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The Motorola Razr (2023) sits open on a table.
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Folding phones are undoubtedly cool – but they’re also expensive, The idea of ​​having a smartphone that can fold in half sounds amazing, but when you see some folding phones selling for around $2,000, it’s easy to see why so many people just want regular, non-folding phones. Why stick to it?

The Motorola Razr (2023) changes all this completely. Announced earlier this summer and released in the US in October, the Razr (2023) launched with a simple goal: be the first truly affordable folding phone. It achieved this with a retail price of $700, making it significantly cheaper than all its folding competitors. But Black Friday 2023 is now here, and the Motorola Razr has been found more cheaper,

Someone is holding a purple Motorola Razr (2023).
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As part of the Black Friday shopping season, you can now pick up the Motorola Razr (2023) for just $500. That’s a $200 savings over its already low retail price, making the Razr (2023) the cheapest way to buy a folding phone this year — and by a very significant margin.

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The Razr (2023) is a flip-phone style foldable; When it’s open it looks like a traditional smartphone, but you can fold it in half to turn it into a compact square. When folded like this, the Razer (2023) shows off its 1.5-inch cover display to show the time, date, notifications, weather, and other information. You’ll need to have the phone open to do most of your tasks, but you can keep an eye on things even when the Razr is turned off.

When the Razr is open, you get a 6.9-inch OLED display with a 144Hz refresh rate. It’s bright, colorful and as good a screen as you could ask for at this price – not to mention the fact that it folds in half, too.

Powering the Razer (2023) is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 7 Gen 1 processor, and while it’s not the best chip for graphically intensive games, it handles most day-to-day tasks just fine. Battery life has also been very good in our testing, and there’s support for both 30W wired charging and 5W wireless charging.

What about cameras? You get two rear cameras: a 64MP primary camera and a 13MP ultrawide camera. There is also a 32MP selfie camera at the top of the screen. While these aren’t the best cameras we’ve used this year, they’re perfect for casual shots you want to upload to Instagram or Twitter/X. And since it’s a foldable, you can use the 64MP primary camera to take selfies when the phone is closed and use the cover screen as a small viewfinder.

Using the Motorola Razr 40's cover screen camera preview.
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The Motorola Razr (2023) won’t surprise you in any one category, but it’s great in almost every respect. At the $500 Black Friday price this would be a really solid midrange Android phone, but remember – it’s also a foldable phone, And it’s a cute foldable phone. The hinge feels strong and reliable. You can fold it in half and set the Razr on a table or desk and essentially have a kickstand wherever you go. And if you want a phone that you can flick open and close like the old days, you can do that too.

This is what makes the Motorola Razr so special. It’s a great Android phone, it’s a reliable foldable phone, and it only costs $500. It seems like an impossible proposition, but it’s actually very real.

The Motorola Razr (2023) in all three colors is lying on a table.
Razor (2023) in Sage Green, Summer Lilac and Vanilla Cream. Joe Maring/

Folding phones may not be for you, and that’s okay! But if you’ve been thinking about making the leap, this Black Friday deal is finally the perfect time to do so. The Motorola Razr (2023) is an excellent first foldable phone, and if you can buy it for $500, it’s a really handy phone to have.

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