The foldable Motorola Razr looks incredible in these leaked renders

The foldable Motorola Razr looks incredible in these leaked renders
The Motorola Razr is one of the most anticipated smartphones of 2019. Recent leaks and reports have suggested that it could be the perfect blend of nostalgia and cutting-edge technology. Now, a bunch of official-looking press renders have leaked essentially confirming this. Although, as the smartphone is yet to be announced officially and the source doesn't have a track record, do take the images with a pinch of salt. 

A blast from the past... And the future


Remember the RAZR V3?

Remember the RAZR V3?

As expected, the Motorola Razr (2019) ditches the physical button layout and small screen found on the original in favor of a modern 6.2-inch display. This stretches from top to bottom thanks to its 22:9 aspect ratio but, due to the smartphone’s unique shape and form factor, the edge-to-edge panel is forced to adopt some rather unique angles. The wide notch that is present above doesn't help with this, either. 

Keeping things in line with 2004’s RAZR V3, the foldable edition sports a huge chin below the display. But rather than laying flush against the display as is common these days, the chin actually represents a rather large bulge which matches the thickness of the Motorola Razr when folded shut. While on the topic of the bulge, it’s worth pointing out that it’s home to a large speaker which, combined with the in-ear alternative, will presumably work as part of a stereo speaker setup.

The Motorola Razr’s display shows no sign of a crease in today’s renders. However, as Samsung and Huawei showed us with their foldable offerings, this certainly isn't a guarantee that one won’t be present on Motorola's device. 

The secondary display could prove extremely useful


Taking a look at the external area, the lower portion of the smartphone isn't anything interesting – it simply houses the Motorola logo. The upper area, on the other hand, is where things start to get interesting.

Although the renders don't clearly show it –  the artificial lighting make its hard to see – the upper portion is expected to house a small secondary display that’ll support a range of unique features through various pre-installed apps such as Moto Display, Moto Actions, and Moto Camera.

Regarding the camera app, it's first worth pointing out that the Motorola Razr doesn’t include a front-facing sensor. This means that selfie fans will have to rely on the secondary display and accompanying camera for the popular functionality.

Like most modern smartphones, the Motorola Razr's camera app will include a button that switches over to selfies. When pressed, what the sensor can see will automatically be displayed on the smaller external screen. In order to actually take the photo, users simply need to tap on the larger display with their fingers. Alternatively, sliding a finger along the display will zoom in or out. It’s also suggested that a timer can be displayed on the exterior screen if necessary. 

The foldable Motorola Razr looks incredible in these leaked renders
In addition to these camera functionalities, rumor has it the Moto Display app will show push notifications and other useful information such as the time and weather on the external screen. Controlling media content through small widgets should be possible too. It's currently unclear what benefits the Moto Actions app will introduce.

Another unrelated feature comes when using the larger screen on the smartphone. Apparently, Motorola's software will give users the option of running their finger over the external display in order to scroll through webpages or certain apps.

Premium design but mostly mid-range specs


Like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X that precede it, the Motorola Razr was expected to carry one of the latest flagship processors. However, recent findings by XDA Developers have revealed that the device may actually sport the less powerful Snapdragon 710.

Apparently, this chip will be accompanied by the choice of two internal storage configurations. The first and also cheapest alternative looks set to include 64GB of storage and 4GB of RAM. However, a version with 128GB of storage and 6GB of RAM should also be available for those of you out there looking for a little extra.

The foldable Motorola Razr looks incredible in these leaked renders
Unsurprisingly, the Motorola Razr will likely ship with Android 9 Pie straight out of the box and Motorola's minimal overlay. This will be paired with a small 2,730mAh battery and the company's 27W TurboPower fast charging tech. Ultimately, it'll remain to be seen what the smartphone's battery life is like, but with such a small cell it could struggle a little.

What's inside the box?


From the look of today's renders, the Motorola Razr will ship with a braided USB-C cable and a pair of USB-C headphones that also sport a braided cable. Alongside these elements, the renders show the fast charger that was mentioned above and a 3.5mm headphone jack adapter, suggesting the Motorola Razr won't carry the popular port.

Elsewhere inside the box, the usual instructions manual is to be expected alongside what appears to be a specially-designed stand. It's unclear at this point if it serves any purpose as an accessory, or if it's simply part of the unboxing experience. 

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26 Comments

1. Bankz

Posts: 2486; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Getting this day one. Lawd I want that design. You're not paying for specs here but for the experience, design and R&D. Also looking forward to the infold tech used for the display. The design alone is worth every penny in gold.

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1194; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The only thing that has me worried is the hinge. Take a good look. When folded the screen is always exposed and when opened there appears to be a slight gap between the flexible screen and the body that could easily trap debris. If that really is the final design I see it doing worse than the Fold in durability. That said, this type of foldable phone is what I wanna spend my money on. Really gonna have to wait and see how this one plays out.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6835; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

First of all to say that it's specs are mostly mid range is wrong. Clearly Joshua 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of expandable storage is definitely not mid range. The SD 710 only came out the end of 2018, and it has 8 kyro cores clocked at 2.2 GHz. It's manufacturing process is 10 nm. It supports AI, gigabit LTE, Bluetooth 5, 4k HDR video recording, Vulkan graphics, with a GPU that is fairly close to the SD 835 GPU. If it's using a Full HD+ resolution display, then the SD 710 is overkill for this smartphone. But the SD 710 is also very power efficient, and probably why they only put a smaller battery on this device. Joshua to say it has mainly mid range specs, is wrong on your part.

