Motorola was the first brand to offer a foldable phone, in the mid-2000s. Another era… Back then, only the top was reserved for the screen. Bottom, used for the keyboard. So it’s “logical” that the brand, after missing out on the smartphone revolution, is finally succeeding in an area it’s familiar with that’s gaining new popularity.
With the Razr 40, Motorola succeeded. When closed, it immediately impresses with its dimensions: 15 cm in height, 8 cm in width and 1.5 cm in thickness for less than 200 grams in weight. Suffice it to say, once it’s in your pocket, you don’t even feel it. The reduced size of the Razr 40 makes it easy to carry around every day. No more carrying a large smartphone in your bag or storing it in an inside jacket pocket. After folding, this mobile is forgotten. Almost a mistake for the most forgetful.
In terms of appearance, Motorola has dressed up its phone in a comfortable shell, available in three elegant colors. The outer surface has a secondary screen in its center surrounded by a glossy frame. Enough to attract a few curious glances on the street or on public transport when used in this folded form.
When you open it, the size of the internal screen is impressive, whereas a moment before it was held in one hand. The robust hinge allows it to be held ajar vertically, ideal for watching video without holding it. Big enough for playback, watching videos or scrolling web pages, it displays content in great detail thanks to its Full HD+ resolution. Colors are natural and black is intense.
Above all, this touch screen is fluid under the finger and allows for comfortable navigation. We barely see the fold in the middle of the screen (no more unsightly cracks…) and the finger rarely has the chance to wander “in the middle” of the screen, so the feeling of relief on the right side of the hinge is not (too) annoying. A feat that demonstrates the progress made by foldable screens in recent years.
Good find: external mini screen
Another novelty of the Motorola Razr is its 17 cm external screen, much larger than before. Gone is the small secondary screen that only showed the time: this one lets you do a lot more without opening your phone. Handy for quickly checking notifications, viewing detailed information such as the weather or replying to SMS directly from this external screen. In a reduced form factor, you can do almost anything, including surfing the web, without disassembling the device.
In the end, this mini screen turns out to be much more useful than expected. The icing on the cake is that it also works as a viewfinder for taking selfies with the main photo sensors, just by turning the phone.
Without reaching the heights of the most premium smartphones, the Razr 40 offers very decent performance for classic use. No slowdown when scrolling through menus, on the Internet or using common applications. Very demanding 3D games can sometimes blow up the processor, but the Razr 40 is not designed for that anyway. With its hardware, it provides the essentials for versatile everyday use, without overheating. And its autonomy lasts more than a whole day. See more. Honorable for a mobile with a limited size. And its fast charging lets you get 50% back in just half an hour.
The camera is fine, but…
Photography isn’t its strong point, but the Razr 40 still does well. Its two sensors on the back take perfectly decent daytime photos, the portrait mode is quite convincing, but the digital zoom is frankly subpar. In short, it works for “everyday” pictures. But it is not ideal if you are going on holiday to an extraordinary place.
Very competitive price
Motorola Razr 40 has a price of around 899 euros. It’s hard to find cheaper for a 5G foldable Android smartphone! Thanks to this low price, it is much more affordable than competing so-called “Fold” models from Samsung, Huawei or Oppo.