Since the introduction of the Razr folding screen phone, Motorola has been playing nostalgic cards with the design. But in 2020, the Lenovo-owned smartphone maker ditched playing the nostalgic card in favor of a large external display, and in 2023, the nostalgic card is thrown even further.
Now the new Motorola Moto Razr 40 Ultra, as it is called, looks just like another other vertical folding phone but with a huge-ass secondary display.
The external display is a 144 Hz 3.6” pOLED screen that shares the space with two cameras, a 12 MP (f/1.5, 1.4 µm) and a 13 MP Ultrawide/macro (f/2.2, 1.12 µm) camera and a single LED flash. With a screen this huge, you can pretty much do everything on it, including listening to music, watching videos, making payments, playing games, and even responding to text messages.
The phone opens up to a 6.9” FHD+ pOLED display with up to 165 Hz refresh rate. The main display benefits from LTPO, and is a 10-bit display with HDR10+ and covers 120% DCI-P3 color gamut. Also on the main display is a 32 MP selfie camera.
The new Motorola Razr 40 Ultra uses a redesigned patented teardrop hinge that promised a flipped-open display that is “virtually creaseless” and it aligns the top and bottom edges perfectly for a super sleek look. To be fair, most vertical folding screens are so except for Flip4.
Aesthetically, instead of adopting the square-off design like so many vertical folding phones of today, the new Motorola Moto Razr 40 Ultra has a more rounded design which should make feel better in the hand. It rocks a 7000 series aluminum paired with either both front and rear Corning Gorilla Glass Victus or Corning Gorilla Glass Victus front and vegan leather on the rear. And did we mention it is super thin too? It has a thickness of just 6.99 mm when open and 15.1 mm when closed.
Other highlights include Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1 Mobile Platform, LPDDR5 RAM, UFS 3.1 storage, side-mounted fingerprint reader, a 3,800 mAh battery, 30W TurboPower charging, 5W wireless charging, IP52 “water-repellent design”, Type-C (USB 2.0) port, Bluetooth 5.3, Wi-Fi 6e, tri-band Wi-Fi, locations (GPS, A-GPS, LTEPP, SUPL, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou), NFC, a three-mic setup, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos and Spatial Sound.
The Motorola Moto Razr 40 Ultra Folding Phone is available to order in China with a starting price of 5,699 yuan. Folks in the U.S. may register their interest HERE. It will be available to order starting on June 16. The device, which is also known as Razr+ btw, will be available for sale at AT&T, T-Mobile, Spectrum Mobile, Google Fi Wireless, and Optimum Mobile, as well as universally unlocked at Best Buy, Amazon.com, and Motorola.com starting June 23 (MSRP: $999.99).
Across the pond, it is being sold at 1,049.99 quid. However, it appears to be listed as sold out. Not sure if it is indeed sold out or if the order page has yet to go live.
In case anyone’s interested, there is a non-Ultra model that does away with a big external display. It has just a small display like on the original Galaxy Flip phone. I hardly think anyone will be interested in that now that we have all seen how lovely it is to have a large external display.