Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: What are the differences?

The Motorola Razr 2024 (left) and Razr Plus 2024
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Moto's two latest foldables, the Motorola Razr 2024 and Razr Plus 2024, are a pair of equally capable flip phones, but with some key differences to know about if you're considering making a purchase.

This year's Razr and Razr Plus (or Razr 50 and Razr 50 Ultra if you're outside the U.S.) offer similar specs in many areas, like their main displays, cameras, storage and overall shape and size. But since their colors, charging and battery capabilities, secondary cameras and outer displays differ, not to mention the pricing, you will have to carefully consider which model will suit you best.

Below is a breakdown of all the specs and features you need to know for the Motorola Razr 2024 and Motorola Razr Plus 2024. So you can make your choice fully informed.

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Specs

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Motorola Razr 2024 Motorola Razr Plus 2024
Price $699 / £799 $999 / £999
Inner display 6.9-inch pOLED (2640 x 1080) 6.9-inch pOLED (2640 x 1080)
Outer display 3.6-inch pOLED (1056 x 1066) 4-inch pOLED (1272 x 1080)
Refresh rate 120Hz adaptive inner, 90Hz outer 165Hz adaptive inner and outer
Outer cameras 50MP main (f/1.7), 13MP ultrawide (f/2.2) 50MP (f/1.7), 50MP 2x telephoto (f/2.2)
Inner camera 32MP selfie (f/2.4) 32MP selfie (f/2.4)
Chipset Dimensity 7300X Snapdragon 8s Gen 3
RAM 8GB 12GB
Storage 256GB 256GB
Battery 4,200 mAh 4,000 mAh
Charging 30W wired, 15W wireless 45W wired, 15W wireless, 5W reverse
Software Android 14 with Hello UX Android 14 with Hello UX
Size 73.99 x 171.30 x 7.25mm (open) / 73.99 x 88.08 x 15.85mm (closed) 73.99 x 171.42 x 7.09mm (open) / 73.99 x 88.09x 15.32mm (closed)
Weight 188g 189g
Dust/water resistance IPX8 IPX8
Colors Koala Gray, Beach Sand, Spritz Orange Midnight Blue, Spring Green, Peach Fuzz, Hot Pink

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Price and availability

Starting with the all-important price tag, the standard Razr sells for $699/£799, and the Razr Plus for $999/£999. The base Razr is not only noticeably cheaper than its Plus sibling, it's quite a bit cheaper than key rivals like the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5, although we'll keep discussion of that for a different face-off.

Both new Razrs are available from July 10 in the U.S., but in the U.K. there's a June 26th launch date for the Plus/50 Ultra, and a vaguer "early July" for the standard 50. We'll keep our ears open for official details and let you know the actual launch date when we can.

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Design and displays

The two latest Razrs look sharp but similar, with near-identical sizes, designs and weights. Both have gained a new hinge design to make one-handed opening and closing easier, but even then it would be hard to tell them apart from the Razr Plus 2023.

The main way you can split the two 2024 Razr models apart from one another is the outer display. These phones share the same inner screen, but the base Razr has a 3.6-inch outer screen like the Razr Plus 2023, with a distinct bezel between it and the hinge side of the phone. But now this year's Razr Plus has a 4-inch, FHD outer screen to make using the phone without opening it even easier.

Motorola Razr Plus 2024.

The Motorola Razr Plus 2024 (Image credit: Future)

You'll also find better refresh rates on the Plus model. The regular Razr has a respectable 120Hz adaptive refresh rate within, and a static 90Hz without. The Plus can go up to 165Hz on both screens for unrivalled smoothness.

motorola razr plus hands on shots

(Image credit: Future)

Lastly, the available colors differ between the two. Your three choices for the standard Razr are gray, sand and orange, while the Plus gets blue, green, Peach Fuzz (Moto partner Pantone's color of the year) and pink.

