Motorola made the foldable Razr we’ve wanted


– Hey it’s Chaim with The Verge and I’m here with the new Motorola Razr. It’s back. The original Razr’s maybe
the most beloved phone ever. It’s been around for years. It basically was like the first
cell phone that people had and now it’s back and it’s
got a cool modern twist. It’s foldable. So, Motorola’s seen a
really different approach with this foldable than we’ve seen on basically
anything else so far. Instead of making a phone
that unfolds into a tablet, it’s a regular size smart phone that folds up into
something much much smaller. It’s got this little screen on the outside which is super fun, it shows notifications, you can use to control music, respond to text messages, and then you just flip it open and you have this full, giant,
regular size Android phone. It’s got a 21 x 9 resolution, so it’s a little taller
than what you’d expect from a normal phone, but not that much taller and really, holding it
just feels like holding any other phone in your hand. Now, the screen is made of plastic, but Motorola seems really
confident about the durability. They say that they’re
not really concerned, they’re not telling anyone
don’t push too hard on it. There’s a coating on it and we’ll honestly just have to wait and see if that holds up. They’ve seemed pretty
confident about the hinge and we need to talk about the hinge because it’s really cool. A lot of the other foldable we’ve seen have had these weird gaps or spaces, but Motorola’s doing some
weird, cool sliding stuff. There is multiple hinges, there’s plates that slide and support the two halves of the screen. But, the end result, is that
it’s basically perfectly flat and then you fold it up and
it’s still just perfectly flat. It works really the way you want it to. Now again, we don’t know if this hinge is gonna let dust in or whatever, it’s honestly too early to say, but it looks really cool. One thing that’s not
here, at least so far, there’s not really a visible crease which is a sign that’s shown up a lot with the other foldables and Motorola’s done a good job. And just let me be honest guys, opening and closing it feels so good. You can just like, flip it
open and there’s your phone. Snap it shut, hang up
on calls, it’s amazing. Like, this is always how
I wanna hang up a phone. So, what does make it a Razr? Well, Motorola says that it’s
focusing really big on design. It wants it to have that
classic Razr look and feel, so it’s got the chin. It’s got the chin, it’s got
like the same curves and radius, it’s got the same radius
for the top ear piece, there’s a big speaker hidden down here, the antennas are all there, and it’s just something to hold onto. More modern, there’s also
a fingerprint sensor there, because this is an Android phone in 2019 and it needs to have one of those. There’s a downside to this design though. In order to get it as thin
and it’s folding as it wants, Motorola’s going a little soft on specs. The processor’s only a Snapdragon 710, which is fine, it runs
fine in our brief hands-on, but it’s not a Snapdragon 855. It’s not a flagship processor and that kinda sucks to see. It does have six gigabytes of
RAM so it’s not a total loss, but there are better phones out there, especially for what
you’re gonna pay for this. Another sacrifice to the
design is the cameras. There are two cameras on here. There’s the main camera
which is on the front lid, for lack of a better term, which you can use to take
selfies when it’s closed or you can flip out and
use as a regular camera. It’s just not very good. It’s a single lens 16 megapixel camera. Honestly, if you go back five years ago, it was probably fine, but compared to the iPhone or the Pixel or any of Samsung’s stuff, it’s just, it’s not gonna hold up. The camera does have some of
Motorola’s other improvements. There is a night-mode. It does have some smart
AI optimization stuff, but we haven’t really been
able to test that out yet. There’s a really cute little Easter egg that Motorola has hidden here. It’s hidden deep in the settings menu, but if you go and edit it, you can actually find
there’s a retro Razr mode, which turns the whole thing into a giant version of
the classic Razr interface. It’s basically just a
fancy-skinned Android launcher that doesn’t do a whole lot, but honestly, just looking
at it on this thing, just made me smile. Previews start in December and it’s not shipping until January, which means that you’re still
gonna have to wait awhile before you can even buy one. Which is especially disappointing, considering all the great phones that are already out on
the market right now. It’s gonna be exclusive to
Verizon at least in the US. Motorola’s not talking about any unlocked versions right now, which means that if you’re not on Verizon, you’re probably not buying
one of these either. I mean honestly, it feels
great to hold, it looks great, there’s just nothing else like
it on the market right now. Scrolling stuff on the
giant screen is fantastic. Just reading articles, can fit so much more text on the display and because the screen is so similar to regular Android screens, you don’t have a lot of the
weird wonkyness you have where apps don’t fit. We loaded up a game and
it just looked normal, which is great. Foldable technology is still really new and there’s still a lot of questions. We just saw Samsung have a
ton of issues with its phone and I’m just not fully convinced that Motorola has figured this out and short of putting it out in the world and trying it out for ourselves over a longer period of time, there’s just no way to know if they have. There’s also the questions
about specs again. This is a $1500 phone that has you know, a mid-range processor. It’s a good mid-range processor, but it is a mid-range processor. You can buy a Samsung phone for half that, that has the latest and greatest. And that’s just rough to see. On the other hand, there’s just nothing else
like it on the market. You can’t do this on a
Galaxy S10 or an iPhone 11. And honestly, maybe
that’s worth it to you. And if you really love the Razr, and I know there’s a ton
of people out there who do, it was my first phone, it was plenty of other
people’s first phones too and if you just want
that old school feeling, well, Motorola is offering that. It’s something that runs modern Android that has all the smartphone
features that you’d ever want and it just looks super cool. This looks and feels like
the future of phones. I’m just not sure at $1500
with the specs that it has, that it’s quite there yet. Thanks so much for watching. For more great video content like this, check out The Verge. This never gets old.