Motorola Resurrects the Razr phones, This Time with a Folding Display

By today’s smartphone standards, the original Motorola Razr phone is primitive. At the time it debuted in the early 2000s, however, the ultra-thin clamshell phone’s metallic build, electroluminescent keyboard, and long battery life came close to mobile phone nirvana. It even gave a satisfying snap when you shut it.

Years later, Motorola tried to revitalize the Razr brand by putting the name on a series of Android handsets: The Droid Razr, the Droid Razr HD, and the Razr Maxx. These were, according to reviews and our own recollections, good phones. Compared to the original Razr however, they were unmemorable.

Now Motorola is bringing back the Razr once again. And this time, it folds. Yes, you read it right it folds and as expected, Motorola today officially announced the new Razr foldable smartphone. The new Razr opens and closes like a classic flip phone.

The zero-gap hinge in the Razr enables it to close with both sides perfectly flush. The touch-enabled Quick View display on the outside of the device will allow users to do several interactions like playing music, taking selfies, checking notifications and more—all without ever opening your phone. The two displays work together. The content you see on Quick View will move to the larger Flex View display the moment you flip open.

The Razr is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and 128 GB of storage. The device is also water-repellent making it more durable. Like other Motorola smartphones, Razr runs on pure Android experience.

The Motorola Razr will be available for $1499 in the U.S. from Verizon Wireless. The pre-order will start on December 26, 2019, and the device will start shipping in January 9, 2020.

Motorola Razr (2019) features, specifications

Coming to the actual phone, Motorola Razr (2019) looks similar to the original Motorola Razr, including the curved bottom chin, however the everything has been revamped. The company has also made the design water-repellent.

The primary display on the brand-new Motorola Razr is a 6.2-inch flexible OLED HD+ (876×2142 pixels) screen with 21:9 aspect ratio that as mentioned can fold completely in half. Motorola says there is no gap between the two halves of the screen when it is folded. In the folded state, the consumers can access the secondary 2.7-inch (600×800 pixels) Quick View display that can be used to take selfies, view notifications, control music playback, and a lot more.

“The razr uses advanced flexible OLED screen technology and a groundbreaking hinge mechanism that allows the phone to close with both sides perfectly flush,” Motorola said in a statement. “This engineering breakthrough protects the display and creates an even thinner, more compact design.”

Motorola has packed a single 16-megapixel f/1.7 primary shooter on the phone that acts as a selfie camera in the phone’s folded state and as its primary shooter in the unfolded state. The company has also bundled Night Vision mode in the camera software to make sure the phone takes good photos even in low-lighting conditions. AI algorithms have been used to make low-light images better.

There is a 5-megapixel camera inside the Motorola Razr as well, present in the main display notch. It can be used to take selfies when you don’t want to close the phone or need more screen real estate to properly craft your selfie.

In terms of the software, Motorola Razr runs stock Android 9 Pie and the company has made sure when you flip the phone open whatever you were viewing on the secondary screen seamlessly transitions to the main display.

The bottom chin houses the fingerprint sensor as well as the USB Type-C port. Among other specifications, you will get octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC, paired with 6GB of RAM, and a 2510mAh battery. The battery supports 15W fast charging support, however given the relatively smaller battery size, it will be interesting to see whether it can last through a day on a single charge. It is quite possible though, as the users of the Motorola Razr 2019 are more likely to use the secondary smaller display for a number of tasks and only switching to the main display for things that actually require a large screen.

In terms of the connectivity options, there is no SIM card slot of the phone, but it does support eSIM cards. Additionally, Motorola has added NFC support, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11ac, 4G LTE, and GPS. The Motorola Razr measures 72x172x6.9mm in the unfolded state and 72x94x14mm in the folded. Lastly, Motorola Razr 2019 weighs just 205 grams.

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