Well, that successor device is here, as the Motorola Razer 2020 is now announced. So will this new foldable phone fulfill the capacity of its predecessor?
You’ll have to wait for our full review to be sure, but just looking at the on-paper specs and design, along with its price, we’ve compared it to the previous Motorola Razr to see how you’d find the new phone followed the old one. did.
Motorola Razr 2020 vs Motorola Razr 2019 Price and Availability
The Motorola Razor 2020 will be priced at $ 1,399 / £ 1,399 (roughly AU $ 2,500) when it goes on sale in ‘early autumn’ (Q3 2020) – possibly September or October.
This is slightly lower than the previous Motorola Razor launch price, priced at $ 1,499 / AU $ 2,699, while in the UK it was available on contracts starting from £ 94 with just £ 100 per month – from £ 2,359 in 24 months more .
So both models cost a lot, but you get upgraded specs on the Motorola Razer 2020 at a lower launch price, which is good to see. However, we hope that Razr 2019 will get a discount now that there is a new model for the market.
Design and performance
The Razer 2020 has the same design as the Razor 2019, but has been slightly revised and refined. Both phones have a clamshell form factor, with a smaller front screen and the ability to open the phone for a 6.2-inch smartphone-sized inner polled display. (Both performances remained unchanged in the new Razor.)
However, while the Motorola Razr 2019 has a larger chin with fingerprint scanner, the chin for the Motorola Razr 2020 is smaller and the scanner is on the back.
The same design results in nearly identical dimensions, although the new phone is far less thick. The Motorola Razor 2020 Unfold comes at 72.6 x 169.2 x 7.9 mm, while it is 72.6 x 91.79 mm. The previous razor meanwhile is 72 x 172 x 6.9 mm when exposed and 72 x 94 x 14 mm when folded.
Despite not being a bit thick yet, the new Razr is also lighter at 192g than the 205g of the Razr 2019.
The color is also slightly different, with the Motorola Razer 2020 being available in Polished Graphite, Liquid Mercury and Blush Gold shades, while the Razer 2019 is only available in Noir Black and Blush Gold.
Both phones are water-repellent, but neither of them has enough water resistance. Motorola claims the new razor has been stress-tested for improved hinge resistance, claiming it will run through 200,000 folds – or nearly 100 times a day for five years.
For display, the two razor models both have a 6.2-inch 876 x 2142 foldable main screen and a 2.7-inch 600 x 800 secondary screen. They both use POLED for the main screen – ‘P’ for plastic.
But while there is not much change in the hardware for the screen, there have been some changes to the software to help you get more out of the secondary screen – things like shortcuts to call directly from the secondary screen. However, some of these improvements have come in previous razors since launch, as part of its Android 10 update.
A major change for the new razor model is the camera, as the Motorola razor 2020 has a 48MP f / 1.7 main snapper (which defines 12MP photos by adding pixels to let in more light) and 20MP f / 2.2 front-facing Camera. The main camera also has optical image stabilization (OIS).
On the other hand Motorola Razor 2019 has 16MP f / 1.7 main camera (with no OIS) and 5MP f / 2.0 front-facing camera.
On paper then the Motorola Razor 2020 seems like an obvious upgrade here, but we’ll have to see how it performs in practice.
The battery in the Motorola Razr 2020 is 2,800mAh, which is not particularly heavy, but larger than the 2,510mAh one in the Motorola Razr 2019. The charging speed, however, does not change with supporting up to 15W. Neither model has wireless charging.
In practice we were not too impressed with the battery life of the Razr 2019 when we put it through a review, so we’ll have to wait and see if the size bump here has made enough of a difference.
Specs and Features
A major addition to the Motorola Razor 2020 is 5G, which should be somewhat proof-proof in the future, even if you’re somewhere that currently has 5G coverage.
This is enabled by a Snapdragon 765G chipset and 8GB of RAM in the Razer 2020, both upgraded to the Snapdragon 710 chipset and 6GB of RAM in the Motorola Razer 2019. Both are still the configurations we would expect from a mid-range phone.
Motorola Razr 2020 also has more storage, 256GB more than 128GB in Razr 2019. Also the Motorola Razr 2020 ships with Android 10, while the older model was launched with Android 9 – although it can now be updated to 10.
It is worth noting that Android 11 has just landed, so none of it to date, but we would fully expect the Motorola Razer 2020 to be updated for Android 11 at some point, and the possibility of Razer 2019 as well Will – although it will definitely stop receiving updates before the new phone.
The Motorola Razor 2020 looks somewhat like a similar phone to the Razor 2019 – certainly the design is similar, with some tweaks and refinements.
The screens are also similar, but the real changes are under the hood, with the Motorola Razer 2020 having 5G connectivity, upgraded cameras, more power, more storage, and a larger battery, all for a lower launch price.
But while the new model looks precariously better than the old one, the real question – which we want to answer in our full review – is how much better, as the Razer 2019 was a flawed device, and with the competition stacked by choice from the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, Motorola may need to make a big improvement in competition.