Motorola Razr Plus (2024) vs Razr (2024): Less of a difference compared to last year

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

Intro


Motorola has announced its new foldable phone series, the 2024 versions of the premium Razr Plus and more affordable regular Razr.  Given the specs, it looks like the $300 price difference is more than justified, but maybe not quite as much as last year.

The regular Razr, which starts at $699, sports a large cover display this year, almost as big as that on the Plus model, which starts at $999. So, that immediately makes one of the biggest differences between last year's models not a factor anymore with the 2024 Razr flip phones from Motorola.

Despite the nice visual upgrade, however, the more budget-friendly Razr does not feature a high-end chipset and comes with a more modest camera system. It is also has slower charging speeds, but might have longer battery life than the Razr Plus thanks to slightly higher battery capacity.

Nevertheless, both 2024 Razr flip phones look like they can contend for the best foldable phones this year, so let's take a closer look at them and how they compare to each other.

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



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Design and Size

Razr Plus has a bigger cover display

The main visible difference between the Razr Plus (2024) and the regular Razr (2024) is in the cover display size. The Pus model has a much larger 4" cover screen vs. the 3.6" on the more affordable version.

Materials-wise, we are looking at a stainless steel hinge, aluminum frame, plastic front, and a glass back for both Razr Plus models in 2024. Even the new IPX8 water resistance rating is shared by the two.

The two phones have mostly similar dimensions to each other, so you don't have to pick one based on size and weight. That said, the regular Razr is somewhat thicker at 0.63in (15.9mm) vs. the 0.60in (15.3mm) of the Razr Plus.

Razr Plus (2024) colors:

  • Peach Fuzz
  • Midnight Blue
  • Spring Green
  • Hot Pink

Razr (2024) colors:

  • Beach Sand
  • Koala Grey
  • Spritz Orange

Both phones come with a case and charger inside the box, as well as a USB-C charging cable. You also get a color-matching lanyard as an extra accessory to help you carry the phone.

Display Differences


Besides the fact that the cover display is significantly larger on the Razr Plus (2024), it is also with a higher 165Hz refresh rate (vs. 90Hz), and brighter at 2400 nits peak brightness (vs. 1700 nits).

The main displays on both phones are 6.9 inches, but the one on the Plus model goes up to 165Hz while the regular model up to 120Hz. The Razr (2024) also supports only HDR10+ content, whereas the Razr Plus (2024) supports Dolby Vision on top of that.

For all intents and purposes though, you won't notice any differences in the image quality that either phone produces from its main display.

Performance and Software

Performance is the main differentiating factor

While Motorola has included Qualcomm's Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 chipset inside the premium Razr Plus (2024), it uses a chip made by a different manufacturer for the regular Razr (2024). The chip is the Dimensity 7300X, which is made by Mediatek.

Even though it is not exactly the best out there, the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 is still near-flagship level silicon, while the Dimensity 7300X is a mid-range chip.

As for memory, Motorola offers both models in 8GB of RAM. The storage situation is similar, with 256GB for both models. But the difference comes when we look at the  significantly faster and more power-efficient UFS 4.0 storage vs UFS 2.2 on the regular Razr (2024).

As for software support, we are looking at the 3 years of Android updates and 4 years of security patches for both 2024 Razr foldable phones from Motorola. That means the last Android OS you will get is Android 17, and then another year of security patches.

Camera

New main cameras for both, but different secondary ones

While both the 2024 Razr Plus and regular 2024 Razr come with brand new 50MP main cameras (hopefully the same between the two models), they have very different secondary cameras.

Motorola has swapped the 13MP ultra-wide camera on the Razr Plus for a new 50MP telephoto with 2X zoom, while the regular Razr remains with the same 13MP ultra-wide snapper from last year. This could be a deciding factor between the two for some buyers, but we much prefer the Plus' camera system.

The selfie cameras are unchanged from last year, still 32MP, so we don't expect any major differences in image quality from that one.

Battery Life and Charging

You get faster charging speed if you get the Plus

The new Razr Plus comes with a 4000 mAh battery, which is more than its predecessor's 3800 mAh one, but not as large as the 4200 mAh battery that the entry-level Razr (2024)  has. Come back soon to see how the two compared in our dedicated battery life tests.

Both phones come with upgraded 15W wireless charging, but the Razr Plus has faster 45W wired charging versus the 30W on the non-Plus model. Another differentiating factor is that the pricier version has 5W reverse-wireless charging whereas the more affordable Razr (2024) does not.

Specs Comparison


Here's a quick overview of the Razr Plus (2024) vs Razr (2024) specs:


Summary


You get a lot of extra goodies if you pay $300 more for the Razr Plus flagship. That includes the 2X telephoto camera, a more powerful processor, faster charging, larger cover display, and more.

That being said, much more than last year, the regular Razr seems to be less separated than its high-end counterpart. A big reason to buy a foldable phone is that you can use it while it is closed, and this year there is a less stark difference in the cover display size.

If you don't need the extra horsepower you might not have to pay $999 for the Plus, especially if there is little to no difference between the image quality coming from the main cameras.

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