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. Rumours of a Motorola Razr 2019 reboot as a cutting edge, foldable smartphone have finally come to fruition.
The Motorola Razr is now official. One of the most iconic phones of all time is being reborn as a 6.2-inch foldable smartphone, a much different take on the emerging genre than the troublesome Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Revealed at an event in Los Angela on the evening of November 13, the clamshell phone features an outer 2.7-inch display which opens to reveal a 21:9 OLED display, 6.2-inches in size, and folding horizontally down the centre. Moto calls it a “new take on the flip phone” and it isn’t wrong.
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Motorola Razr 2019 − Design and display
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 normally as you normally would. The pOLED screen offers a 2142 x 876 resolution, while the outer display is 600 x 800 with a 4:3 aspect ratio.
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. Moto has been pretty hot on updating its phones in the past, so we’re hopeful this is the case here too.
At least, for now, the Android 9 operating system is presented as intended without the clutter of a custom UI to get in the way.
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.”
The phone weighs 205g overall and has folded dimensions of 72 x 94 x 14m. 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 to help keep your data safe.
There’s no waterproofing certification here, but Moto says it’s splash proof with a water resistant nano-coating that’ll guard against “sweat, spills and splashes.”
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Motorola Razr 2019 release date
The Motorola Razr 2019 will go on sale on January 9 in the United States for a price befitting the new technology on show, which has been years in the making. Pre-orders begin on Boxing Day (December 26) on the Verizon network, but Moto didn’t reveal if and when it’ll go on sale in the UK, so we’ll have to keep you posted on that front.
The confirmation comes after a September report from Cnet claimed that Motorola had initially intended to unveil the Razr in the summer.
It certainly wouldn’t be the only foldable to experience delays. The Samsung Galaxy Fold was infamously flawed upon initial release and only resurfaced (in revised form) about six months later, while the Huawei Mate X is due to launch in China in mid-November, several months later than scheduled. We’re expecting the folding Surface Duo to ship at some point in 2020 too.
Let’s hope that Motorola has used its time wisely to ensure that the Razr has got the design right first-time.
Motorola Razr 2019 price
Unfortunately, the previous rumours were correct. The pre-order price for the handset is $1,499 (around £1,165). Naturally, as there’s no confirmation of a UK launch yet, we don’t have an official price from Moto
We fully expect the UK to be one of markets the phone becomes available in, so we’ll keep you posted and bring you news as soon as it breaks.
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 Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei 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 Moto Razr (2019) camera and the rest of the features at the earliest convenience. We’ll keep you posted.