Motorola Razr 40 Ultra Review: High-End Foldable Smartphone with Some Cutbacks

In summary

The Motorola Razr 40 Ultra is a nice continuation of the Razr (2022) released last year. The manufacturer has made a number of improvements, including screens with better color reproduction, higher refresh rate (165 to 144Hz) and a larger, even more versatile screen on the front and longer software support (until 2027). Unfortunately, there are also some points where cutbacks have been made. The device has a USB 2.0 port, as opposed to the 3.1 port of the Razr (2022), contains included bloatware and has a soc from last year, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1. In addition, this chip also throttles above average speed. At the bottom of the line, the Razr 40 Ultra is still a very nice device to work with, and the external screen gives you the opportunity to use the device optimally when folded.

Last year we wrote that the market for foldable smartphones in the Benelux was finally picking up steam and this year we see that more and more smartphone manufacturers are coming onto the market with a foldable device. Although not all foldables are still appearing in the Benelux, we do see manufacturers who have been doing this for several years stepping up their game and bringing more and more models to the market at the same time, including Motorola. The company is releasing not one, but two foldable devices this year; the Motorola Moto Razr 40 and the Motorola Moto Razr 40 Ultra. The Razr 40 is a cheaper folding device from Motorola that will cost under 1000 euros. From mid-July you can get started with this semi-high-end smartphone for EUR 899.99. In this review we focus on the high-end Razr 40 Ultra, which will be for sale from Monday for 1199.99 euros. This device is equipped with many high-end bells and whistles, but we immediately noticed that some cuts have been made here and there compared to the Razr (2022).

Just like last year, we compare Motorola’s foldable with the latest Samsung Galaxy. That’s still the Flip4, as the Flip5 hasn’t been announced yet. You would think that this comparison is not entirely fair because the new device from Motorola will probably be a lot more powerful, but that’s not too bad. For example, the Razr 40 Ultra has the same soc as the Flip4, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1.

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Fortunately, enough improvements have also been made to make Motorola’s new foldable feel new. For example, the screen at the front has been enlarged and there is a battery with a higher capacity in the device. Furthermore, the refresh rate of both screens has been increased. In this review, we occasionally place the new Motorola device next to another high-end smartphone from the manufacturer, the Moto Edge 40 Pro. The Edge line is to Motorola what the Galaxy S devices are to Samsung: the most powerful devices with the highest specifications. It is therefore no surprise that the Edge 40 Pro has a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 on board and that fewer components have been cut.

Are the cuts Motorola has made to the Razr 40 Ultra such that the device is still a good balance of high-end and semi-high-end parts? You read it in this review.

2023-06-01 18:00:00
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