The foldable smartphone market is still relatively nascent compared to the more mainstream smartphone market with glass rectangles. During that relatively short life, Samsung dominated the foldable space, especially in the US, where Chinese smartphone makers like Huawei and Honor are banned. However, there is one competitor that stood out during the first few generations, and it carries a familiar name for those of us who remember when flip phones were first a thing. The company is Motorola and the phone is its revived Razr foldable smartphone.

This year’s model, the Motorola Razr 2022, takes aim directly at Samsung’s Z Flip 4, using an almost identical processor and memory configuration, and a camera array that looks superior, at least on paper. While Samsung’s Z Flip and Z Fold continue to dominate ZDNet’s best foldable phone rankings, it’s worth taking a look at this new entrant to see if you should pre-order the Z Flip 4 or hold off until Motorola provides a solid date of release and pricing for the US market.

We’ve got all the specs for both models, as well as an educated guess on how their comparative pricing will shake out in the US.

By the time you finish reading this piece, you should know if it is time to spend your money on the Z Flip 4 right now or wait a while to give Motorola a chance to put a new Razr in your pocket.

Specifications

Motorola Razr 2022

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4

Display (main screen)

6.7-inch P-OLED with 144Hz refresh rate at 1080x, 2400 (393 ppi)

6.7-inch Dynamic AMOLED with 120Hz refresh rate at 1080×2640 (426 ppi)

Display (roof screen)

2.7-inch G-OLED running @ 573×800

1.9-inch Super AMOLED running @ 260×512

Dimensions (expanded)

167×79.8×7.6 mm

165.2×71.9×6.9mm

Weight

200 gr

187 gr

Cameras

50MP wide, 13MP ultrawide, 32MP front

12MP wide, 12MP ultrawide, 10MP front

Processor

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1

Memory and storage

8GB RAM with 128GB or 256GB | 12GB RAM with 512GB

8GB RAM with 128GB, 256GB, 512GB

Battery

3500 mAh

3700 mAh

Endurance

Splash resistant

IPX8

Software

Android 12

One UI 4.1.1 over Android 12

Colors

black

Graphite, Bora Purple, Rose Gold, Blue, Custom

Price

~$900 (at current exchange rate)

Starting at $999


You should wait for the Motorola Razr 2022 if…

1. Camera quality is a major factor when shopping for your smartphone

While the Z Flip 4 and Motorola Razr 2022 are virtually in lockstep in many of their respective tech specs, one of the biggest differences is the Razr 2022’s camera array. The Z Flip 4’s external shooters come in at 12MP. Moto’s entrant in this race ups its wide-angle shooter to 50MP and the ultra-wide to 13MP. Meanwhile, its selfie camera is 32MP, while that of the Z Flip 4 is only 10MP.

There are many other factors that go into determining the final quality of a smartphone’s photo and video output (such as light collection, lens quality, and post-processing). But this difference confirms that the Razr 2022 will at least capture a lot more raw pixels.

Moto Razr 2022 open and closed

Motorola

2. You’re a fan of the Razr’s nostalgic design aesthetic

Motorola’s refreshed, foldable Razr line has never hidden its intention to lean heavily on nostalgia. For someone like me who lusted after the original Razr flip phone while munching on a bulky LG model, the name still evokes a bit of envy in my mind. The newer, smarter Razr may not quite match the thinness of its predecessor, but it still has something of the same flair with its sharp lines and external display layout.

3. You want a potentially cheaper folding clamshell

While Motorola has yet to announce a price or release date for the Razr 2022 in the US, it has announced that prices for the device will start at RMB 5,999 (the Chinese currency). Using current exchange rates, that translates to about $890. That would put the starting price at just over $100 less than the Z Flip 4 and well below the $1,400-plus that the previous generation Razr started at. If true, it would be particularly impressive given the internal specs.

Meanwhile, the Z Flip 4 starts at $999, but early adopters can currently take advantage of several promotional offers and discounts that bring the price down significantly. Unfortunately, they will likely no longer be available for comparison when the Razr 2022 becomes available for pre-order.

Also: Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 4 vs Galaxy Z Flip 4: Top reasons to buy one over the other

You should buy the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 if…

1. You want to get your first foldable (or upgrade) right now

Samsung’s competitor in this race went up for pre-order on August 10th and is expected to start hitting store shelves and consumers on August 26th. While customers in China have a firm pre-order and release date for the Razr 2022, customers in the US do not. That means you could be waiting months if you pick up the Razr 2022. Those who currently have a functional, modern smartphone may be willing to wait for more information, but those with more pressing needs will probably want to stick with Samsung. especially to take advantage of the current carrier and Samsung deals.

2. The stable warranty and advanced technical support are a must for you

Samsung revealed at its Unpacked 2022 event that all customers who pre-order the Z Flip 4 will receive one year of Samsung Care Plus for free. This brings with it access to benefits such as 24/7 support from a live Samsung expert, as well as warranty protection against accidental damage, battery replacement, and more. While it’s entirely possible Motorola could offer a similar promotion to US customers, the company has maintained a less frequent presence in the States since its acquisition by China-based Lenovo. Meanwhile, Samsung is expanding its US-based multi-generation support presence to make it easier for customers to get repairs and replacements.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 4 in four colors

The four standard colors of the Galaxy Z Flip 4.

Image: Samsung

3. You like a more colorful phone

Samsung has always marketed the Z Flip line as a family of fashion-conscious phones. With the fourth iteration, the company really went all out to help buyers make their specific Z Flip 4 their own.

Not only does the handset come in four ready-made colors (graphite, pine purple, rose gold, blue), but it also comes in new “Bespoke” edition allowing you to choose from five different colors for the front and back body panels, with mix and match support, and three different shades for the metal frame.

It’s worth noting that getting one of these custom units increases your delivery time to “three to four weeks,” but that’s probably a small price to pay if looks matter to you.

https://www.zdnet.com/article/samsung-galaxy-z-flip-4-vs-motorola-razr-2022-preorder-the-flip-or-wait-for-the-razr/#ftag=RSSbaffb68

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