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The Motorola Razr is back: Is this the foldable you were waiting for?

A head turning design, foldable display, and ho-hum specs define the all-new Motorola Razr.

Published onNovember 13, 2019

Moto Razr foldable folded sitting in box speaker

Today, Motorola took to stage today to announce the reinvented Motorola Razr. The phone builds on the same design language that made the original Razr V3 an iconic phone. This time around, the new Razr is a foldable flip phone! Read on to find out more details on the new Motorola Razr.

Don’t miss: Motorola Razr hands-on

Let’s talk displays. There are two!

Moto Razr foldable unfolded upright on table

The most eye-catching aspect of the hardware is the industrial design. A sharp contrast to the phone-to-tablet transition that defines the Galaxy Fold, the Razr has been engineered for portability. The phone packs a 6.2-inch foldable pOLED display that folds down into a compact clamshell design. Motorola has managed to keep the phone true to the dimensions of the original design by using a 21:9 aspect ratio on the display.

Elsewhere, you will find a 2.7-inch OLED Quick View display that can be used for glancing at notifications, responding to texts or emails, completing Google Pay transactions, and calling up Google Assistant. Content from the outer display seamlessly transitions to the full size display when you unfold the Razr — an important feature for any foldable.

It’s all about that hinge

Moto Razr foldable folded side 1

The Motorola Razr not only looks like a flip phone from the early 2000s, it acts like one, too. The hinge sits behind the display and allows the 6.2-inch pOLED panel to fold in half. The hinge mechanism Motorola is using does not leave an opening in the folded display, which will keep the screen protected in the folded position as there’s less room for dust and debris to get in.

The hinge moves mechanical elements to both edges of the phone, allowing the display to curve in a bell shape. Apparently, this means the Razr also won’t have a display crease, like we’ve seen on the Galaxy Fold.

Motorola has also brought back a popular feature from the flip phones we all used to love: flipping the phone shut to hang up a call. Motorola really thinks you’ll be enamored with the snap of flipping the phone shut, but you can always turn this feature off if need be.

Decidedly mid-range specs

Moto Razr foldable folded bottom jack and speaker

Powering the Motorola Razr is a somewhat anaemic Snapdragon 710 chipset paired with 6GB of RAM. For a cutting edge smartphone, this is bound to be a bit of a downer. Regardless, combined with Motorola’s clean build of Android, the phone should be reasonably speedy to use. The 2,510mAh battery on the Razr is even smaller than the unit on the much maligned Pixel 4, but the lower-end specs might just help it eke out a full day of use. We’ll just have to wait till we get our hands on a unit to test it out for ourselves.

Read more: The full list of Motorola Razr specs

The phone sports a 16MP camera on the outside edge, and you can use it with the Quick View display for capturing selfies. On the inside is a 5MP shooter that serves as a front-facing camera for video calls or anything else you might want to.

Interestingly, the Razr only supports the eSIM standard. Beyond that though, the Motorola Razr is a fairly standard smartphone with splash resistance (no official IP rating), support for NFC, USB-C, and 15W fast charging. There’s no headphone jack on the Razr, but there is a front-facing fingerprint sensor on the bottom of the phone’s “chin.”

Ugh, Android 9 Pie

Moto Razr foldable unfolded top of screen 2

We’re not saying Android Pie is a bad OS or anything, but it’s a shame Motorola isn’t launching the Razr with Android 10, which has been out for over two months. Lenovo and Motorola’s software update track records are not good, so it may be awhile until the Razr sees a major software update.

Buy it in January 2020

Moto Razr foldable half folded in hand

The phone goes on sale in the US starting January 2020. Unlocked, the phone will cost a steep $1,499, but you can pre-order the phone on Verizon in December where you can get your hands on it for $62.49 a month. Europe gets its hands on the Motorola Razr sometime in December, and the phone will eventually make its way to Latin America, Asia, and Australia.

For more details on the Motorola Razr’s price and release date, head here.

What do you think about the newly resurrected Motorola Razr? Is this the right direction for foldables or do you prefer the tablet-like dimensions of the Galaxy Fold?

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