Moto Razr 40 and Razr 40 Ultra: release date expectations and news
We have known about Motorola’s upcoming foldable duo for quite some time now. We have also been aware of the fact that one of the smartphones would be geared towards more high-end users, while the other would serve as an entry-level option. Previously, most industry insiders expected the devices to come under the names ‘Moto Razr Lite’ and ‘Moto Razr Ultra’ respectively. It seems Motorola has dropped this strategy and has instead opted for a vanilla Moto Razr 40, and a Moto Razr 40 Ultra according to a recent leak brought forward by prominent tipster Evan Blass. Needless to say, the overall approach to the lineup has remained the same. The naming is all that has changed.
The Moto Razr foldable lineup follows a rather haphazard release cycle as you can see from the table below. Luckily, we have some concrete leaks from credible sources that can help us give an adequate launch date estimate.
|Moto Razr 2019 (1st Gen)||February 6h 2020|
|Moto Razr 2020 (2nd Gen)||September 15th 2020|
|Moto Razr 2022 (3rd Gen)||August 18th 2022|
|Moto Razr 40 and Moto Razr 40 Ultra||June 1st 2023*|
*current expected release date, based on preliminary information
Evan Blass has gone so far as to pinpoint the exact launch date. According to him, we can expect the Moto Razr 40 and Moto Razr 40 Ultra to both be unveiled on June 1st 2023, with availability beginning shortly afterwards. This looks increasingly likely as Lenovo, Motorola’s parent company, went on record in March 2023 stating that the next Moto Razr is coming ‘very soon’. Hence, a release in Summer 2023 seems probable.
Price is always a tricky subject when it comes to foldables. While the first iteration of the Moto Razr was wildly expensive, subsequent generations have gradually chipped away at its price, with the trend projected to continue.
|Model||Price at Launch|
|Moto Razr (1st Gen)||$1499 (Base Configuration, 6GB+128GB)|
|Moto Razr (2nd Gen)||$1399 (Base Configuration, 8GB+256GB)|
|Moto Razr (3rd Gen)||€1199 (Base Configuration, 8GB+128GB)|
Over the last couple of generations, the Moto Razr lineup has conformed to the industry standards when it comes to RAM and internal storage and we do not expect the company to break the pattern this year. The aforementioned spec leak shed light on the fact that the Moto Razr 40 Ultra will likely cap out at 12GB of RAM and 512 GB of internal storage. As previously established, the base values remain unknown. Additionally, the vanilla Moto Razr 40 remains shrouded in mystery, for now at least, with no information on its storage options currently available.
While the vanilla model will be receiving a rather small secondary display, the cover screen on the Moto Razr 40 Ultra is (supposedly) huge.
Moto Razr 40 Ultra, Image Credit – Evan Blass
Evan Blass has already shared official-looking images of the Moto Razr 40 Ultra. For the time being, we only have renders of the vanilla version, which are displayed below. It should be noted that they should be taken with a (healthy) bit of skepticism.
Moto Razr 40, Image Credit – @OnLeaks x @MySmartPrice
The biggest question concerns the displays on the non-Ultra model. The Moto Razr 40 will almost certainly come with inferior panels, but we have yet to learn more about them, beyond the fact one will be significantly smaller.
Should I wait for the Moto Razr 40 and/or the Moto Razr 40 Ultra?
The Moto Razr 40 and the Moto Razr 40 Ultra look very promising on paper. Naturally, if you are in the market for a clamshell foldable, they might be of interest to you. While it is too early to recommend either of these devices, their launch is right around the corner, so waiting a bit for the official unveiling is not entirely unreasonable.