it does offer a foldable form factor that minimizes its footprint and allows it to fit in smaller pockets, and pulls off some awesome selfies, the phone cuts corners to...

- David Lumb, TechRadar


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Screen Size
6.2"

The Motorola Razr (2019)'s screen size is 6.2 inches with 876 x 2142 pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SDM710 Octa-core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 9.0 Pie operating system (OS).

Camera
16+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 16+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
128 GB

Internal memory is 128 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
2510mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 2510 mAh battery.

Razr (2019) Specs

Overview
Release date February 6, 2020
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
Networks
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, 1xRTT, EV-DO, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 9.0 Pie

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SDM710 Octa-core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 128 GB
RAM 6 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Unknown
TTY/TDD Unknown
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headphones
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 2510 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging Yes
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Unknown
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Design type Flip
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Noir Black, Blush Gold
Dimensions [H x W x D] 17.2 x 7.2 x 0.69 cm (6.8 x 2.8 x 0.3 in)
Weight 205 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Water Resistant
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology P-OLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 876 x 2142 pixels
Pixel density 373 pixels
Size 6.2 inches
Secondary Display Color OLED, 600 x 800 pixels, 2.7 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Yes
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer Unknown
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB USB Type-C
USB OTG Support Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth 5.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC Yes
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet Unknown
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
ƒ/ 1.7
Resolution
16+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Night mode, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats
MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
Aperture F2.0
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, MIDI, MP3, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, FLV, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack Yes
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Unknown
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Unknown
Document Viewer Yes
Weather Yes
Stocks Unknown
Maps Yes
NotePad Unknown
Voice Memos / Recorder Unknown
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps
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