This future clamshell smartphone proves that the real battle will be fought on the external screen

As the race for the most innovative Flip-format foldable smartphone rages between Samsung and Oppo, it’s Motorola’s turn to play its trump card. For its next Razr 2023, the American brand plans to offer an even larger external screen than its two competitors.

According to a well-known leaker, the next Motorola Razr 2023 could offer an external screen the size of the folded smartphone. // Source: Evan Bass via GSM Arena

The market for clamshell foldable smartphones has never evolved faster. If we have already witnessed the rivalry of the South Korean manufacturer Samsung with the Chinese Oppo in this category, it is Motorola’s turn to fight for a place.

In a tweet posted on Feb. 22, passed by GSMArena, the famous leaker Evan Bass has revealed what the next Motorola Razr should look like, expected for 2023. Three images of 3D renders of a smartphone very similar to the Razr 2022, released last August… the whole half of the product. According to the visuals, it would even support navigation buttons.

According to these 3D renderings, there would even be an area dedicated to managing the navigation buttons. // Source: Evan Bass via GSM Arena

Increasingly large external screens

These first images of Motorola’s next smartphone come against a backdrop of innovation in the clamshell foldable market, or “flip phones“. While Samsung’s first models in this format launched three years ago were initially content with offering a smartphone over 6 inches that could be folded in half, Motorola has always offered an external screen since the Razr 2019 . telephone.

Samsung followed the trend and offered a 1.9-inch external panel on its latest Galaxy Z Flip 4, compared to 2.7-inches on the latest Razr 2022. But recently the Oppo Find N2 Flip – the first of its kind for the brand – outbid , with a 3.26-inch screen.

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Samsung and Motorola, the same battle

Since then, there have been countless rumors about Samsung and Motorola’s response to the Oppo Find N2 Flip. Two days ago, the leaker Ice universe confirmed information from analyst Ross Young, specialist in screen production lines: the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 could have a larger screen than Oppo’s.

He even shares a preview image on Twitter this Wednesday, February 22… almost identical to the 3D renderings of the next Motorola Razr 2023 by Evan Bass. A montage that, however, remains very brief and hypothetical.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 is very likely of this design. I’m doing further research…

— Ice Universe (@UniverseIce) February 22, 2023

But if these two rumors are confirmed, these two future “flip phonescould offset a blind spot of this smartphone size: the frustration for some users of always having to open their phone before they can use it, even for certain basic tasks.

With a larger external screen (and, we hope, an interface that takes advantage of it intelligently), these two products could therefore appeal to a segment of consumers.

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