The Moto Razr 2 is likely to release sooner than you think in 2020, and it may allay some of the biggest concerns we had with the Moto Razr when we revised it in February. That’s good news, as the reborn Razr charmed us with its nostalgic design, but completely disappointed us with its specifications and user experience, while the more impressive Samsung Galaxy Z Flip easily won our Motorola Razr vs Galaxy Z Flip comparison.
It is not surprising that Motorola is in a hurry to release an updated Razr. What is surprising is a reported launch in September for the Razr 2, just seven months after its original release date. This is a very fast turnaround to solve the many problems of the Razr. A Lenovo general manager said he thought the ‘generation two’ foldable phone – a ‘new iteration’ of the Razr – would launch sometime in September, according to a podcast interview first picked up by Android Authority.
A separate report, which does not confirm this date, went into detail on the Motorola Razr 2 specs. According to an XDA Developers source, the 2020 Razr, codenamed “smith”, will run on a Snapdragon 765 chip with a Snapdragon X52 5G modem, drawing up the Motorola Razr 2 to be a 5G phone.
This will be a welcome improvement over the 710 chipsets found in the original Razr. The Galaxy Z Flip, for comparison, uses a Snapdragon 855, more powerful than the 765 but without 5G connectivity. Still, reports suggest Samsung’s new 5G foldable phone will use the Snapdragon 865 chip when it launches – also due later this year.
Razr 2.0 will also upgrade the specifications of the original on most other benchmarks. RAM will jump from 6GB to 8GB; the internal storage, fortunately, doubles from an insufficient 128GB to 256GB; and the 2,845mAh battery will exceed the thin 2,510mAh capacity of the original. Another problem area in our Razr review was the 16MP rear and 5MP selfie cameras. The new model will be launched with a 48MP rear camera with an ‘ISOCELL Bright GM1 sensor’ from Samsung, and a 20MP front camera.
Our reviewer also expressed his frustration about the Razr with the outdated Android 9 OS out of the box, but the Razr 2 will apparently launch with Android 10 onboard. Of course we’ll get the first phones with Android 11 in September, but that update will be a month old, not seven months as we saw with the Razr in February.
Assuming that these leaks are accurate, the Razr 2 will certainly be more comparable to the power and specifications of non-foldable smartphones when it is launched in September. The question becomes whether the changes will be enough to keep up with the Galaxy Z Flip 2, with its triple-lens rear camera, or with a rumored folding Google Pixel currently in the works.
We’re also waiting for information on some of our other desired improvements for the Razr 2, such as a cheaper price tag or a higher quality screen.