Unboxing the $1,400 Razr 5G

Just months after releasing its first new Razr phone in years, Motorola is back with an updated take on its iconic clamshell, giving the high-end folding handset a major overhaul. The new Razr 5G has a faster processor, a more intuitive user experience, and a much improved camera. There are some aesthetic improvements as well, not to mention, of course, the addition of 5G. And at $1,399.99, it’s priced to compete with the Microsoft Surface Duo and the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 2. We’ve unboxed the phone and have some first impressions.

A Sharper Design 

At first glance, the Razr 5G looks a lot like its predecessor. The form factor is the same, and so is the retail packaging. But if you look closer, you’ll notice a few key differences.

For starters, the stainless steel chassis of the original has been replaced with aluminum. The chin bezel is more refined, and the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the back of the phone. Curved glass and a less pronounced camera bump make for a more elegant look and feel.

The Razr 5G’s hinge is still rated for a minimum of 200,000 folds, or about five years of use, but Motorola made some tweaks to it. The biggest difference is that the clasp is a little stronger than on the previous model, and feels more like the hinge on an old-school Razr. It also doesn’t pop out when folded. And unlike the last model, we haven’t noticed any creaking noises when opening and closing the phone.

Back of Motorola Razr 5G in Polished GraphiteIP rating, but Motorola has added a water-resistant coating to the external ports as well as the internal components. So while the phone may not be able to withstand a dunk in the pool, Motorola assures us it can handle sweat, rain, and splashes without issue.

Much-Needed Hardware Updates

The Razr 5G is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G chipset along with 8GB of RAM, for a nice bump above its Snapdragon 710-powered predecessor. There’s 256GB of storage, though some of that is used for the OS.

Motorola Razr 5G in Liquid Mercury 15W Turbo Power adapter is included in the box, though the phone doesn’t support wireless charging.

The camera looks to be a significant improvement over the 16MP original. It comes in at 48MP, with an f/1.7 aperture and laser auto focus. It also supports 4x pixel binning for sharper 12MP photos.

Jennifer Garner wears Moto Razr 5G clipped to denim dressFastest Mobile Networks coverage, millimeter-wave won’t have a major impact in the near future.

The phone also has eSIM support, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC.

A Stronger Software Experience

The Razr 5G ships with Android 10 and Motorola’s custom My UX. It’s essentially stock Android, with a few nice additions like Moto Game Time, Moto Gestures, and Moto Audio.

From the outer display, you can now quickly access the camera, use Google Assistant, and reply to notifications. You can also add your favorite apps, which will automatically expand to the main display if you unfold the phone. 

Folded Moto Razr 5G in Blush GoldRelease Date and Pricing 

The Razr 5G will sell directly for $1,399.99 unlocked, as well as through AT&T and T-Mobile. Motorola has yet to announce exact availability details, which will likely vary by region. We’ll be taking a closer look at the phone in the near future, so check back soon for a full review.

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September 10, 2020
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