14. joshuaswingle

Posts: 485; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage is not mid-range on an Android? My brother's Moto G7 has those specs and it costs $299. As for the Snapdragon 710, that's included inside the Nokia 8.1 and Xiaomi Mi 8 SE. These specs simply aren't flagship level. They're becoming increasingly common among mid-range devices.

16. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

You're grossly oversimplifying the specs. It's clearly not a flagship, but comparing the performance to a mid-range device isn't fair given how little is known about the device.

17. troutsy

Posts: 378; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

And to your comment, I'd be thrilled if the Moto g7 did have an sd710 inside

25. domfonusr

Posts: 1070; Member since: Jan 17, 2014

It may be worth pointing out that the iPhone Xs and Xs Max each ship with 4GB of RAM, and each start at 64GB of storage, although they ship with an arguably better processor in the Apple A12 Bionic, and I am sure that some people here will say that such features are in the flagship trajectory. Unless you are saying that the iPhone Xs and Xs Max are not flagship material... it is possible, though, that what is "flagship" for Apple's iOS is not the same as what is "flagship" for Google's Android, but that would require us to admit an inherent double-standard system, would it not? Perhaps Motorola is taking this as an opportunity to compete with Apple in a set of new terms. Besides, Apple's top-of-the-line iPhones start at $999, and go up to $1449, so Motorola is probably going to try to price their RAZR within that range in order to be somewhat competitive, arguing that the internals are, in some sense, similar specs-wise. Personally, I do not find this to be a winning strategy: they are trying to use the new foldable-phone form factor as a lever to get into a closer competition with Apple, and bring in Apple-esque profit margins - but I think that only works for Apple. We will see...

20. Ichimoku

Posts: 130; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

Not a midrange, but upper midrange.

2. dumpster666

Posts: 52; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

i think, i prefer this over fold....if the leak is true.

3. ijuanp03

Posts: 502; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Definitely i prefer this one over any other foldable phones. The display itself is "just" around 6-6.2 inches. think about how compact the phone is when folded. (try imagining an s10 folded into half) Unlike Samsung's implementation that goes to tablet territory. This is how to make phones compact. NOT increasing the display and making phones bigger again and again.

4. cornerofthemoon

Posts: 619; Member since: Apr 20, 2010

Why do I get the feeling this phone will never see the light of day?

24. eausa

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 28, 2019

I'm with you. These are just concept renders. Samsung had the exact same concept as this razr about 5 years back if you google it. I highly doubt they can pull off what Samsung still needs time to fix considering Motorola doesn't even make displays.

5. paulethompsonjr

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 06, 2018

They still won't put a flagship SoC on it. If they use at least an SD821 and utilize the capability of USB 3.0, I'll buy.

13. ptikjp

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 08, 2014

710 performs around the same as 835 more or less and should be more energy efficient than the 821. Look it up

6. LiveFaith

Posts: 363; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

It's really interesting how many people are "on the fence" or "waiting to try" or "excited but unsure @ the two horizontal fold phones on the horizon. Yet, this design seems to create a lot more excitement. Phone+miniTablet vs Pocketble Large screen phone. These are exciting times. Can't wait to try both kinds.

15. TS020

Posts: 18; Member since: Feb 16, 2019

Might be the nostalgia factor with this one? I would LOVE a modern version of a Sony Ericcson Z550i, but that won;t happen unfortunately :(

7. Rager722

Posts: 621; Member since: Jan 30, 2013

Random question: are phonearena and gsmarena the same company?

9. rsiders

Posts: 1886; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Definitely not just read the reviews.

10. joshuaswingle

Posts: 485; Member since: Apr 03, 2018

Haha, I can confirm we are not!

8. scarface21173

Posts: 636; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

If lenovo can nail this phone, there onto something special.

18. technut

Posts: 128; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Best form factor by far. I just hope they offer high spec variants.

19. Vogue1985

Posts: 383; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

This can be the phone that could cause a shake. The specs are good,could better (leaves space for more improvemen). However,I think moto needs to go all out, because whether they like it or not,this phone will be judged as a flagship

22. TBomb

Posts: 1177; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I feel like every phone is judged as a flagship (by the public and horribly trained sales reps) - which isn't fair. However, I'm expecting a price tag for this baby to compare to that of a flagship, and that's just going to hurt it more. YouTube reviewers are going to be all over this phone (especially after the Fold debacle) for the views and will have some comments regarding the SD specs I'm sure.

21. boriqua2000

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

I'd buy this as a secondary phone if the price is right.

23. TBomb

Posts: 1177; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

They needed to put a slower chip in to be more battery efficient. The slim form factor is going to directly impact battery life, so throwing in the most efficient battery usage specs is what Moto had to do.

26. LoftyChip28

Posts: 8; Member since: Jan 24, 2019

My fear is that it will create a fold in the screen just like the galaxy fold. If it doesnt have that problem, count me IN!!!!

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