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Moto Razr 2022: a new teardown video reveals potential hinge and display upgrades compared to last-gen Motorola foldables

The Moto Razr 2022. (Source: WekiHome via YouTube)
The Moto Razr 2022. (Source: WekiHome via YouTube)
With its Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 processor, 144Hz OLED display and 50MP main rear camera, the Moto Razr 2022 might prove a vast improvement over its 5G predecessor. A new video, in which one of these new clamshell Android units is disassembled, highlights the new front panel and hinge design that could also solve some problems linked to older Motorola foldable smartphones.

The Moto Razr 2022 has debuted with specs to give the competing Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 a headache and, moreover, has now also proven a sales hit already. Then again, as the teardown vlogger WekiHome points out, it still has not much more than IPX2-level ingress protection (with, for example, a P2i water-repelling coating for its motherboard) and might, thus, require slightly more careful handling than usual.

On the other hand, a Razr 2022 user might be empowered to snap its main flexible display closed to their heart's content and with impunity - compared to its forebears, at least. Their new replacement drops the chin that, while replete with nostalgia points for replicating that old-school clamshell look, snagged the OLED under it.

This was done so as to control creasing in the first-gen Razr and its 5G refresh, but may also have been a point of failure over time. The new 2022 model, on the other hand, has a main display held in place at the top and bottom instead.

It also has a new hinge, which can be removed as one, its Motorola-branded cover included, and sports thin metal 'wings' that take at least some of the strain of its action every time it is opened and closed again.

WekiHome's teardown video - which also incorporates an unboxing (revealing details such as a power brick for the Razr 2022's slightly underwhelming top charging speed) and re-assembly for the phone - also dug up some additional interesting nuggets.

That new 6.7-inch 144Hz panel, for example, is made by Huaxing Optoelectronics - also known as TCL's CSOT - and reportedly has a diamond pixel matrix and an improved 3.3mm teardrop bend when closed.

Furthermore, the Razr 2022's main board is equipped with multiple thermal paste blobs and thermal pads under a copper vapor chamber. (Then again, WekiHome recommends going easy on the Genshin Impact, as the device's 8+ Gen 1, LPDDR5 RAM and UFS 3.1 flash memory might still be susceptible to overheating).

Finally, the Razr 2022's new battery is divided unequally between a 712mAh cell in one half and a 2,788mAh one in the other.

All in all, the Moto Razr 2022 gives the impression of being a relatively easy self-repair job...for its form-factor, that is. It will be interesting to see how its new design holds up in the long term.

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Deirdre O'Donnell, 2022-08-14 (Update: 2022-08-14)