Motorola RAZR (2019) still expected to launch this year

Motorola RAZR (2019) still expected to launch this year
The Motorola RAZR (2019) is one of the most anticipated new phones this year. Based on the extremely popular Motorola RAZR clamshell, the device opens up into a full-sized smartphone (either 6.2-inches or 6.5-inches based on the rumors) while folding along the horizontal access. Unlike the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, which transform from a smartphone into a tablet, the RAZR is designed to stay in your pocket until you need a phone. There will be a small external screen for notifications.

Even though the RAZR has a much different footprint that the Galaxy Fold and Mate X, it has apparently caught the same "delay bug" that pushed the launch of the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X back several months. The Motorola RAZR was originally expected to be launched this summer as a Verizon exclusive, but the summer has come and gone with no sight of the phone. But there is good news. According to CNET, a person close to Motorola says that the foldable will be released before the end of this year. A leak we passed along last month hinted that the phone will see the light of day during the upcoming holiday season.

Nostalgia will play an important role in the success of the Motorola RAZR (2019)


Another big difference between the Galaxy Fold, the Mate X and the RAZR is that the latter will not carry flagship type specs. While Sammy's foldable is powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and the Mate X is equipped with the Kirin 990 5G, we could see the Snapdragon 710 Mobile Platform inside Motorola's phone along with 6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. The Galaxy Fold features 12GB of memory and 512GB of storage while the Mate X sports 8GB of memory and 512GB of storage. But this doesn't mean that the RAZR is going to be available for a low price.

With the Galaxy Fold (which was released on American soil today) priced at $1,980 and the Mate X (which will never be released on American soil) tagged at the equivalent of $2,600 USD, the RAZR's rumored $1,500 price tag only seems cheap compared to the other two models. Still, we would expect Motorola's first foldable smartphone to sell extremely well in the states where it has the advantage of stirring up some nostalgic feelings among consumers. The original RAZR flip phone sold over 130 million units over a four year period. And while that might have been the company's highwater mark in the industry, Motorola did subsequently produce the phone that kicked off Androidmania, the Motorola DROID. And while the company has been recently making its bread from low to mid-range Android handsets, it has been slowly preparing to make another run at the high end of the market. Following ZTE's export ban last year, which had the result of blocking the Chinese manufacturer from accessing its U.S. supply chain (sound familiar?), the company lost its position as a top-five U.S. phone vendor and Motorola slid in at number four.


The lower price tag, name recognition, and nostalgia factors could help the RAZR become important to the ultimate success of the niche foldable market in the U.S. Samsung recognizes this and is reportedly working on another foldable phone similar to the RAZR. This device will open up from a square to produce a 6.7-inch display with a small punch-hole selfie snapper. A dual-camera setup faces the rear when the phone is open and the front when it is closed. Right now, the device is being called the Galaxy Fold 2 and is expected to be thinner and more importantly, less expensive.

It might take years for the public to embrace foldable phones due to not only the price tags but also the fragile nature of these devices. As builds improve and prices drop, foldables can join with 5G to give the struggling smartphone market a second wind.

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Razr (2019)
  • Display 6.2" 876 x 2142 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 8 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2730 mAh

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13 Comments

1. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3158; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

If the Razr can answer calls on speakerphone while folded, I’m in like Flynn.

2. Joosty

Posts: 484; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

Whack.

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2459; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

If they can maintain a thin device reminiscent of the RAZR then I think they'll have a winning product. I think that's one of the big obstacles flexible devices have to overcome is being able to package it within a body that can fold down to a thin product.

4. VariableCheapskate

Posts: 177; Member since: May 29, 2019

hopefully its edges are better contained to the body, so you can't possibly peel it off.

6. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2255; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

Pure sucks! Sad attempt to try and generate revenue again. Motorola just end your mobile division.

11. jc.wilcox

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

@CreeDiddy FYI: Motorola sold Mobile division to Lenovo time ago. That's why now is Moto by Lenovo. Motorola is not in mobile's business anymore.

14. aegislash

Posts: 1521; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

Creedaddy, what an ignorant comment.

7. mackan84

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

They should hold on for another year. This tech is not ready at all. Just consumers screaming for something revolutionary...

12. jc.wilcox

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Totally agree with you

8. Neoberry99

Posts: 73; Member since: Jun 30, 2015

Make it like the Axon M it will sell like hot cakes! It don't need to be a flexible just 3 screens total.

10. Vancetastic

Posts: 1617; Member since: May 17, 2017

When these things prove to be durable, I might be in. I love the look (except for the notch...)

13. jc.wilcox

Posts: 14; Member since: Jul 14, 2014

Instead of making risky business attempts like the other folder devices destiny to dead/faulty in short time, Why don't Moto by Lenovo bring out at end of year a Moto Z4 "PRO" or "Force" with a premium CPU and for God's sake ! with no just 4GB of RAM.

15. tokuzumi

Posts: 1936; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

As long as motorola does a good job with this phone, even as a beta device, this will be good enough to launch future generations of the device. I'd love to pick one up once it gets down to the $500-600 price range. I'll let the pioneers shell out the $1500+ for these phones that will be obsolete in 6 months.

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