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Motorola Razr is back as a foldable Android phone!

By Cookie Monster - on 14 Nov 2019, 11:23pm

Motorola Razr is back as a foldable Android phone!

The 2004 Motorola Razr (left) and the 2019 Motorola Razr (right). <br>Image source: The Verge

The iconic Motorola Razr is back as a modern foldable Android smartphone!

Maintaining the signature flip form factor, the Razr replaces the T9 keyboard and LCD screen with a 6.2-inch foldable plastic OLED Flex Display (2,142 x 876 pixels). Unlike Huawei and Samsung, Motorola takes a different approach for its Razr foldable phone.

The 6.2-inch OLED Flex Display folds in half along the horizontal axis, which shields it from scratches and bumps when folded. The entire display is also made with a single cut and its edges are entirely enclosed by the stainless steel frame to prevent debris from getting in. When unfolded, the Razr is completely flush! 

Motorola and Lenovo developed a complicated mechanism of several hinges and sliding plates for the Razr to fold and unfold. While the Mate X and Galaxy Fold have a visible crease, the Razr unfolds to a fully flat panel with no visible or tactile crease. 

When queried about the durability of the Razr, Motorola reportedly said that it has “full confidence in the durability of the Flex Display” and it can “last for the average lifespan of a phone”. In addition, Motorola states that it is not going to go out there and tell “consumers should be cautious of how they use the phone”. Motorola added that the Flex Display has a proprietary coating that is “scuff resistant” and there is an internal nano-coating for splash resistance. 

The 2019 Motorola Razr. <br>Image source: The Verge.

Other specs of the Razr include a 2.7-inch exterior Quick View OLED display (800 x 800 pixels) for notifications and music controls, a 5MP internal camera, a 16MP f/1.7 primary camera with Night Vision mode, a 2,510mAh battery, Snapdragon 710, 6GB RAM, 128GB internal storage space, USB-C, eSIM, Android 9.0 Pie and a fingerprint sensor.

The Razr finds itself in a difficult situation with the US$1,500 price tag. On one hand, it is the most affordable foldable phone in the market. On the other hand, it is more expensive than the flagship phones from Apple, Google or Samsung. Consumers may find it hard to justify spending so much for a foldable phone with midrange specs. 

Pre-orders for the Razr will start on 26 December with the first shipments scheduled in January 2020. There is no word on its availability outside of the U.S.

Source: The Verge