The Motorola Razr 2023 has been revealed in some new leaked images just seven months after the launch of its predecessor – and they suggest it will come in a chic two-tone design reminiscent of the original clamshell phone.
The new photos, from reliable leaker Sudhanshu Ambhore (opens in new tab) and spotted by 91Mobiles (opens in new tab), are the first real-world images we’ve seen of the upcoming foldable phone. And while they don’t reveal much about the specs of Samsung’s Galazy Z Fold 4 rival, they do reveal a phone that will be half gray and half magenta.
That flash of color has echoes of the bright pink version of the Motorola Razr V3, which landed in 2006. Understandably, the Razr 2023’s shadow isn’t as showy as its distant ancestor, which was somewhat divided at the time. But it’s a lot nicer than last year’s model, which stuck with a ‘satin black’ paint finish despite rumors of a ‘calm blue’ version.
We don’t yet know if this will be one of the many Razr 2023 color options, but the two-tone look certainly sets it apart from its predecessor, which only arrived last August. Along with the option of a magenta (or perhaps burgundy) bottom half, the upcoming Razr promises to bring a few nifty hardware upgrades.
A previous leak suggested that the Razr 2023 will likely get a larger cover screen than the 2022 version, with the external display seemingly wrapping around the camera lenses, filling almost half of the phone. It’s hard to say if this fits with the new leaked photos given that the phone is powered off, but it would certainly be a major usability upgrade.
Elsewhere, the 91Mobiles leak suggests we can expect some slightly improved cameras (with the main rear camera increased from 50MP to 64MP) and a larger 4,000mAh battery. It’s a combination that could see the Motorola Razr 2023 become an even more serious challenger in our guide to the best foldable phones, and it looks like we won’t have long to wait to find out.
Analysis: Foldables are taking the spotlight back from rollables
Motorola clearly doesn’t just see foldable devices like the Razr 2023 as the future of its phone line – we’re still thinking about the rollable concept it showed off at MWC 2023, which certainly has its benefits.
But it’s clear that foldable devices are more mature and more established, so much so that Motorola is starting to play around with colorful new designs like the one in this leak. Whether the paint job and hardware upgrades are enough to make it the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 jump into our guide to the best foldable phones remains to be seen.
Our Motorola Razr 2022 review found that the bigger drawbacks were actually performance-related, despite the inclusion of a speedy Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 chip. In our testing, this was particularly true when using the external Quick View display, so hopefully the new two-tone paint job has been matched by some internal software optimization improvements.
If so, it could well be a foldable phone that lives up to the name of its classic Razr predecessor, one of the most iconic phones of the 2000s and the best-selling clamshell phone ever made.