Motorola RAZR 2022 Review: Almost there

One of Motorola's most popular phones ever is the iconic RAZR V3 from 2004. Considering this, it wasn't surprising when the company's foldable Motorola RAZR 2019 was heavily inspired by Moto's iconic flip phone.

Now it is time for the third-generation foldable, modern-day RAZR phone. The Motorola RAZR 2022 was first introduced to the Chinese market, but now it is set to be released in Europe as well. I spent a week with this impressive-looking phone, trying to find out whether it is now polished enough to recommend to more than just hardcore fans of the brand.

The RAZR 2022 has a large foldable display that’s almost completely creaseless. The outer display is very functional, and the overall design of the device is pretty stylish. However, the RAZR 2022 does cost €1,199, which is €100 more than its main competitor, the Galaxy Z Flip 4. It does pack the latest Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 processor, but so does Samsung’s offering and the also recently released Motorola Edge 30 Ultra.

Motorola RAZR 2022 Unboxing

I have to say, this is one of the best-looking phone packages I’ve ever seen. The presentation of the contents in the box is also very well thought out and elegant.

In this beautiful box, you will find a 30W fast-charging brick, a USB-C charging cable, a SIM ejection tool, and a plastic case. The latter is very important, as I struggled to find any cases for this phone in Europe. Also, like with any foldable phone, you get the feeling that this one is fragile as well, so better stay on the safe side.

Motorola RAZR 2022 Design

The new RAZR 2022 has slimmer screen bezels than its predecessors and it finally ditched the big chin. However, the bezels are still relatively thick compared to a regular smartphone of this price. They are also thicker than the ones of the Galaxy Z Flip 4. The bezel itself is plastic, surrounding the foldable screen. I must admit that it feels a bit cheap to the touch, unlike the screen which feels amazing for this type of device.

The bottom half of the phone has a matte back, with the Motorola and RAZR logos imprinted on it with a different, glossy coating. The back reflects light, making for a distinguishing look found on the Interstellar Black Edge 30 Ultra’s back. The top half houses the outer screen in the rear, shielded by a single piece of Gorilla Glass 5. Only the camera module and LED flash aren’t covered. This glass has a grayish tint, and is very reflective.

There’s only one color option for the Motorola RAZR 2022 called Satin Black. We wish this device was available in lighter tones too, but it is what it is. This phone has an IP52 water-repellent design.

The side rails of the RAZR 2022 are matte black metal. All of the buttons are on the left side and are metal as well. The power button also doubles as a fingerprint scanner. This functionality worked fast and accurately for me. The volume buttons are pretty tiny and hard to reach when the phone is unfolded. Still, I have to note that they are very clicky.

The overall feel of the RAZR 2022 when unfolded is for a pretty large but light device. It also feels surprisingly comfortable in the hand and not easy to drop. However, it does not feel as premium as the Galaxy Z Flip 4, which is a shame. It is also almost impossible to open it with one hand.

The Motorola RAZR 2022 measures 79.79 x 166.99 x 7.62mm when unfolded. This makes it noticeably larger compared to Samsung’s Z Flip 4. Folded, the new RAZR measures 79.79 x 86.45 x 16.99mm. The new RAZR weighs 200g. The great pocketability is one of the main selling points of flip-style foldable phones, so I am happy to say that the RAZR 2022 also has it.

When opening and closing the RAZR 2022, the hinge feels sturdy and quality-made. The only time you can hear a squeak or two is when there is dirt on top of the hinge. I did figure that was the problem pretty fast and solved it by simply blowing all the dirt particles off it. There’s also a bit of a squeak when you touch the middle of the display harder. That should be due to the gap between the hinge and the folding part of the screen.

Motorola RAZR 2022 Display

For sure the RAZR 2022’s foldable display is its most impressive part. This 6.7-inch P-OLED screen is almost creaseless. The crease on Samsung’s foldable phones is significantly more pronounced, so this screen reminded me more of the one used in the Oppo Find N. The foldable display can stay half-opened, creating a laptop-like look that is perfect when capturing selfies or video calling, as it acts as a stand.

The screen itself has a 144Hz refresh rate and a 2400 x 1800 resolution. It is very smooth, especially when navigating through the user interface or playing games. It also gets very bright, so using it in direct sunlight isn’t an issue. The minimum brightness isn’t the lowest out there, but it is okay.

Motorola’s RAZR 2022 also features a 2.7-inch OLED screen – large enough to be the most functional on a flip-style foldable phone, but what it can do you’ll learn in a bit. This screen isn’t as bright as the folding one, but it is still bright enough to use in most conditions during the day. It is also sharp enough to see the small text and icons it displays. The only thing this display is missing is an always-on functionality, which is a bummer.

Motorola RAZR 2022 Camera

When it comes to cameras, the RAZR 2022 has a dual camera system consisting of a 50MP f/1.8 main sensor with OIS (optical image stabilization) and a 13MP f/2.2 ultra-wide shooter with a 120° field of view.

You might be wondering why I call this the one-and-a-half camera system. Well, it is because of how outdated the ultra-wide sensor feels. Even during the day, this camera produces average results at best. Details are simply not there, and the colors and exposures aren’t accurate.

This sensor tends to almost always pick warmer colors than the correct ones. It reminded me of the ultra-wide shooter found on LG’s G6… which was released in 2017. The ultra-wide camera also acts as a macro shooter. Results are average, without much detail. When asked, Motorola shared with me that they chose this 13MP ultra-wide sensor mostly due to space issues, which makes sense, especially considering the main shooter has OIS.

As for the main 50MP shooter, I am happy to say that it does a fine job in capturing photos during the day. There’s enough detail, colors and exposures are accurate, and the Ultra Res mode allows you to capture even more detail than you normally would.

The front camera is a 32MP punch-hole shooter. It has a nice sensor that can produce some sharp results with the right lighting. Thanks to the outer display of the RAZR 2022, you can also take selfies with the main and ultra-wide shooters. The ones taken with the 50MP look great, having some natural-looking bokeh and vivid colors. During the night, the 32MP selfie shooter produces average results, while selfies with the main sensor still look amazing.

During the night, the main 50MP shooter does a good job of capturing enough light and detail, especially with Night Vision on. Surprisingly, the 13MP ultra-wide shooter does fine with Night Vision on too. This is probably due to the extensive processing and oversharpening that happens in this shooting mode.