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The new Motorola Razr is a beautiful mess

Although the clamshell design of the Motorola Razr 2020 is sleek, the smartphone is simply too expensive
Although the clamshell design of the Motorola Razr 2020 is sleek, the smartphone is simply too expensive
Foldable smartphones are inherently fascinating, and the Motorola Razr 2019 is certainly no exception. In this article we will explain why we would like to recommend it, even though it is difficult to justify.
Florian Schmitt (translated by Marius Schell), 🇩🇪
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What a box: A tower made of black plastic with a glass ceiling contains the upright smartphone and a triangular accessory sleeve. Evidently, Motorola has put a lot of work into creating a great first impression for buyers of the Motorola Razr.

The design is an homage to the Motorola Razr V3 from 2004, a legendary flip phone that set itself apart with a slender silhouette and was only held back by poor software.

While the new Razr is also foldable, the display stretches from the top edge all the way to the bottom this time, which means that it is a smartphone with a foldable display. There is acoustic proof of this, since the display cannot be folded without making some amount of noise. Additionally, the various different surfaces of the Razr largely consist of plastic, which does not result in a very premium appearance.

The smartphone comes with (close to) stock Android and since the initial release, Motorola has released improvements to the software of its foldable smartphone. The GPS is fairly precise and Motorola has included a few neat features for the secondary display on the back.

This does not sound all that bad, right? Unfortunately, the Motorola Razr's price of 1499 Euros ($1499 in the US) is far too high relative to the performance and features of the device: A mid-range processor, a dim display, a single-camera that leaves something to be desired in terms of sharpness, and a small battery complicate a recommendation for the Motorola Razr.

Still, enthusiasts with a fondness for innovation and nostalgics who still remember the Razr V3 may want to take a closer look at our in-depth review of the Motorola Razr 2019. Despite all of its weaknesses, this smartphone is an eye-catcher with fascinating technology.

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Florian Schmitt
Editor of the original article: Florian Schmitt - Managing Editor Mobile - 856 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2009
I initially wrote about gaming laptops when I joined Notebookcheck in 2009. I was then involved with the setup of the comparison portal Notebookinfo and worked with social media concepts for large companies like BMW and Adidas, while also returning to work for Notebookcheck in 2012. Nowadays, I focus on smartphones, tablets, and future technologies. Since 2018 I have been Managing Editor for mobile device reviews, working alongside my colleague Daniel Schmidt.
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Marius Schell
Translator: Marius Schell - Tech Writer - 266 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2020
Even in my youth I was already very enthusiastic about technology, and as a result I started building PCs, optimizing them, and writing programs while I was still in school. When dealing with the inevitable hardware and software problems associated with computers, I was always relentless in my search for the necessary solutions. The compact forms of laptops and smartphones introduced further challenges in this regard. In my reviews for Notebookcheck I try to communicate as objectively as possible how well a device copes with these hurdles.
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Florian Schmitt, 2020-06-19 (Update: 2020-06-16)