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Moto uses iconic RAZR to tease its next flagship

In a new teaser video, Motorola harkens back the days of the RAZR in order to hype up what's next from the brand.

Published onMay 19, 2016

Lenovo TechWorld kicks off on June 9th, and we’re expecting a number of exciting announcements, including a “pioneering blockbuster” for the Moto line – quoting Lenovo’s own words. Now the Chinese giant has begun officially teasing what’s next for Motorola in a new video.

In the new video teaser we are taken back to a high school from the earlier 2000s, the days when the Motorola RAZR V3 flip phone was king. It’s certainly a fun little throwback, especially for those of us that happened to be in high school around that era. At the very end,  there’s the date 6.09.16, displayed alongside the Moto batwing logo. Using one of its most popular and innovative smartphones ever released is a great way to hype people up for what’s next, but as you’d expect from a teaser, there’s really no hard information here.

Thankfully, the rumor mill helps fill in some holes about what to expect from the next Moto flagship. First off, Motorola is reportedly getting ready to drop the Moto X branding in favor of the name Moto Z. RAZR and Moto Z, coincidence? Probably not. Taking things a step further, the RAZR was one of the thinnest phones of its era, and one of the two Moto Z variants will reportedly be just 5.2mm thick.

According to the rumors, Motorola’s higher-end (and super thin) flagship will be called the Vector Thin, with the mid-range taking on the name Vertex. The Vector Thin is reportedly powered by a Snapdragon 820 with 3 or 4GB RAM, 32GB storage, 5.5-inch QHD display, a 13MP main cam, and a 2600 mAh battery. Meanwhile, the Vertex  is said to feature a 5.5-inch FHD AMOLED display, a 2.4Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 Octa Core SoC, either 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage or 3GB RAM and 32GB storage, and a 16-megapixel rear camera, and a 3500 mAh battery.

Both phones might have different key specs but what they are believed have in common is a special set of connector pins that will allow snap on modules that add on special functionality. Basically that means something somewhat similar to LG G5 and its “friends”, though the snap-on nature means that shuffling out modules will be a much easier and intuitive experience. It remains unseen whether or not a modular feature will really give the Moto Z (if it is really going to be called that) the same kind of success as the RAZR enjoyed, but we can’t help but be intrigued.

What do you think, are you excited to see what’s next from the Moto series?


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