(Pocket-lint) – Motorola has chosen not to refresh its Razr foldable phone in 2021, instead waiting until 2022 to bring us a drastic update. That means it’s been a long time since we’ve seen an entry into the Razr range and naturally Moto fans are eager to see what’s in store with the latest version.
That’s everything we’ve heard about the Motorola Razr 3, including when it might be released, what it might offer and how it might improve over the 2020 model.
Motorola Razr 3 release date and price
- July/August 2022 in China
- European and worldwide release soon after
- €1,149 / £1,149
The Razr 3 is expected to launch in China first, followed by other markets soon after. We expect a Chinese launch in July or August 2022.
The latest Razr phone launched in September 2022, while the first debuted in November 2019. We may also see a September global release date for the Razr 3.
The Razr 3 is said to have a European MSRP of €1,149 – that’s significantly cheaper than the Razr 5G, which launched at €1,399. In the UK, the Razr 5G also carried an MSRP of £1,399, so we can expect a 1:1 exchange rate here too, bringing the UK price to £1,149.
- No chin
- Power button fingerprint sensor
- Only available in Quartz Black initially
The design has changed a lot since the last generation. Departing from classic retro looks and more akin to the popular Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3.
The distinctive chin has been removed, allowing the interior display to span the full length of the device.
The fingerprint sensor has also moved, now residing on the power button. On the latest phone, it was located on the back, whereas the original Razr placed it on the chin. In our experience, none of the locations were ideal, which might turn out to be a much more convenient location.
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— Ev (@evleaks) May 24, 2022
The Razr 3 will be available in Quartz Black only at launch, however, we may see other colors later. There were rumors that there would be a blue variant, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see one appear at a later date.
- 6.7 inch foldable screen
- FHD+ resolution
- 3 inch external screen
Display sizes have increased on the Razr 3, both for the internal and external display.
Supply chain analyst Ross Young suggests the Razr 3 will feature a 6.7-inch foldable display, compared to 6.2-inch on the Razr 5G.
The external screen will be 3 inches, instead of 2.7 inches on its predecessor.
Since the next Motorola Razr image leaked, I can tell it will have a 6.7″ foldable display rather than the 6.2″ of the Razr 5G. It will be made by China Star. Cover screen will increase from 2.7″ to ~3″.
— Ross Young (@DSCCRoss) May 13, 2022
The internal display is said to be FHD+ resolution and it will feature a punch-hole camera cutout, rather than the prominent notch found on the Razr 5G.
Hardware and Specifications
- Snapdragon 8+ gen 1
- 12 GB RAM
- 512 GB of storage
Rumors indicate that the Razr 3 runs on the latest and greatest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage.
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We can see multiple variations, possibly a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 model with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, although there is some uncertainty here.
Either way, it’s nice to see proper flagship specs on the new Razr, as the mid-tier processor was a sore spot on previous models.
- 50MP f1.8 main camera
- 13MP wide-angle
- 32MP punch-hole selfie camera
For cameras, we’re expecting a 50MP main shooter with an f1.8 aperture, this should be complemented by a 13MP wide-angle.
The selfie camera is expected to be 32MP, and as we mentioned it will be a punch-hole design, rather than a notch.
The camera in previous models was another weak point, so we’re hoping Motorola steps things up with this generation. At the very least, we’ll have an extra lens, as the Razr 5G only had a lone snapper.
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That’s all we’ve heard about the Motorola Razr 3 so far.
June 17, 2022: New leak reveals Motorola Razr 3 pricing and color options
Supposedly, the Razr 3 will cost €1,149 in Europe – a significant drop from its predecessor’s €1,339 MSRP. It will only be available in Quartz BLack at launch.
May 23, 2022: Will the Moto Razr 3 feature the flagship Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor?
In its teaser – shared on Weibo by its chief executive – the poster has a simple “Hello Moto, hello Snapdragon 8+” message, with what looks like the silhouette of a foldable smartphone underneath.
9 May 2022: The Motorola Razr 3 will have bigger screens, inside and out
Notable display industry analyst Ross Young says we can expect the Razr’s two screens to increase in size, with the internal screen now tuned to match that of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 3. .
May 9, 2022: Could this be our first look at the Motorola Razr 3?
A pair of images have surfaced depicting what the upcoming Motorola Razr phone looks like.
28 March 2022: Moto Razr 3 could come with 512GB of storage
In a post on social media site Weibo, one of the company’s executives said it plans to launch more Moto phones with 512GB of storage this year, specifically citing foldable devices.
January 11, 2022: Motorola Razr 3 could run on Snapdragon 8 Gen 1
A story from XDA Developers reveals that the next Razr could boast flagship processing power.
December 20, 2021: A Motorola Razr 3 foldable phone is in the works, Lenovo exec confirms
Motorola is working on a Motorola Razr 3, as Chen Jin, a Lenovo executive, confirmed on Chinese social media platform Weibo.
Written by Luke Baker.