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