Hello Moto Razr 50 ultra: Motorola's latest flip phone lands next month

Hello Moto Razr 50 ultra: Motorola's latest flip phone lands next month

In a world where Samsung and Apple dominate smartphone sales, it must be difficult to cut through. So Motorola is bringing its new Razr to help.

Okay, that was terrible. But at least I’m trying, right?

In all seriousness, Motorola has unveiled its latest version of the flipping Razr Ultra family. Upgrading last year’s Razr 40 and Razr 40 Ultra are the Razr 50 and Razr 50 Ultra.

Catchy names, right?

The Razr 50’s Aussie release details are still to come, but we know we’ll see the Razr 50 Ultra from 17 July, with pre-orders opening 2 July.

Let’s compare specs

So what can you expect? Here are the specs:

PhoneMotorola Razr 50 UltraMotorola Razr 50
Display6.9-inch 165Hz Main screen
4-inch 165Hz External screen
6.9-inch 120Hz Main screen
3.6-inch 165Hz External screen
Resolution1080 x 2640 Main screen
1080 x 1272 External screen
1080 x 2640 Main screen
1056 x 1066 External Screen
ProcessorSnapdragon 8s Gen 3MediaTek Dimensity 7300X
RAM12GB8GB
Storage512GB256GB
OSAndroid 14Android 14
Updates3yrs OS upgrades, 4 yrs security3yrs OS upgrades, 4 yrs security
Rear Camera50MP Primary, 50MP 2x Optical Telephoto50MP Primary, 13MP 120° Ultra-Wide
Front Camera32MP32MP
Battery4000mAh4200mAh
Connectivity3G/4G/5G3G/4G/5G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 6EWi-Fi 6E
DimensionsOpen: 73.99 x 171.42 x 7.09mm
Closed: 73.99 x 88.09 x 15.32mm
Open: 73.99 x 171.30 x 7.25mm
Closed: 73.99 x 88.08 x 15.85mm
Weight189g188g
Water ResistanceIPX8IPX8
ColoursMidnight Blue, Spring Green, Peach FuzzKoala Grey, Beach Sand, Spritz Orange
RRP$1,699TBC
A woman holding a green moto razr  ultra 50 while wearing green earrings and a green jacket.

So, what’s exciting?

Specs are boring, but also kinda important. But they don’t tell you what is actually on offer with the new phones.

Because the local announcement was all about the Razr 50 Ultra, I’m going to be talking about it from here on out.

The big development is in that external screen. At a full 4-inches, it’s the biggest of any flip phone (for now at least). Motorola has focused on integrating it with Google’s Gemini app directly.

That means you can press and hold the power button to bring up Gemini, which will give you suggestions based on whatever prompt you give it.

Of course, being an AI it will likely make up half of the crap it tells you, but that’s what people want these days, I guess. Or at least that’s what tech companies want people to want…

The external screen can also access Google Photos so you can look at pics without opening the phone. Motorola has also added a dedicated Spotify panel for music control and a Bose panel for controlling Bose earbuds and headphones.

Hardware improvements

The Razr 50 Ultra’s glass has been upgraded to Corning Gorilla Glass Victus on the external screen and an IPX8 rating in case you accidentally drop it in the toilet.

The hinge has also has a bit of a glow up, which makes it easier to open and shut single handedly.

The Ultra comes with 12GB RAM, 512GB ROM and a 4000mAh battery. The battery also gets 15W wireless charging and 5W reverse charging capabilities. 

Pricing and availability

As I mentioned above, we’re not sure on the Razr 50’s Aussie launch, but the Razr 50 Ultra will arrive 17 July 2024 for an RRP of $1,699.

It will be available in Midnight Blue, Spring Green and Pantone’s colour of the year for 2024, Peach Fuzz, and will be available from Amazon, The Good Guys, Mobileciti, Officeworks, JB Hi-Fi, Harvey Norman and Motorola’s online store.

There’s also a pre-order offer. With pre-orders opening on 2 July, anyone who pre-orders can redeem a pair of moto buds+ in Forest Grey. T&Cs apply, obviously.

I’m hoping to test it out to see whether it’s one of the best Motorola phones, so come back soon, y’hear?