More foldable smartphones are coming in 2020 and finally the Motorola Razr has arrived after a short delay. A few first impressions videos and articles hit the web this week, just ahead of the phone’s shipping date, and unfortunately they don’t paint a great picture for the device.
The Motorola Razr is a foldable Android smartphone designed to bring back the feel of the iconic Razr flip phone that dominated the market a decade ago. The expensive $1,500 device has mid-range specs and is exclusive to Verizon, but Motorola / Lenovo has boasted the quality of its build.
Nonetheless, as reviewers and some consumers are getting their hands on the device the build quality is being slightly challenged. So far the main concern seems to be from the hinge. As noted in some videos on Twitter making the rounds, the Razr’s hinge makes some noticeable creak sounds when it’s opened or closed, which is obviously a bit worrying.
So how does performance work out? The Razr has mid-range specs on a $1,500 smartphone that feel out of place but, surprisingly, performance is not bad. Hayato Huseman felt that most of the work was OK, but some glitches like the recents menu weren’t soothing. Gaming wasn’t perfect, either. Perhaps with the Android 10 update, some of this can be changed, as the Razr only runs Android 9 out of the box.
Recall how the Razr has a tiny battery, too? The battery life is apparently poor, just as many users feared. Nirave also found in his first impressions that the Motorola Razr only lasted about 11 hours on a charge, with some relatively heavy use of four hours of screen-on time. Obviously, it will need further testing to see if this is the usual pattern, or if it’s just an outlier.
First experiences aren’t all with a smartphone but things don’t look fantastic for the Motorola Razr so far. We do intend to get our hands onto the device in the not-too-distant future. There’s also the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip coming up soon, which isn’t supporting the Razr one bit with its more powerful specs and rumored lower price point.