- Motorola on Wednesday announced its new $US1,500 Razr smartphone with a nearly identical flip-phone design as the original from the mid-2000s.
- The new Razr has a 6.2-inch foldable screen and a 2.7-inch screen on the outside.
- It’s pretty tall and incredibly thin when it’s unfolded, but it folds down to a compact device that’s smaller than any other phone with a 6.2-inch screen.
- The specs aren’t too impressive, at least on paper, but it’s too early to tell the new Razr’s performance.
- The new Razr will be available to preorder on December 26 and is scheduled for release in the US in January.
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Rejoice, those of you who remember Motorola’s iconic Razr flip phone from the mid-2000s – it’s back.
The new Razr, announced Wednesday, takes the form of a foldable smartphone with the same name and even a nearly identical, yet still modernised, design. For those who don’t remember the original, the new gadget is still likely to come across as an ultra-sleek smartphone with a large screen that folds down into a compact square-like device.
The phone is scheduled to be available for preorder exclusively on Verizon in the US starting December 26. It’s expected to be released in January at Verizon stores, a few Walmart locations, and Motorola’s website.
Outside the US, the new Razr is expected to be available in Canada and in select markets in Europe in January. It’s also scheduled to arrive in Latin America, Asia, and Australia.
Now here’s the gut-wrencher: It costs $US1,500.
Check out everything you need to know about Motorola’s new Razr foldable smartphone:
Motorola’s new Razr foldable smartphone is exactly what it sounds like — a modernised foldable smartphone version of the classic Razr from the mid-2000s.
Unfolded, the new Razr will have a 6.2-inch foldable OLED screen with an 876p resolution that’s technically sharper than the iPhone 11.
The phone will be pretty tall at 172 mm, or 6.8 inches – taller than most phones with large screens. It won’t be that much narrower than most regular smartphone designs.
It will also be incredibly slim when unfolded, at 6.9 mm. Most phones are more than 8 mm thick.
Flip the screen down, and the phone’s height is reduced to 94 mm, or just 3.7 inches.
That’s when the real appeal of foldable smartphones comes in. It’s way smaller than any other phone with a 6.2-inch screen. On the outside, the new Razr looks like a wider version of the original.
Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the new Razr’s screen can fold down flat, where it’s 14 mm thick, which is quite a bit thicker than most smartphones.
The hinge in the new Razr is Motorola’s secret sauce when it comes to its ability to fold flat.
The exterior has a 2.7-inch OLED touchscreen with 800×600 resolution for basic functions like notifications, music controls, and responding to texts and emails.
It’s also a viewfinder for selfies taken with the new Razr’s main 16-megapixel camera.
There’s also a 5-megapixel selfie camera in the notch at the top of the screen when you flip the new Razr open.
The new Razr retains the original design’s bulge at the bottom of the phone, but unlike the original, the bulge is where you’ll find the fingerprint sensor to unlock the phone.
The new Razr runs on the Snapdragon 710 chip, has 6 GB of RAM, and comes with 128 GB of storage, which places it in the upper midrange when it comes to performance, at least on paper.
It also runs on Android 9 at launch, even though Android 10 was released in September.
Battery-wise, you’re getting 2,510 mAh, which isn’t very big, especially for a phone with a 6.2-inch screen.
The Pixel 4 XL with a 6.3-inch screen has a 3,700 mAh battery, and its battery life isn’t stellar. Perhaps the smaller battery won’t have to work so hard to power the Snapdragon 710 chip and the 876p resolution screen on the new Razr, and we may still see some decent battery life.
Another spec that stood out was the new Razr’s 205-gram weight.
At about 7.2 ounces, it is heavier than a lot of smartphones. It’s a hair heavier than the iPhone 11’s 194 grams.
Since the new Razr’s screen is foldable, it’s still presumably fragile.
It has a one-year warranty in the US during which time you can get the screen repaired or replaced free if it’s damaged during normal use, with a free 24-hour turnaround. Outside the one-year warranty, or if the display was damaged outside normal use, it will cost $US300 to replace the screen. Motorola plans to announce warranty information outside the US when the new Razrs become available.