Update: September 8, 2020 (6:15 am ET): We’ve updated our Motorola Razr 2 Rumor Node to include news about an exclusive color scheme. Read on for more!
Original article: May 20, 2020 (10 a.m. ET): The Motorola Razr reboot caught the imagination of many consumers when it was unveiled last year. The phone was a modern, foldable version of the original Razr flip phone from the 2000s.
Unfortunately the reboot didn’t have a fantastic critical or commercial reception. However, that doesn’t stop the company from posting a follow-up. From specs to design to availability, this is where you can find all the major Motorola Razr 2 rumors in one place.
When does the Motorola Razr 2 start?
We first heard about the new Razr in early June when a senior executive at Lenovo in South Africa told the Reframed podcast that a second generation Razr was coming. In particular, the representative said that the new foldable phone should hit the market in September.
On August 12, Motorola finally teased the announcement date of the Razr 2 as September 9, 2020. Although the Razr is not mentioned by name, the virtual event will “turn the smartphone experience one more time” so it can be assumed that the launch is the Enterprise includes foldable successor.
Motorola Razr 2 Design Rumors
The new foldable phone is expected to offer the same basic form factor as the previous model. This means a clamshell design with a foldable internal screen and a smaller (non-foldable) external display.
However, XDA developer reports that the screens are the same size as the displays on the original phone. That means a 6.2-inch foldable display and a 2.7-inch external screen. In both cases, the latter is larger than the tiny ticker display on the Galaxy Z Flip.
Meanwhile, display industry insider Ross Young has tweeted that the Motorola Razr 2’s screens will both be larger than the first-generation model. Check out the tweet below.
The screen size of the Motorola Razr 2 is increased to the same size as the Galaxy Z Flip (6.7 inches). The front display is also getting bigger.
– Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) 3rd June 2020
However, we hope the internal screen will last longer than the first Razr. We’d also like Motorola to bring more functionality to the external display.
On July 27, leaker Evan Blass added an image to his Patreon listing possible design improvements for the upcoming leaflet. The leaflet’s external screen called “Odyssey” is retained, but has a smaller chin with no visible signs of a fingerprint sensor.
Blass added a GIF to his Twitter account on August 22nd that shows a 360-degree view of the Motorola Razr 2. You can check it out below.
The 360-degree view shows the main display, the external screen as well as the rear-view camera and a fingerprint scanner embedded in the rear Moto logo. The latter would be a return to a longstanding tradition of the brand, as some phones previously used a scanner embedded in the logo.
It seems the Razr 2 can be lighter than its predecessor, judging by a leak from Ishan Agarwal. The tipster tweeted on August 31 that the Razr 2 could weigh 190 g with the specified dimensions 168.5 x 72.5 x 8 mm. The color should have the name Polished Graphite.
Speaking of colors, Evan Blass The device was presented on September 7th exclusively for T-Mobile. It’s called Blush Gold and it features a bronze-like back plate and accents with a black outer screen cover. Bronze definitely seems to be the color of choice for smartphones in 2020, so it’s not surprising that Motorola swung in the shadows too.
Motorola Razr 2 rumored specifications
The original Razr offered an upper-midrange Snapdragon 710 chipset, which was quite old at the time the phone was sold. In fact, the processor first appeared in cell phones in 2018 and was replaced by the Snapdragon 730 series in mid-2019.
Well, this wouldn’t be a big deal if the Razr were reasonably priced for a foldable phone, but the phone was extremely expensive to start with. Critics were understandably angry about this. When you put in 6GB of RAM, 128GB of non-expandable storage, a single 16-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel selfie camera, and a tiny 2,510mAh battery, you have a phone that is more like a mid- at best. Ranger works.
XDA developer However, we managed to maintain some Razr 2 specs and it seems like we have a slightly improved phone overall. The new device should offer a Snapdragon 765 chipset with 5 GB, 8 GB RAM, 256 GB storage and an even smaller 2,845 mAh battery. Also, it is assumed that this time around we will have a 48-megapixel main camera and a 20-megapixel selfie shooter.
Additional specs were released via Evan Blass on July 2nd, which is largely confirmed XDA developer‘initial leak. Blass’ information includes mentioning a combination of nano SIM and eSIM with a color called Mercury Silver. A 20-megapixel selfie camera and a 48-megapixel primary camera are also listed here.
Certification documents from TÜV Rheinland (via MySmartPrice) on August 17th shed light on the possible battery configuration of the Razr 2. The listing suggests that the phone could arrive in up to four variants, but it’s not clear what makes these devices different.
Motorola Razr 5G seems like a good upgrade over that #motorolarazr… It will be SD765G 5G chipset with 48MP main camera and 20MP front camera. The battery has been upgraded to 2,800 mAh.
– Ishan Agarwal (@ ishanagarwal24) August 31, 2020
Ishan Agarwal’s August 31 leak also lit the Razr 2’s cameras, battery, and chipset. Agarwal confirms previous reports on the Razr 2’s 48-megapixel rear camera and 20-megapixel selfie camera, including use of the Snapdragon 765G chipset. In particular, he mentions a larger battery, in line with previous reports, which said it was 2,800 mAh.
What to Expect in Pricing?
The original Razr hit the market for a staggering $ 1,500, which wasn’t particularly good given the actual spec sheet. To make matters worse, the cheaper Samsung Galaxy Z Flip apparently also offers better build quality and general specifications.
The high price could have contributed to disappointing sales as Verizon offers a two-for-one Razr deal a few months after its initial release.
There’s no word on the Motorola Razr 2 price, but you can bet the company won’t want to resort to a two-for-one deal again to move units. And with the production of foldable phones expected to decline over time, we’re hoping for a drop in price compared to the original Razr.
Availability is another big question mark as the first model was released in Europe, India, the UK and the US. Unfortunately, this was an exclusive carrier in the latter two markets (EE and Verizon). There is no official word on carrier exclusivity, however Evidence shared by Evan Blass suggests the Razr 2 could work with AT&T too. It’s not clear if this means there will be an unlocked model too, but it seems silly for Motorola to have two exclusive offers and not offer an unlocked option.
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