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Motorola Razr 40: The foldable for purists

The Motorola Razr 40 is an affordable flip smartphone that looks posh thanks to its aluminum frame and imitation leather.
The Motorola Razr 40 is an affordable flip smartphone that looks posh thanks to its aluminum frame and imitation leather.
A few days ago, we tested the Razr 40, a foldable that does without some features and is sold at a lower price. We summarize our findings here.

"It can be cheaper," thought Motorola, intending to finally put an end to the seemingly endless flood of foldable smartphones well over US$1000.

The Razr 40 doesn't even cost US$800 (US$755 in Green and Cream at Amazon) and still offers enough power for demanding tasks, a slick chassis made of aluminum and imitation leather, and a small external display. You can receive notifications on it and, if necessary, use simple applications such as media control.

So what do you have to sacrifice? On the one hand, a large front display, and on the other hand, the most modern and fastest memory configuration. Here, Motorola uses UFS 2.2, which is no longer up-to-date for this price range. Then again, wireless charging is also included, which was a highlight of the more expensive Motorola Razr 40 Ultra. The USB port is annoying: Motorola only installs USB 2.0, so fast data transfers are not possible, nor is image transfer, which also limits Motorola's Ready For. This function can only be used wirelessly.

The cameras aren't exactly what you'd expect from a high-end smartphone either, but they still take decent photos. However, the overall standard for foldables is not that high. More pleasing are the stable WLAN and the numerous mobile radio frequencies, which make the Razr 40 a smartphone that can be used worldwide.

The localization capabilities, the good voice quality, and the loudspeakers of the Motorola Razr 40 are also solid features, as well as the bright 144 Hz screen with DC dimming. As is so often the case with Motorola, you get stock Android and the manufacturer also promises 4 years of updates and 3 major operating system versions.

So, if you are looking for an affordable foldable and can do without the external display and every bit of performance, you'll get a high-quality device with retro vibes.

Those wanting to learn more about the Motorola Razr 40 can take a look at our our detailed review with its numerous benchmarks and result tables.

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Florian Schmitt, 2023-07-27 (Update: 2023-07-27)