Motorola Razr Plus (2024) vs Razr Plus (2023): Upgrades on all fronts

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Motorola Razr Plus (2024) vs Razr Plus (2023): Expected upgrades

Intro


Motorola finally hit the mark with its foldable phone series when it launched the Razr Plus (2023) last year, which is also known as the Razr 40 Ultra outside of the US. Now the company has launched the successor, the Razr Plus (2024), and it comes with several key upgrades that make it an even better flip phone.

With the 2024 edition of the Razr Plus buyers get a much brighter and larger cover display, a new and more powerful chipset, faster and more power-efficient storage, brand new camera system and more. All in all it sounds like a comprehensive improvement over the 2023 version of the Razr Plus.

Razr+ (2024): save $100 and up to 50% extra with trade-in

For a limited time, Motorola lets you get your new Motorola Razr+ (2024) for 50% off with previous generation Razr phones. That means you can save up to $550 on the clamshell foldable. Alternatively, you can order one for 10% off without any trade-ins.
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Get your Razr (2024) for up to 50% off with trade-in

Motorola.com has an exciting offer for those owning previous generation Razr phones and wish to get the latest Razr (2024)! This handset arrives for up to 50% off with eligible phone trade-ins. If you don't own an old-gen Razr device (or don't want to trade in any device), you can get the Razr (2024) at its standard price.
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Razr+ (2024): save $100 at Amazon

If you don't want to get your new fancy foldable straight from the source, consider Amazon's deal on the Razr+ (2024). Over here, the smartphone sells for $100 off its list price, saving you 10%.

Razr (2024) is also available at Amazon

In case you don't have an eligible phone trade-in or simply prefer getting your tech at Amazon, don't worry. The latest mid-range Razr (2024) is also available at the largest e-commerce seller. At the time of writing, no discounts are available on this phone.

The good news is that the price remains the same, starting at $999 for the base model with 256GB of storage and  8GB of RAM.

Motorola Razr Plus (2024) vs Motorola Razr Plus (2023) differences:



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Design and Size

Perfecting the look while adding durability

Motorola has slightly altered the design of its new high-end flip phone, making the 2024  Razr Plus with a lower back panel made of vegan leather (silicone) instead of the glass one we saw last year. This might not seem as premium at first, but it offers many benefits;  it is more grippy, helping it slip less, and it does not show fingerprints.

Another change to the exterior look of the Razr Plus is the cover display, which has grown to 4 inches, versus the 3.6 inches on the Razr Plus from 2023. As a result, the phone looks cleaner and the top half of it is now all screen (besides the camera cutouts).

The hinge has also been improved on the new Razr Plus, now able to sit at more angles and with a much less visible crease—a very welcome improvement.

Arguably a more important upgrade, however, is the fact that the 2024 Razr Plus comes with a water resistance certification of IPX8, whereas the 2023 Razr Plus has none (besides a measly water-repellent coating).

Thankfully, just like the previous Razr Plus, Motorola has included a charger and a protective case inside the box, as well as a charging cable. The difference is that this year the case matches the color of your phone and you also get a color-matched vegan leather lanyard.

Display Differences


Motorola has gone the extra mile to upgrade both displays of the Razr Plus this year. The 2024 model's 4" cover display has a higher 165Hz refresh rate (vs. 144Hz) and a much higher 2400 nits peak brightness (vs. 1100 nits). Truthfully, though, the higher refresh rate is a marketing stunt. The real upgrade to get excited for is the brightness, which will positively affect outdoor visibility.

The main, foldable display has not changed in terms of size or resolution, but it has also received a nice bump to its brightness. The 2024 Razr Plus can reach 3000 nits peak brightness, which is about double that of the 2023 model. It also comes with Dolby Vision support for HDR content, whereas the predecessor only has HDR10+ support, making the newer model better equipped for watching movies and other video material.

Performance and Software

More horsepower and faster storage

The Razr Plus (2024) comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8s Gen 3. This is a somewhat less capable version of the high-end Snapdragon 8 Gen 3 silicon from Qualcomm, mainly in the graphics department. The good news is that it is also a less power hungry chipset, which means lower temperatures and less power drain.

Compared to the Snapdragon 8+ Gen 1, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 offers significant improvements in performance, both in terms of graphics and multi/single core processing power.

As for storage and memory, Motorola has stuck to the same combination as last year, which is 8/256GB. The difference is that the storage is now UFS 4.0, which is nearly twice as fast as the UFS 3.1 storage inside the older model.

As for software support, we are looking at the same 3 years of Android updates and 4 years of security patches that the 2023 Razr Plus came with.

Camera

The cameras are the most exciting part

There are two brand new cameras, and one of them might even surprise you. While the Razr Plus from 2023 comes with a 13MP ultra-wide, the new Razr Plus drops it for a 50MP 2X telephoto. The switch to a telephoto camera is probably a well thought out one, and we would venture to guess that users tend to use a telephoto camera more often than the ultrawide camera nowadays.

That's not all though, as the main camera has also gotten an upgrade, going from the 12MP on the predecessor to 50MP on the 2024 edition. Now, if it is anything like the Edge 50 Fusion or Edge 50 Pro main camera, we are in for a treat, as it would be a massive jump in image quality compared to the 2023 Razr Plus. Stay tuned for camera samples coming soon!

The selfie camera remains unchanged at 32MP, so we shouldn't see any major differences in image quality from that one, unless the image software has been tweaked on that front.

Battery Life and Charging

Better charging experience

The new Razr Plus comes with a slightly larger 4000 mAh battery, compared to the 3800 mAh one inside last generation. Whether the battery life is better, however, we will find out during our dedicated battery life tests, so come back soon to check them out.

Charging is where the 2024 Razr Plus has visibly improved, with 45W vs the 30W wired charging on the predecessor. Wireless charging has also jumped from 5W to 15W, and now users have the ability to charge other devices via 5W reverse-wireless charging on teh Razr Plus (2024).

Specs Comparison




From this spec sheet it quickly becomes clear where there is the most improvement. The Camera system has received massive upgrade over the previous generation, but also the chipset and the display brightness. There is also the faster storage and and better charging.

Summary


All in all, we are looking at a significant spec bump throughout many of the phone's aspects with the Razr Plus in 2024. Whether the aforementioned improvements merit an upgrade will depend on your budget and preference, but in our view the new cameras and more powerful chipset alone are two great reasons to make the jump.

Stay tuned for our full comparison of Motorola's flagship flip phones to see camera samples, as well as test results for their performance, battery life, and display differences.

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