Even if the world is falling apart around us, 2019 has been an exciting year for foldable phones, at the very least. From Samsung to Huawei, and now the Motorola RAZR.
Update 23 December 2019: Motorola confirmed that the delay of its RAZR has been delayed due to high demand; the device was scheduled for a pre-order launch on 26 December 2019. The news was shared online by Mark Gurman:
“Motorola is delaying its foldable RAZR reboot, saying that demand is outstripping supply. Company isn’t saying how long the delay will be for. It was supposed to go on pre-order this month, ship in January.”
Motorola hasn’t confirmed the new launch date; however, the company said it doesn’t “anticipate a significant shift” from the original schedule. That means we could hopefully see the device launch in early 2020.
Update: 20 November 2019: Motorola issued a statement on the RAZR’s durability after concerns about the hinges, despite the fact that Motorola’s warranty covers replacements. We guess everyone is still reeling after Samsung’s mishap with the Galaxy Fold.
Motorola didn’t say exactly how many times the RAZR devices was folded and unfolded during the stress tests. Remember, Samsung claimed that the device will last for 200 000 folds, but the Fold began breaking after about half that time.
Motorola has confidence in the durability of their flagship device’s Flex View display, saying that they didn’t bring the RAZR to market until they knew “it was ready”. The device will reportedly “last for the average lifespan of a smartphone”. They added:
“We acknowledge this is a brand new technology and we are committed to continue improving as the industry evolves. Therefore, we’ve created a world-class service package to make sure every Razr customer has an exceptional experience.”
Update: 14 November 2019: Motorola showed off their clamshell foldable phone to the world this week. Initial reports indicated that we could expect a launch in November, but that has now been laid to rest.
The company confirmed that the Motorola RAZR will be launched on 9 January 2020, and will come with a price tag of $1 500, or approximately R22 200, as per the exchange rate at the time of publishing.
The phone will be available exclusively through Verizon, and the company also confirmed the following phone stats:
- SoC – Snapdragon 710
- RAM – 6GB
- Storage – 128GB
- Display – 6.2-inch 2142 x 876, 2.7-inch 600 x 800
- Battery – 2510 mAh
- Camera – 16MP main, 5MP selfie (open configuration)
- Software – Android 9 Pie
Watch: Motorola’s RAZR
Samsung and Huawei were able to get the excitement running for a months-long high by teasing their devices at the Mobile World Congress earlier this year, but most of that excitement has died down again.
Enter Motorola, hoping to lift our spirits again for the last stretch of the year. And we may even get a glimpse of the upcoming device sooner than expected.
“You’re going to flip”
Motorola has sent out invites to a mysterious 13 November event. The invite reads: “An original unlike any other,” accompanied by the phrase, “You’re going to flip”.
Well, then. Two clues there – “original” and “flip” – might just prove a long-running rumour: That Motorola is working on a RAZR device. Yes, that flip phone from the early 2000s.
The Motorola RAZR V3i was sold during the height of the RAZR series’ popularity. Back then, it was cutting-edge technology and everyone wanted a flip phone.
A new type of foldable phone
We’ve moved on from flip phones, first focusing on tiny devices, then larger devices, then powerful devices and now finally, foldable phones.
If you think about it, the RAZR flip phone was the ‘original’ foldable phone. (See what I did there?)
Instead of opening like a tablet – such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X – the new RAZR could fold vertically. It’s rumoured that the device will measure around 6.2 inches, or 15.75cm.
Specs and rumours
To keep up with the times, the new RAZR could likely run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, support a 2 730mAh battery. While 8GB of RAM might be reaching, 4GB or 6GB wouldn’t be so bad either.
A patent filed back in January contained illustrations similar to the flip phone of old, but with a screen flexible enough to fold in half vertically.
When you think about it, that design is probably more practical than what Samsung and Huawei are trying to achieve. Instead of reinventing the wheel, maybe we just need to reinvent a beloved classic?
According to the Wall Street Journal, the new RAZR could allegedly come with a price tag of $1 500, or R22 200. Look, we’ve seen worse. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is selling for R44 000.
In addition, XDA Developers leaked that it would come with 64GB or 128GB storage, and might be available in gold, black and white.
Note: The high-resolution 3D render of the rumoured Motorola RAZR used in this article was created by Let’s Go Digital.