Motorola Razr (2019) – everything you need to know about the hottest new folding phone

We've got our hands on the new foldable sensation. Read our Motorola Razr 2019 review: hands on for a more in-depth look.

Motorola Razr 2019: Price, release date and specs

Along with the original iPhone and Nokia 3310, the Motorola Razr is one of the most iconic mobile phones ever. And it just got a new lease of life. Meet the Motorola Razr 2019 − a foldable smartphone that’s dripping in nostalgia.

But this is no Samsung Galaxy Fold imitator. The Motorola Razr 2019 is a very different take on foldable form factor.  There’s plenty to talk about, so read on for all the details, including its price, release date and design.

We’ve got our hands on the new foldable sensation. Read our Motorola Razr 2019 review: hands on for a more in-depth look.

Motorola Razr 2019 − Design and display

The clamshell phone features a 2.7-inch, 800 x 600 external display (aspect ratio 4:3) and an internal 6.2-inch, 2142 x 876 OLED display (aspect ratio 21:9). It folds horizontally across the centre.

The idea here is to interact with and respond to incoming notifications via the smaller Quick View display. You can even take selfies with the phone closed.

For everything else, you can flip open the clamshell and reveal the full Android 9 Pie UI on the Flex View display, in order to interact with the smartphone as you normally would.

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It’s a surprise not to see Android 10 out of the box, especially as the new operating system introduced a Screen Continuity feature that’s designed to make the software experience smoother when you switch between screens or use multiple windows on foldable devices.

Motorola has been pretty hot on updating its phones in the past, so we’re hopeful this is the case here too.

For now, it’s Android 9, and it’s presented as Google intended − without the clutter of a custom UI.

It’s clear Moto has put a lot of work into modernising the noir black design here. Early images make it clear the phone befits the legacy of the original flip phone, updated for the modern era.

Moto seems to be particularly pleased with the zero-gap hinge that appears to provide a much flusher seal than the Galaxy Fold, which you could pretty much drive a bus through.

On its website, Moto says: “Razr transforms an industry challenge into an engineering breakthrough. The zero-gap hinge allows Razr to close with both sides perfectly flush, a cohesive design that also protects the main display.”

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The phone weighs 205g overall and has folded dimensions of 72 x 94 x 14mm. Unfolded, it pretty much halves the thickness with dimensions of 72 x 172 x 6.9mm.

The Razr’s clamshell design could also be an answer to our biggest concern about the Mate X – the fact the screen is permanently exposed on both sides. There’s also an outer fingerprint sensor on the back of the device.

The Razr isn’t waterproof, but Motorola says it’s protected against “moderate” exposure to water such as accidental spills, splashes, or light rain. It is not designed to survive being submerged in water.

Related: Huawei Mate X vs Galaxy Fold

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Motorola Razr 2019 release date

In the UK, the Motorola Razr 2019 is an EE exclusive. Unfortunately though, we don’t yet know when the handset will be available to buy − you can register your interest here.

In the US, the Razr 2019 will go on sale on January 9. Pre-orders begin on Boxing Day (December 26) on the Verizon network.

Motorola Razr 2019 price

Unfortunately, our fears ahead of its unveiling were justified. UK pricing is yet to be announced, but in the US the pre-order price is $1,499 (which is approximately £1165).

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Motorola Razr 2019 − Specs and features

For the price quoted above, we would expect high-end features and all the trimmings, including Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 855 processor, a strong camera and — perhaps most importantly for potential buyers of this particular handset — a very slick design indeed. However, while the design appears to be on point, the specs appear to be lagging behind.

It’s now confirmed the Razr 2019 will not be equipped with a high-end processor, and it will also feature a smaller battery than the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X.

The Motorola Razr 2019 will be powered by a 2.2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 710, a mid-range processor that features on the Xiaomi Mi 8 SE − a budget version of the Xiaomi Mi 8. That’ll be paired 6GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage.

The battery is just 2,510mAh and will offer 15W TurboPower fast charging. We’d been hoping for the 27W variant of that technology but it is not present. While specs aren’t everything, we had been expecting the new Razr to have a slightly more ‘premium’ feature set, especially at this price.

The company does promise all-day battery life with the opportunity to reclaim hours of power with just minutes on charge, so we’ll have to wait and see how it performs in our review after release to see if it really lives up to the spirit of its era-defining predecessors.

Connectivity is provided by a USB Type-C port, while NFC, Bluetooth 5.0 and LTE are also on board. In terms of Wi-Fi you’ll get 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual band 2.4 & 5GHz, with hotspot capabilities.

Motorola Razr 2019 – camera

Motorola is bringing two cameras into play, both accessible while the device is folded.

The rear-facing camera offers a 16-megapixel sensor with EIS, a dual LED flash and an f/1.7 aperture. The front-facing selfie cam is 5-megapixels, f/2.0, and an in-display flash. Motorola is advertising a portrait mode, a smile-detecting group shot mode and a new colour spot mode, which enables shooters to just keep one colour within the image.

We’ll be going hands on with the Motorola Razr (2019) camera and the rest of the features at the earliest convenience. We’ll keep you posted.

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