A sleeker design complete with a smaller chin
Codenamed ‘Motorola Odyssey’ and set to be marketed as the Motorola Razr (2020) when it launches later this year, the leaked foldable smartphone builds upon the nostalgia that made the 2019 version so unique by adopting a similar form factor.
Efforts have been made to reduce the massive chin below the screen as well. It’s still very much noticeable, as it arguably should be on a Razr device, but Motorola has removed the capacitive fingerprint scanner from the area this time around.
The scanner has presumably been replaced with either an in-screen alternative or one that’s embedded inside the side-mounted power button. Admittedly, the latter does seem a bit small for that, but it can’t be seen in detail so nothing can be said for certain at this stage.
The external display isn’t any bigger either
The Motorola Razr 2019 already had a pretty big external display and Motorola is fully aware. It seems to have made no changes to its size, but the accompanying camera setup has been updated a little.
Acting as the main camera is presumably the sensor that sits inside the visible bump. That is said to be a 48-megapixel shooter and reportedly accompanies a second 20-megapixel shooter, which seems to sit outside of the bump.
On the software side of things, Motorola is planning to pre-install Android 10. That is unsurprising because Android 11 isn’t yet available, but it also means that new features for the secondary panel aren’t guaranteed.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 765, 256GB of storage, and more
Premium smartphones are typically powered by the latest Snapdragon 800-series chipsets. But foldable devices are expensive to manufacture and Motorola wants to keep the price down while offering 5G connectivity, hence its decision to use the Snapdragon 765 inside the Razr (2020).
Accompanying the chipset is 256GB of internal storage as standard, up from 128GB inside the original foldable, and reportedly at least 8GB of RAM, which would represent a boost over the 6GB used last year.
Motorola is believed to have worked on battery life as well by incorporating a higher capacity (2,845mAh) battery inside the device. Battery life wasn’t a strong point on the original, so that change will certainly be welcome.
Motorola Razr (2020) 5G announcement and availability
The new Motorola Razr 5G is expected to make its international debut in September ahead of a launch in the fourth quarter. In the United States, it could again be a Verizon exclusive, although that is yet to be confirmed.
As for pricing, the original model retailed at $1,499 but Motorola could choose to undercut the $1,449 Galaxy Z Flip 5G with the 2020 model.