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Motorola's 5G Razr may pack a sleeker design without a fingerprint reader

The Odyssey could include more than just a speed boost.

Published onJuly 27, 2020

Moto Razr foldable folded sitting in box speaker
  • An image has surfaced of what appears to be Motorola’s follow-up to the Razr foldable phone.
  • The picture shows a slicker-looking design with a less prominent chin and no fingerprint reader.
  • It’s labeled as a 2020 phone, although it’s not clear the device will ship this year.

Motorola’s rumored Razr sequel may have emerged in earnest, and it appears that the 2019 foldable is getting a design overhaul.

Well-known leak purveyor Evan Blass has shared an image on his Patreon that reportedly shows the new clamshell phone, codenamed “Odyssey.” It still has the familiar basic design (including the external display), but the chin appears to be conspicuously smaller and doesn’t include a visible fingerprint reader. Unless Motorola has moved the reader, that could hint at face detection or removing biometrics altogether.

The imagery also suggests a change to the external camera, but there aren’t any clear indicators of what has changed.

Previous rumors have conflicted over possible changes to screen size (it doesn’t appear obviously bigger here), but there have been hints at a major performance upgrade. The new Razr could ship with a much newer Snapdragon 765 chip, 5G support, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a somewhat expanded 2,845mAh battery. It might also leap to a 48MP primary camera and a 20MP front-facing cam.

There’s still no word on pricing, although there’s certainly pressure to undercut the $1,500 price for the first-generation Razr.

The real question may be availability. While Blass’ leak describes the phone as a “Motorola Razr 2020,” there have been concerns that the COVID-19 pandemic could push the launch to early 2021. That would still put it on a yearly schedule when the first model didn’t ship until early 2020. However, Motorola would also miss its chance to compete more directly with the Galaxy Z Flip 5G and the usual crop of fall flagships.

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