A pair of leaked images from reliable leaker Evan Blass (via 91 mobile phone) gives us our first look at what appears to be a third-generation Motorola Razr in a test model. Codenamed Maven, the device features two upgraded cameras on the back: a 50MP f/1.8 primary sensor and a 13MP sensor for macro and ultra-wide shots.
In the image of the device fully closed, you’ll notice that it appears to have lost the “chin,” or the lip that extended outward in previous iterations of the device. It looks like it folds itself into a square shape when closed, unlike both the modern remake of the device and its original design.
Image: Evan Blass via 91Mobiles
Blass also notes that the fingerprint sensor has been moved to the power button, which is likely to be on the side of the device. Motorola previously placed the fingerprint sensor on the chin of the 2019 Razr before moving it to the back of the device for the 5G-upgraded Razr released in 2020. Neither location is ideal— edgeDieter Bohn, the former executive editor of the company, described its placement on the back of the device as a “hard-to-reach location” and said placing it on his chin forced him to open the phone with two hands.
According to Blass, the Razr 3 features an FHD+ internal folding display and a 32MP hole-punch selfie camera. (You can view an image of the device’s internal screen at 91 mobile phone.) Rumor has it that Motorola will release a standard version of the device with a Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 system-on-chip (SoC), as well as a “Plus” variant, possibly with an upgraded, but unclear, chip. As for storage, it should come with up to 12GB of RAM and up to 512GB of internal storage.
With its boxy design and dual camera sensors, Motorola appears to be gearing up to compete with Samsung’s flagship foldable: the Galaxy Z Flip 3. The first two Razr reboots weren’t the most impressive — the 2019 device came with a $1,499 tag and several flaws, like a bumpy screen, a squeaky hinge, and a low-quality camera. Motorola’s second iteration isn’t much better, and the addition of 5G still doesn’t justify its $1,399 price tag.
According to an announcement from Lenovo executives last December (Lenovo acquired the mobile brand in 2014), the third-generation Razr is rumored to be launched in China in July or August. However, there is no word on a release date outside of China. edge Motorola was contacted for comment but did not receive an immediate response.