Motorola's iconic Razr flip phone gets a fresh coat of paint for 2023

Shawn Knight

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In a nutshell: Motorola has taken the wraps off a pair of new foldables, both of which carry the namesake of one of the most iconic mobile phones ever created. The Motorola Razr+ is without a doubt the more interest of the two - so much, in fact, that Motorola barely mentioned the standard device in its press release.

The clamshell features a 6.9-inch FHD+ pOLED main display (2,640 x 1,080 resolution, 165 Hz refresh rate, 413 PPI) and a 3.6-inch pOLED external display (1,066 x 1,056 resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate, 413 PPI). It is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform along with 8 GB of LPDDR5 and 256 GB of onboard storage.

Motorola claims the external display is the largest of any flip phone on the market.

The Razr+ packs a 12-megapixel rear main camera with f/1.5 aperture that's flanked by a 13-megapixel, f/2.2 ultra-wide / macro camera with a 108-degree field of view. The front-facing camera is a 32-megapixel shooter (or 8-megapixel quad pixel) with f/2.4 aperture. A dual speaker setup supports Dolby Atmos, but there is no headphone jack.

As Motorola's flagship, it supports the latest wireless connectivity tech including 5G, Wi-Fi 6E, and Bluetooth 5.3. It also carries an IP52 rating against dust and liquid.

The handset measures 73.95 mm x 170.83 mm x 6.99 mm (2.91 in x 6.73 in x 0.28 in) when open and 73.95 mm x 88.42 mm x 15.1 mm (2.91 in x 3.48 in x 0.59 in) when flipped closed, and weighs 188.5 g (6.65 oz) in black / blue or 184.5 g (6.51 oz) in red. According to Motorola, it is the thinnest flippable smartphone in the industry when folded closed.

The Motorola Razr+ will be available to pre-order on June 16 starting at $999.99, and launches June 23 in three different colors: black, blue, or red.

Many expected foldables to be the next big step for a smartphone industry that has seen innovation slow as of late. Up to this point, however, questionable build quality and high prices have kept that from becoming a reality. Fortunately, we're now starting to see more durable devices and options at lower price points.

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