Motorola finally released its Foldable Phones

Yes, there’s in fact more than one.

After a series of teasers and arguably a long waiting time, Lenovo has released Motorola’s newest Razr iteration clamshell phones. These are the Razr 40 and 40 Ultra. These phones compete against the Galaxy Z Flip4 and the Oppo N2 Flip.

Only the 40 Ultra is a flagship. The regular 40 dials back to a midrange device equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1. We commend them for bringing foldable phones to a more mainstream audience and we’re hoping other companies follow suit.

Razr 40 Ultra

Motorola brags about the Razr 40 Ultra’s large external display, the largest of any flip phone in existence. This is a 3.6″ 1066x1056px AMOLED screen so you know Motorola means business. Whatever you could do with the main display, you could pretty much do it here, such as watching YouTube videos, browsing Google Maps, and of course, opening the camera app. This screen is protected by a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

While the external display is good, the main display is even better and Motorola cut none in this department. It’s quite a busted front display featuring a 6.69″ 165Hz AMOLED screen with HDR10+ and Dolby Vision enhancements. It’s also super bright peaking at 1400nits. The 32MP front camera is visible at the top center. Also, like the external cover screen, this one is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

The entire frame is made with premium aluminium on its Glacier Blue and Infinite Black colour scheme. Meanwhile, the Viva Magenta option is made with vegan leather.

The Razr 40 Ultra uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 chipset with 8GB or 12GB RAM and either 256GB or 512GB internal storage. The hinge features a five-layer protection so it does not break easily when dust and grime settle in.

Flip phones are usually not known for their high-MP cameras thanks to their form factor. Although they are quite competitive when compared to other similarly-priced phones. For the Razr 40 Ultra, there are two at the back. The main lens is a 12MP wide-angle camera (f/1.5, 1.4µm pixels, OIS), and the secondary camera is a 13MP lens but uses an ultrawide sensor (f/2.2, 1.12µm).

The phone is equipped with a 3,800mAh battery with 5W wireless charging available. You can also charge the phone using the proprietary 30W USB-C charger.

The phone has a side-mounted fingerprint scanner and promises 3 years’ worth of software upgrades. Currently, the phone runs MyUX based on Android 13.

In terms of connectivity, you obviously get 5G services, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 7, Bluetooth 5.3, and NFC. A side-mounted fingerprint scanner is provided for extra security.

The phone is currently available in China only with a global release being expected. It is priced at CNY 5,699 (~PHP 45.1K) for the 8/256 variant and CNY 6,399 (~PHP 50.6K) for the highest-end 12/512 option. We’ll let you know fellow techies when a PH or global release is imminent.

Razr 40

The vanilla handset, the Motorola Razr 40 is a watered-down flip phone catering more to mainstream users. It is pretty rare to see a flip phone in this segment. This mirrors back to the days of the first iteration of the Razr Phone where it is catered more to midrange users which segmented its success.

Lessons learned during that phase helped Motorola design a more mainstream phone. It uses a punch hole instead of a bathtub this time around and looks far less neo-futuristic. The phone comes in Sage Green, Vanilla Cream, and Summer Lilac colours painted in pastel. It uses the same type of folding mechanism as the Ultra.

In terms of its display, you’re seeing a 6.9″ LTPO3 AMOLED with 144Hz refresh rate. The screen is similar to the Ultra but with the refresh rate toned down slightly. Also, the rear cover screen is smaller and much more basic. It is a 1.5″ OLED display that could show basic notifications and take selfies with the rear camera. Both screens are protected using Corning Gorilla Glass Victus.

It uses the same aluminium frame as the Ultra but is slightly thicker (7.35mm unfolded vs 6.99mm on the Ultra). As mentioned earlier, the phone uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset, a chipset manufactured by Samsung using a 4nm process. The phone comes with 8 or 12GB RAM and either 128 or 256GB internal storage.

Just like the Ultra, the phone comes with two cameras. The primary camera is a 64MP sensor with OIS and the other is a 13MP ultrawide with macro capabilities. While higher in resolution, these cameras are still in the midrange segment so they won’t perform as well as the cameras of the Ultra. There is also a 32MP selfie camera with portrait capabilities.

The thickness does have an advantage because it provides more room for a bigger battery. The phone uses a 4200mAh battery with the same 30W wired + 5W wireless as the Ultra.

Lastly, the phone has 5G services, a side-mounted fingerprint scanner, 4G LTE, Bluetooth 5.2, NFC, and Wi-Fi 6/6e connectivity. It has a USB-C port for charging.

It is available in China initially with a price of CNY 3,999 (~PHP 31.6K) for the 8/128 trim and CNY 4,699 (~PHP 37.6K) for 12/256. Open sales start on June 25th but pre-orders are now available.