Motorola teases the foldable Razr 2022 with a modern design

Motorola is readying its next foldable clamshell phone, the Moto Razr 2022, and has finally released the first official teaser for it. The short video shared on Chinese microblogging platform Weibo reveals the phone’s curvy silhouette and dual rear cameras that taper along its curved top and bottom edges.

Going deeper, Chen Jin, general manager of Lenovo Mobile China, shared some images of himself showing off the Moto Razr 2022 at an event. The upcoming phone appears to pack a larger cover screen than its predecessor, and it also happens to be significantly larger than the one you’ll see on Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip 3.

However, the biggest change is the chin design. Or to put it more precisely, the absence of a chin. Unlike previous Razr foldable phones which had a thick raised chin at the bottom, the Moto Razr 2022, named Maven, appears to have a uniformly flat profile with a symmetrical chin, just like a regular smartphone.

The device in Jin’s hand in the footage looks identical to the one that appeared in a hands-on leak video shared by Evan Blass on Twitter in May. Cover screen size will increase from 2.7in to 3in, says display supply chain analyst Ross Young.

Official teaser of the next generation Motorola RAZR foldable phone.

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As for the rest of the specs, the interior foldable panel also jumps to a 6.7-inch diagonal, compared to the 6.2-inch pOLED panel seen on the Moto Razr 5G. The phone is rumored to launch in China in the coming weeks and later expand to other markets in Asia, Europe and possibly North America.

Looking at more leaks making the rounds on social media, the Moto Razr 2022 will be powered by Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 system on a chip, while the battery capacity is said to be an extremely low 2,800mAh. The main camera would be upgraded to a 50-megapixel sensor while ultra-wide photography will be handled by a 13-megapixel camera.

Selfie functions are allegedly taken care of by a 32-megapixel front camera housed in a punch-hole cutout positioned centrally at the top. According to 91Mobiles, it will be sold in two variants – 8GB RAM + 256GB storage and 12GB RAM + 512GB storage. The interior foldable panel offers FHD+ resolution while the display refresh rate peaks at 120Hz.

Hello Maven.

—Evan Blass (@evleaks) May 24, 2022

As for color options, Motorola will sell it in two versions: Quartz Black and Tranquil Blue (or black and blue). According to tipster @OnLeaks (via CompareDial), the phone will start at $1,149 in Europe, which is a healthy $251 drop from its predecessor’s asking price. From the rumors, it’s obvious that Motorola wants to offer a fully loaded package (except for the battery capacity) at a more reasonable asking price.

It seems like a strategic move, as Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Z Flip 4 is also just around the corner. If the Galaxy Z Flip 3 is any indication, its successor will also be a flagship package that will cost around $1,000 to maintain a competitive edge against rivals like the 2022 Moto Razr.

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