Motorola Razr 2019: Price, release date, specs and all the latest rumours
Motorola Razr 2019: A couple of years Nokia resurrected the 3310 (sort of), Lenovo could be about to do the same with the legendary Motorola Razr flip phone (sort of), which originally hit the market 15 years ago.
Here’s everything we think we know about the 2019 version of the Motorola Razr.
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Motorola Razr 2019 − Release date and price
Citing “people familiar with the matter”, The Wall Street Journal reported in January that the Motorola Razr could make a (-nother) comeback in February, though this plan “isn’t yet final and could change”.
The handset is reportedly still being tested, but could go on sale in the US next month as a Verizon exclusive.
And, as you might expect, the Motorola Razr 2019 is not going to come cheap. According to the WSJ, it will have a starting price of around $1500 (~£1170).
Just for context, Motorola is currently selling the Motorola Razr V3 on Amazon for considerably less than £200.
Motorola Razr 2019 − Design and display
Unsurprisingly, it appears that the Motorola Razr 2019 won’t be the Razr we’re all familiar with. The 2019 version will apparently feature a foldable − and, presumably, touch sensitive − screen.
Back in August, a patent was discovered by Mobielkopen, showing a phone with the same iconic flip-phone form-factor (above). However, rather than combining a screen on one half with a T9 keyboard on the other, the new design features a single touchscreen, which can fold in the middle to fit the phone in your pocket.
An in January, a World Intellectual Property Organization listing was spotted by 91Mobiles, showing a mobile phone that’s recognisable as a Razr handset, albeit with a slightly tweaked design and dual screens (below).
Like the legendary Motorola Razr V3 from all the way back in 2004, the device shown off in the patent is a flip phone that features one external secondary display and another internal primary display.
However, the new Razr’s main display appears to be notched and flexible, stretching almost all the way from top to bottom and folding across the centre. There is, of course, no physical keypad (stop feigning outrage). Beneath the screen is that chunky wedge we’re all so familiar with. It will apparently house the microphone and speakers.
From the outside, the device shown off in the patent looks almost identical to the classic Razr, with a camera sensor and a small secondary display (for quickly checking notifications) both visible.
However, this new concept design pitches the throwback device as the perfect blend of old and new. Designer Sarang Sheth has created Motorola Razr 2019 concept renders (below), based upon the leaks we’ve seen so far − and we seriously like the look of them.
Sheth’s vision features a single-lens camera beneath the display on the outward-facing portion of the folded handset.
Motorola Razr 2019 − Specs and features
Little else is currently known about the 2019 Motorola Razr, but WSJ’s report describes it as a “high-end” phone, and claims that Lenovo plans to manufacture 200,000 units.
For the price quoted above, we 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.
Earlier this month we spent time with the foldable Royole FlexPai, a handset that validates many of our biggest fears about folding smartphones.
“It’s clear the FlexPai has been rushed out to ensure it claims the crown of the world’s first foldable phone,” we wrote in our hands-on. “It’s a shame then, that it’ll likely be remembered for its terrible user experience rather than its genuinely interesting foldable design.”
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Samsung also appears to be planning to launch a foldable smartphone next month, the Samsung Galaxy X, which will reportedly feature one foldable display and one regular display.
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