Lenovo shares a surprising 33 second video about the Motorola RAZR



Forget the Samsung Galaxy Fold, many U.S. consumers have just one foldable device on their mind and that is the yet to be announced Motorola RAZR (2019). That's due to the nostalgia factor. The original RAZR V3 sold 130 million units worldwide just before the smartphone revolution began. Motorola fueled the nostalgic yearning for a new RAZR as far back as 2016 when it released a video that recreated a high school hallway from back in the day. The clip reminded everyone of the pocketability of the device and even showed how selfies were snapped years before the term was coined.

Last month, a series of renders leaked showing the new RAZR and the interesting triangle shaped box that the device will apparently come in. Back in February, we showed you a video that featured a concept version of the RAZR (2019) created by Waqar Khan. According to Engadget, Motorola parent Lenovo showed a 33-second video of the new RAZR to the press at an official event this week. As it turned out, the clip showed the concept version of the phone that was created by Khan spinning, dancing, opening and closing in three different hues (red, blue and silver). Why would Lenovo show a video of a RAZR (2019) concept at an official press event? Because Khan's video resembles the illustrations used in patent filings made by Motorola and most likely has a strong resemblance to the real thing.

Illustration from Motorola patent filing

Illustration from Motorola patent filing


Keep in mind that the RAZR (2019) is not like the Galaxy Fold or even the Huawei Mate X in a few ways. While Samsung's foldable closes inward and Huawei's foldable closes outward, the RAZR opens and closes vertically like the original device. And unlike the early foldables that open into large 7.3-inch and 8-inch tablet-sized screens, the RAZR (2019) is expected to reveal a notched 6.2-inch display when opened. Motorola's foldable is more about having a small device in your pocket that opens to become a phone.

The Motorola RAZR (2019) will under cut the price of both the Galaxy Fold and Mate X


Speaking of specs, that 6.2-inch OLED screen is rumored to carry a resolution of 876 x 2142. The 22:9 aspect ratio makes the screen a bit taller and thinner than the cinematic friendly 21:9 displays found on the Motorola One Vision and on Sony's new line. While the Galaxy Fold and Mate X are powered by the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform and the Kirin 980 SoC respectively, Motorola is trying to keep costs down and will reportedly turn to the Snapdragon 710 chipset. We expect to see the device equipped with 64GB or 128GB of storage with 4GB/6GB of memory included. The rear-mounted fingerprint scanner is expected to feature the iconic Motorola batwings logo (similar to the One Vision), and there could be one or two cameras on the unit. The phone is believed to feature a 2730mAh battery; hopefully, it will support Motorola's Turbo charging capabilities. And surely Motorola will have the foldable pre-installed with Android 9 Pie.

The RAZR (2019) wouldn't be the RAZR without an external display, and while its size isn't known, it is believed to sport a 600 x 800 resolution for an aspect ratio of 4:3. The display will apparently show the time, date and weather along with notifications. It also could double as a trackpad and display up to six customizable Quick Settings icons at all times. The device is expected to undercut the $1,980 Galaxy Fold and $2,600 Mate X and carry a $1,500 price tag. The latest rumors have Motorola producing only 200,000 units of the RAZR (2019), and in the U.S. it could be a Verizon exclusive. We should see the Motorola RAZR released sometime this summer.

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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. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

This is the foldable phone that I'd actually want. Phones are getting way too tall in my opinion.

2. technut

Posts: 130; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Love it. I'm definitely a buyer.

3. OneLove123

Posts: 843; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

They need to get rid of that hideous chin.

6. cmdacos

Posts: 3885; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

And the unibrow

10. bucknassty

Posts: 1311; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

it's cute... got somethin to grip... nawmeen?

12. oldskool50

Posts: 752; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

No! That hideous price!

4. Godlymansean

Posts: 317; Member since: Apr 14, 2017

Yeah chin is a bit rough if you're big on design, but I like the way this looks a lot, and excited to find out more.

5. ahmadkun

Posts: 538; Member since: May 02, 2016

I don’t know if someone feels what feel about this but .. I see no benefits with this implementation.. like what if I folded it? Smaller phone..? And then I still need to unfold it to do must things.. the screen on the outside is way too small if it will be small in the pocket that’s not a problem I can barely feel my iPhone 7 in my pocket .. and the design is not that appealing any way I think the Mate X and the galaxy fold got better implementation for example those can convert to a tablet with big screen and running multiple apps at the same time .. but the hype I have seen about it I’m sure there are people will find it great for them but for me .. it’s a big NO

8. Landon

Posts: 1242; Member since: May 07, 2015

What I like about it is its compactness. I have a Note 5 which is relatively short compared to most phones now and it sticks out of my jean pockets. I can't imagine what it would look like with a OnePlus 7 Pro or a Note 10. Also, try pocketing a Mate X or a Galaxy Fold. It won't be easy. Plus one of the biggest benefits of this phone is flipping it shut once you're done with a call. That's one of the most satisfying actions we can't do with today's phone lol.

9. Bankz

Posts: 2491; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

It was never about the benefits (like the fold and mate) but rather the experience, design, portability and nostalgia. This is for an entirely different audience. It's not your run of the mill spec slab. I'd rather get this than get an average 2019 flagship. The experience >>>>>>>>>>

7. monoke

Posts: 1145; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

This is really awesome. Hopefully the crease is not too noticeable. But this form factor with foldable screen makes a lot of sense.

11. oldskool50

Posts: 752; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

$1500 is still ridiculously expensive. I wonder how much it actually cost to make. All 3 of these OEM's have lost their minds with folding displays. So if a smartphone cost about $400 to make, they want us to believe that the folding display costs $1000 plus? GTFO of here Samsung, Huawei and Motorola. I hope you don't sell a single one, until the price is below $800. There is nothing extra in any of these phones, other than the display folds. I am sure the folding display is a bit more costlier than a standard flat panel. But we already seen what OEM's pay for displays. They pay at most $80 for a display. So I am sure the folding one should be more than maybe double. None of these devices are worth more than $800. I won't ever buy one even when/if they become mainstream. The Razr looks cool. But I'm so tired of OEM's resurrecting old product names. I miss my old Dolce and Gabanna Razr I had and the red one I had on VZW. The Moto Krzr was cool too, but to narrow. Thanks Apple for putting OEM's on this trek where they think they can charge PC prices for a frikkin phone. I got the jack and i won't waste not one penny on one...EVER! Then everyone is complaining about how much Samsung is charging when Huawei is $2600. Wait 3 years later when everyone else has come down and then Apple releases one. It's gonna cost $3000+!!! This is crazy insane. No phone is really even worth $1000 except the Note, which actually has PC-like capabilities. But this other mess is garbage for $1000+.

13. FLOGROWN

Posts: 39; Member since: Oct 25, 2018

No thanks it has Android

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