Motorola Razr's back from the dead with foldable phone display

Motorola's latest Razr is a foldable phone that features a durable hinge and a $1,500 price tag.
Motorola's latest Razr is a foldable phone that features a durable hinge and a $1,500 price tag. (Motorola)
Motorola has resurrected the Razr smartphone with the announcement of a new Android pocket-sized flip phone that opens to a full-length touchscreen.

The original Razr was introduced in 2004 and marketed as a fashion item.

It goes on sale in January for $1,499 only through Verizon to start. Running Android 9 Pie and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, Razr’s main OLED display is 6.2-inches and can be folded in half to make it a pocket-sized flip phone like the original Razr. There’s also a 2.7-inch quick view display.

A rear 16-megapixel camera and a front 5-megapixel camera are included, as well as a 2510 mAh battery. Motorola is offering unlimited high-quality photo storage for free.

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Motorola claims the foldable display will be durable and last for the average lifespan of a smartphone, which is now about two years. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold display had problems when first introduced.

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Working with Lenovo, Motorola said it has created a resilient folding hinge that is actually multiple hinges and sliding plates. An early hands-on reviewer in The Verge said the two parts of the foldable display are flush, which can barely be seen when holding the folded Razr up to the sun.

At $1,500, the Razr comes in as the cheapest foldable on the market, but nearly double some of the top phones from Apple and Samsung. The Galaxy Fold from Samsung sells for $1,980.

“It’s too expensive, with specs that are too weak for the price, especially comparable to the wealth of more powerful phones with better cameras and hardware that are available,” wrote The Verge reviewer Chaim Gartenberg

Even so, Gartenberg said the concept and design are exciting and the Razr “looks and feels like the future of phones.”

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