In January, Motorola announced it would revive its iconic Razr handset as a foldable smartphone. However, after it missed a reported February launch, the device’s future became uncertain. Now, 11 months later, the Lenovo subsidiary has revealed a host of details about its flexible mobile.
Motorola’s revamped Verizon exclusive Razr will be available for sale on January 9, 2020, for $1,499.99. Moreover, the company will accept preorders for the device starting on December 26.
A Different Approach
Previously, smartphone manufacturers have taken a singular approach in designing their foldable handsets. Both the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X expand from a standard form factor to become near tablet size. However, Motorola has prioritized usability in designing its current generation Razr.
When collapsed, the device has a clamshell appearance reminiscent of its feature phone predecessor. In that mode, the Razr’s 2.7-inch panel gives users access to a few app widgets and informational updates. The smartphone’s exterior screen alerts its owner to incoming calls, texts, and emails. It also displays mobile payment systems, music player interface, and camera controls.
Furthermore, the Razr is equipped with Google Assistant and will respond to voice commands when the device is closed.
Motorola’s Razr design also takes into account a crucial issue that plagues the Galaxy Fold. Upon its release, Samsung posted a video detailing the inherent fragility of its flexible mobile. Notably, the corporation even warned users tapping hard on its screen can irreparably damage the phone’s display.
Conversely, the Razr’s 6.2 inch interior OLED panel is protected by its stainless steel frame when closed. Moreover, Motorola designed its foldable handset with a zero-gap hinge that will prevent outside objects from slipping underneath its surface. Also, the manufacturer noted it treated the phone’s plastic screen with a proprietary coating that is scruff and splash resistant.
Motorola even told The Verge, “We’re not going to go out there and say, ‘consumers should be cautious of how they use the phone.’”
Will the New Razr Succeed?
While foldable smartphones have attracted a great deal of public interest, their technical limitations have dampened consumer confidence. Indeed, part of Motorola’s marketing campaign for the Razr is assuring buyers it’s not the Galaxy Fold. Had the corporation released the device earlier this year, its outreach wouldn’t need to be as defensive.
On the other hand, Samsung’s rush to get its flexible handset to market resulted in one of the more disastrous product rollouts of the decade.
It’s also worth noting the Razr isn’t an elite device in terms of its functionality. The Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710 processor powers the phone, which puts it a step behind its Snapdragon 855+ equipped handsets. Besides, it comes preloaded with Android Pie, a mobile operating system that will be obsolete by the time the device is released.
On the bright side, the flexible device boasts 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage.
Furthermore, the new Razr comes with a 16-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5-megapixel internal camera. Though the handset allows users to take low light photographs with its Night Vision mode and 4K video, it lacks a telephoto and panoramic lens.
Notably, Motorola decided to not include a 5G antenna in its Razr smartphone.
Ultimately, the company might’ve put off buyers by selling a $1,500 smartphone that lacks top of the line power and sophistication. But consumers, especially those who have fond memories of the original Razr, might be intrigued by its novelty.