It’s hard to imagine a time where the iPhone didn’t reign supreme, or when the Samsung Galaxy wasn’t as pervasive as it is today, but such a time there was. Prior to both of these models there was one that saw an entire generation lusting over it – it was sleek, light, and often seen in the hand of (then) Hollywood royalty: Paris Hilton.
The Motorola Razr is, by all accounts, the OG foldable device. Back when most mobiles were simply a brick-like design and saw you have to delete text messages after your inbox reached 10, the Motorola Razr was a beacon of hope that mobile devices could be much more – that they could stylish, without compromising functionality. Initially released in 2004 as the Razr V3, the line set off a new trend for super-thin phones and proved so popular that Motorola sold more than 130 million units in four years, according to Bloomberg.
And with our ever-growing penchant for nostalgia, it looks like the Motorola Razr will return to give the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X a new rival.
Industry whispers that Motorola was planning on bringing back the Razr folding phone began as early as May 2016, which then led to the explosive revelation in January 2019 that the phone would return – at the measly price of $1,500 USD. And while there was a delay that had many questioning if the phone would emerge at all, it now has a release date: February 6, with preorders starting on January 26.
The release date comes after the initial deadline of December 26 came and went. Motorola had to change the date due to the demand for the foldable device being higher than originally anticipated. But when you're dealing with an iconic model, one that hits the feels of nostalgia as profoundly as this, could you really be that surprised sales would be high?
The long-rumoured, folding Motorola Razr reboot has now been confirmed by an official Bluetooth certification body listing. As reported by XDA Developers, the listing surfaced on the Launch Studio platform run by the Bluetooth certification body and confirms the folding phone will indeed be called “Motorola Razr” and will feature Bluetooth 5.0 technology.
No official images of the phone have yet to be released, but illustrations of the pliable device originally filed with a Motorola patent, which surfaced back in January. These were then followed-up by some stunning 3D rendered concept images in February and if these are anything to go by, it’s going to be yet another stylish hit on the hands for Motorola.
It’s currently unknown when the folding Motorola Razr will be launched or available to the masses, however the maker has confirmed that it has “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market.” Given that Samsung and Huawei are due to launch their respective foldable phones within the next six months, it seems plausible that the Razr will come sometime within that period.
A recent report suggests that the Motorola Razr will be available in two options: one featuring a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-a-chip coupled with 4GB of RAM and 54GB of storage, and the other upgrading the Ram and storage to 6GB and 128GB respectively.
It’s unknown whether the Motorola Razr will have 5G or not. Some rumours speculate that it will deliver two creens, one with a 6.2-inch OLED panel and a second 600 x 800 resolution display that is unknown in terms of size.
While all we can do is wait for more information and a (hopefully soon) launch date, the Motorola Razr is shaping up to be one nostalgic dose of style and function.
With preorders beginning from January 26, they will be available exclusively at Verizon and Motorola's website. The phone will be available in stores starting on February 6, however it's difficult to grasp just how quickly this kind of model will sell out. If the hype around the device is to be believed, it may even impact the ease of acquisition, leading some to believe you might not be able to just walk in and buy one on release date.