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Cameras

For your photography needs, the two Razr 2024 models feature the same 50MP main and 32MP selfie cameras. Where they differ is with their second exterior camera.

The standard one gets a 13MP ultrawide camera, much like other flip foldables on the market. Things are more interesting with the Plus model, which offers a 50MP 2x telephoto camera, with a 4x in-sensor zoom mode.

Motorola Razr Plus 2024 hands-on.

The Motorola Razr Plus 2024. (Image credit: Future)

We've yet to test the two phones' cameras against each other, but we imagine other than the ultrawide/telephoto difference, the Razr duo will offer very similar performance. We'll get back to you when we have answers for you.

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Performance

One of the largest differences between the Razr 2024 and Razr Plus 2024 is the chipset Motorola's using. In the base model is a Dimensity 7300X chip, part of MediaTek's mid-range 7000 series of silicon. The Razr Plus has the Snapdragon 8s Gen 3 instead, also a sub-flagship model but one that's likely to offer improved performance since it's labelled with Qualcomm's flagship 8 series name.

The Motorola Razr 2024 (top) and Motorola Razr Plus 2024

(Image credit: Tom's Guide)

Memory-wise, there's a RAM gap between the Razr and Razr Plus as they contain 8GB and 12GB RAM respectively. But interestingly both have 256GB storage, meaning neither has a capacity advantage for those who tend to fill their phones up with files and photos.

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Battery and charging

Other than price, battery capacity is the other main area that the Razr 2024 has an advantage over the Razr Plus 2024. With a 4,200 mAh cell compared to the Plus' 4,000 mAh one, the standard Razr should offer improved longevity.

The Plus model gains back its advantage with charging options. It can charge at up to 45W with a wired connection, and also offers 5W reverse charging to help power up accessories or other people's phones. The vanilla Razr offers 30W wired charging instead, with no reverse option. Both of these phones do offer up to 15W wireless charging though if you'd rather do things without cables.

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Software, AI and special features

On the inside, the Razr and Razr Plus should be hard to tell apart. Both run Motorola's Hello UX, based on Android 14, with a mediocre 3 years of software support promised.

Both also come with Google Gemini inside, accessible from cover screen via a power button shortcut. This enables things like Magic Compose message writing as well as your typical LLM-powered chatbot needs, and you can go even further if you wish with the included free Gemini Advanced subscription for three months.

motorola razr plus hands on shots

The Motorola Razr Plus 2024. (Image credit: Future)

On either phone, you can use Motorola's Style Sync feature to create new generative AI wallpapers based on a photo of something you want to match with. Both can also run regular Android apps on their outer displays if you want to try going without opening the phone for as long as possible, and both have been fitted with a "Camcorder mode" that automatically opens the video recorder section of the Camera app when you open the phone halfway and hold it at an angle, just like home video makers used to do just a few short years ago.

Motorola Razr Plus 2024 hands-on.

(Image credit: Future)

Motorola Razr 2024 vs Razr Plus 2024: Outlook

Looking at the on-paper stats, the Motorola Razr Plus 2024 could be this year's ultimate foldable phone, but that won't be certain until we see what Samsung brings out in the next few weeks. But while it's not as well-specced as its Plus-branded sibling, the standard Razr 2024 may actually be the best overall, thanks to it offering mostly the same specs but for a lot less than typical flip foldable phones.

The Motorola Razr 2024 (right) and Motorola Razr Plus 2024

(Image credit: Tom's Guide)

Choosing between the two is going to be difficult. But focusing on whether you prefer saving money, taking ultrawide shots and getting better battery life over spending more to gain quicker charging and a telephoto camera should help you pick a winner for your unique needs.

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Richard is based in London, covering news, reviews and how-tos for phones, tablets, gaming, and whatever else people need advice on. Following on from his MA in Magazine Journalism at the University of Sheffield, he's also written for WIRED U.K., The Register and Creative Bloq. When not at work, he's likely thinking about how to brew the perfect cup of specialty coffee.