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Motorola Razr 40

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First Impressions

The Motorola Razr 40 has promise with a tempting sub-£800 price ticket, however the small outer show could put some off — particularly in comparison with the massive 3.6-inch exterior show of its extra premium sibling. Nevertheless, in case you’re merely after a handsome foldable telephone that works properly, the Razr 40 may match the invoice. 

  • Small exterior showNot like its premium sibling, the Razr 40 has a 1.9-inch exterior panel designed to showcase key data at a look, eradicating the necessity to consistently unfold the system.

  • Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipsetAlthough not the most recent, the Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 chipset ought to ship tremendous on a regular basis efficiency.

  • Flagship-level showWith a 6.9-inch pOLED panel boasting a super-smooth 144Hz refresh price and HDR10+ help, the Razr 40 is good for binging exhibits on Netflix and scrolling by means of TikTok.


The Motorola Razr 40 is the most cost effective foldable smartphone round, however does that imply Motorola has compromised on its foldable expertise? In my expertise, no.

I’ll say that I’ve solely had restricted hands-on time with the common Razr 40 (Razr 2023 within the USA) thus far — most of my focus has been on the premium Razr 40 Extremely — however contemplating its comparatively reasonably priced £799/$TBC price ticket, there’s nonetheless lots to like, be it the general design, improved hinge system or the massive inside 6.9-inch 144Hz pOLED show.

Whereas I’m not fairly able to ship my full evaluate, listed here are my preliminary impressions of the Motorola Razr 40, with a full evaluate to return quickly.

Design and Screens

  • Small 1.9-inch outer show
  • Massive 6.9-inch 144Hz pOLED show
  • Redesigned hinge system

The Motorola Razr 40 is the least Razr-looking Razr within the assortment, ditching the large exterior show for a extra slim 1.9-inch panel that sits to the proper of the twin digital camera setup on the rear. If it appears to be like acquainted, it ought to; it’s the identical design language as the favored Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4.

That show, although slim, can nonetheless be used to not solely show incoming notifications like Samsung’s foldable however a wide range of widgets to show climate, calendar occasions and set off options just like the digital camera and voice recording tech. It’s a window into the interior full show, if you’ll, permitting you to examine notifications with out having to unfold the system.

Motorola Razr 40 open
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Nevertheless, if I stated I most well-liked that to the three.6-inch panel of the Razr 40 Extremely, I’d be mendacity. The exterior show of its pricier sibling is far more succesful, permitting you to run full Android apps, reply to messages and extra with out unfolding the system. Right here, you’ll in all probability be unfolding it a little bit extra typically — however hey, that’s the enjoyable of a foldable proper?

Apart from the smaller show, the Razr 40 is similar to its extra premium sibling, sporting the identical overhauled teardrop hinge system that permits the Razr 40 to shut fully flat with solely the slimmest of gaps. There may be nonetheless one there in case you actually look, however it’s a far cry from the gaping gap of Samsung’s foldable.

That additionally implies that the interior show is virtually crease free, solely actually seen in case you’re searching for it, and there’s solely a slight change in contact sensation as your finger rolls over the hinge as you swipe and faucet away. It’s a really, excellent hinge mechanism — probably the perfect I’ve seen thus far.

That interior pOLED show is simply as spectacular as that of its pricier sibling too; it’s giant at a whopping 6.9 inches, boasts HDR10+ help and a quick 144Hz refresh price. The latter does fall behind the 165Hz of the 40 Extremely, however that’s a lot of a muchness at this level. The telephone actually felt tremendous {smooth} throughout my hands-on time, and that’s all that actually issues.

That additionally extends to the general design, sporting the identical light-weight design, rounded edges and engaging finishes — I’d even argue that the colorful hues of the Razr 40 are higher than that of the Razr 40 Extremely, although that’s a matter of opinion. The vegan leather-based end can also be a plus, including additional grip and making it much less of a fingerprint magnet.


  • 64MP most important digital camera
  • 13MP ultrawide/macro lens

On paper, the Motorola Razr 40 really has a greater digital camera setup than the 40 Extremely with a 64MP most important digital camera and a 13MP ultrawide — nonetheless, it’s not all about megapixel rely, and the Razr 40 Extremely has lots going for it just like the impressively huge f/1.5 aperture, in comparison with f/1.7 from the Razr 40.

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Nonetheless, the primary 64MP digital camera appears to be like to be a succesful foldable snapper with OIS, pixel binning tech to enhance element and lightweight, a laser autofocus (nice for low-light images) and an ambient mild sensor. The 13MP ultrawide is similar to the 40 Extremely, so that you’ll get the identical high quality from the ultrawide whatever the mannequin you go for, however I’ll verify this in testing.

The hands-on space wasn’t ultimate when it comes to lighting to check images, particularly throughout a comparatively brief hands-on, however the few photos I did snap appeared promising. They received’t be taking the Pixel 7 Professional’s digital camera crown anytime quickly, however it ought to greater than suffice for on a regular basis use. It’s only a disgrace you’ll be able to’t benefit from a big digital camera preview to take high-quality selfies like with the 40 Extremely.


  • Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
  • Near inventory Android 13
  • 4300mAh battery

The place the extra reasonably priced nature of the Razr comes by means of is within the processing division, sporting the year-old Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 coupled with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.

It’s nonetheless a superbly serviceable chipset that didn’t appear to stutter that a lot throughout my temporary hands-on time, however as we’ve seen from different 7 Gen 1-equipped mid-rangers, it’s not fairly as succesful as true flagship chipsets. The Snapdragon 7 Plus Gen 2, introduced earlier this yr, would’ve been a a lot better match and assist promote the Razr 40 a little bit higher.

Nonetheless, I’ll have an interest to see how properly it benchmarks within the coming weeks.

Motorola Razr 40 inner screen
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Software program is an space the place Motorola typically excels, and it’s no completely different right here. The Razr 40 ships with one thing very near inventory Android 13, with solely minimal adjustments on supply — and the place there are adjustments, they’re normally welcome. Options like rotating the telephone rapidly to open the digital camera or karate chop to activate the torch are such helpful little options.

There’s additionally Prepared For, which permits for a extra desktop-esque expertise when linked to an exterior show, mouse and keyboard, and it boasts spectacular help for Home windows 10 and 11 too.

Battery life is fascinating because it really boasts a bigger cell than the Razr 40 Extremely, clocking in at 4300mAh in comparison with 3800mAh, so it may really last more than its extra premium sibling, particularly when powering a smaller exterior show. I’ve not had an opportunity to essentially check battery life throughout my comparatively brief hands-on, however it’ll be one thing I put to the check for the total evaluate.

Early Verdict

The Motorola Razr 40 is spectacular not due to its specs, however as a result of it’s essentially the most reasonably priced clamshell foldable smartphone thus far, making it extra simply accessible to customers.

Motorola has needed to reduce a couple of corners to realize such lofty goals, particularly within the processing division, however I believe the Razr 40 will enchantment to quite a lot of customers that don’t want and even need the perfect telephone specs.

Motorola Razr 40 Specs


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