Motorola’s Razr reboot. (Photo: Motorola)
Motorola officially unveiled its long-anticipated Razr reboot on Wednesday and the popular flip phone from 2004 got a facelift, foldable screen and hefty price tag.
Think of it as a futuristic take on the classic flip phone, but with faults.
The replicated Razr has a similar form to the original, only it looks a little wider. It still fits in your pocket and you can dramatically slam it closed to end a phone call. The keyboard was replaced with a touchscreen and it uses an Android interface.
On the outside of the clamshell design is a second, 2.7-inch glass-covered OLED display that can show your notifications when the phone is closed. Motorola calls it the Quick View display.
“Whatever you see on Quick View magically moves to the larger Flex View display the moment you flip open,” Motorola says. It has an innovate hinge that allows the phone to close without a gap.
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The original Razr flip phone cost around $300, the new one is $1,500. The revamped Razr is more expensive than the iPhone 11 and Samsung’s Galaxy S10, but less expensive than the $2,000 Galaxy Fold.
The screen on the Razr folds without a permanent crease, for now. However, reviewers have said the processor is slow and the sleek design seems to attract a lot of visible fingerprints.
Motorola unveiled the new phone at an L.A. launch party following months of leaks and speculation.
In its heyday, the Razr was thin, and one of the best selling phones, until the iPhone dethroned it. The most popular phones for the past 10 years or so have been rectangular slabs with large screens and rounded corners.
Still, foldable phones may be on the cusp of a renaissance as manufacturers over the past year have increased smartphone offerings that open and close. This strategy comes as consumer interest has tempered over new models – and buyers are upgrading less often.
While chatter surrounding foldable phones is a loud as its ever been, it’s unclear if consumers are willing to shell out $1,500 for a futuristic piece of nostalgia.
The Razr is launching in January of next year.
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