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Smartphones with foldable displays have been around for a few years, but they still tend to be wildly more expensive than models with screens that don’t bend. Enter the new Motorola razr (2023) smartphone, which goes up for pre-order on October 12, 2023 for $599 and should be available in the US starting October 12. Kind of.

The list price is actually $699, but Phone Arena notes that Best Buy will be selling the phone for $100 off at launch. The phone hits that price point thanks to a mix of premium and mid-range features. It has a foldable FHD+ AMOLED display with a high screen refresh rate, plus a smaller cover display. But it also has a Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor rather than a Snapdragon 8 series chip.

Like ever member of the Razr family to date, the new smartphone folds in half at the middle, giving you a smaller device that you can slip into your pocket or handbag. And when you unfold the screen, you have a nice big display… or the option of unfolding the phone half way and propping it up so that the bottom of the phone works like a stand for holding up a camera, among other things.

The cover display is a 1.5 inch OLED screen which is just large enough to display the time, weather, notifications, or media controls. If you want a bigger cover display that you can actually use to run Android apps, you’ll want the Razr+ which launched earlier this year for $1,000 (or maybe one of Samsung or Google’s foldables).

Motorola’s cheaper model also has slower memory and storage, and a different camera system.

But the primary display on the Motorola razr (2023) is nearly identical to the one on the Razr+. Both are 6.9 inch, 2640 x 1080 pixel LTPO pAMOLED screens with up to 1,400 nits peak brightness. The only real difference is that the razr+ display supports refresh rates up to 165 Hz, while the razr (2023) tops out at “only” 144 Hz.

Here’s how the two phones stack up against one another:

razr+razr (2023)
Display (primary)6.9 inches
2640 x 1080 pixels
165 Hz
1,400 nits peak brightness
6.9 inches
2640 x 1080 pixels
144 Hz
1,400 nits peak brightness
Display (cover)3.6 inches
1066 x 1056px
1,100 nits peak brightness
144 Hz
1.5 inches
368 x 194 pixels
60 Hz
1,000 nits peak brightness
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1
Storage256GB or 512GB
UFS 3.1
128GB or 256GB
UFS 2.2
Cameras12MP (primary)
13MP (ultrawide + macro)
32MP (front-facing)
64MP (primary)
13MP (ultrawide + macro)
32MP (front-facing)
Battery3,800 mAh4,200 mAh
PortsUSB 2.0 Type-C
SecurityFingerprint sensor (side)
Face unlock
Charging30W (wired)
5W (wireless)
Water resistanceIP52
Dimensions170.82 x 73.95 x 7.35mm (open)
88.24 x 73.95 x 15.8mm (closed)
170.83 x 73.95 x 6.99mm (open)
88.42 x 73.95 x 15.1mm (closed)
Weight189 grams184.5 grams (Magenta)
188.5 grams (Black or Blue)
SoftwareAndroid 13
3 major OS updates
Starting Price$1000$700

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  1. no more candy bar phone erection? and I don’t have to drop almost 1k for a glorified gluestick either? Make it under $400 and it is automatically the best foldable.

  2. I get the feeling that sticking a phone like this in your waistband (as in image 3 of 9) as a substitute for the pockets you don’t have because pockets are not IN this year is probably not a very good idea. You’ll probably have the very top edge rubbing against the presumably exposed edges of the sides of the screen.
    I wonder if the warranty will cover damages incurred this way, after all, the marketing photo suggested it was a manufacturer approved way to carry it.