Verizon's foldable Moto RAZR 2019 leak pegs a holiday release, $1500 price, yet ho-hum specs

Verizon's foldable Moto RAZR 2019 leak pegs a holiday release, $1500 price, yet ho-hum specs
Oh la la, the foldable Motorola RAZR 2019 is coming to Europe, too! A rich scoop received today by the Dutch from LetsGoDigital fleshes out not only the RAZR's release across the Atlantic, but also the price and features of the hotly anticipated RAZR heir remade for the foldable era.

Motorola RAZR 2019 release date


We just previewed all the rumors about it so far a few days ago, and now we will have to add to that treasure trove the actual release date and the confirmed price of the handset. As expected, the Motorola RAZR will be the last of the big three names in foldable phone design - Samsung's Galaxy Fold, Huawei's Mate X being the other two - to be launched. The release date in Europe is scheduled for late December or early January, "shortly after the release in the US," so there is still hope that the RAZR will land in Verizon's portfolio in time for the holiday shopping spree, as it should.

Motorola RAZR 2019 price


Just as expected, the pricing in Europe is set at about 1500 EUR, which will make it the cheapest such foldable phone when announced, unless Xiaomi surprises us in the meantime. The price in Euros usually translates to the same number but in dollars on this side of the pond, thanks to the 20% or so import taxes on electronics in the European Union, so the rumored $1500 tag on Verizon might hold water, after all.

Motorola RAZR 2019 specs and features


Here we arrive at the juiciest bits regarding the design and specs of the new RAZR. Well, those Motorola patent-based 3D renders that graphics designer Sarang Sheth made for the renowned Yanko Design shop turned out to be true. The source claims that they are very near to what the insider told them the RAZR would end up looking like, so take a peek below.


Regardless of whether you fold them inwards or outwards, bending the phones around the vertical axis makes them thick, tall, and uncomfortable to carry around in pockets, and the problem is pretty evident with the Galaxy Fold or the Mate X.

Folding on the shorter, horizontal axis, would have the resulting phone be more compact, and that's why Motorola's new phone is tipped to be exactly what it says on the tin - a true spiritual successor to the RAZR clamshell, but with an invisible hinge on the interior. There exist two rumors about the size of the display when unfurled - 6.5" or 6.2" - but there will also be a small secondary display on the outside for notifications and the like.

Interestingly enough, Motorola will be positioning the bendy handset as a midranger, as it won't carry a flagship processor or a giant battery. That's quite an intriguing concept, as the RAZR will indeed be a midranger compared to the Fold or Mate X which are expected to be decked to the gills with the latest and greatest (and expensive) hardware. Those two will cost about $2000 and $2500, respectively, so an eventual $1500 price tag for the 2019 RAZR may seem like a bargain in the world of foldable phones. 

In the real world, however, that's the price of the highest end 5G phones with the tons of storage, so it will be interesting to see how many customers can Moto attract as early adopters for the RAZR. It will be a sort of a litmus test for the future potential of cheaper foldables that will inevitably arrive after the first wave of top-shelf ones is absorbed. 

Samsung is also rumored to work on a Fold 2 that will bend around the horizontal axis, with a much smaller, 6.7" display compared to what the original Fold has, so it will certainly be following the eventual success of the new RAZR with bated breath.

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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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18 Comments

1. starjammer

Posts: 17; Member since: Jan 08, 2009

While I think the design and execution is beautiful, I do agree at 1500 euros they should be offering flagship specs. I don’t understand their reasoning. Smh.

4. gigicoaste

Posts: 457; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

of course to keep the price lower than competition.. easy!

2. surethom

Posts: 1714; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Nice, very sexy, wonder how they can get the hinge so thin when Samsung cannot?? Guess those 3d renders are no where near accurate??

3. DefinitiveKid

Posts: 264; Member since: May 15, 2013

Damn Motorola, why the midrange specs??

16. matistight

Posts: 996; Member since: May 13, 2009

Probably little room for heat dissipation. Think, the original razrs didn't have to worry about those. It's like how terrible Mercedes G Class's are because of their boxy design, but they want to keep the same design. Could also be money, but yeah, I wish they went with atleast an SD855 but their best phone they sell still has an SD835. They need the money, but also to keep the cost reasonable.

5. thxultra

Posts: 457; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

Going to be interesting to see how long this phone lasts opening and closing it all the time. Looks great but specs are weak for that price.

6. tokuzumi

Posts: 1919; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I like this a lot, but not $1500 worth. Hopefully this device is popular enough for Moto to make a few generations of this device. After a few years, it should go down in price.

7. TheHitman1982

Posts: 97; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

#1 $1500 will kill this phone. Very few people are going to spend that on this especially considering the specs. #2 It doesn't open up flat, its still bent in the center. While that may be a nice design choice for the OG razer, a full screen needs to be flat.

8. oldskool50 unregistered

all these folding phones are just accidents waiting to happen. If folding displays are so expensive, that it is driving the phoen cost to nearly $2000, then we don't need them. I know in general new tech is very expensive at first, but I'm not gonna be a guinea pig for that kinda price. There isn't a smartphone in the world worth more than $800. Today's phones aren't doing anything they haven't been doing in the past 10 years. They are just raising prices because people keep paying it.

9. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1079; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

So smartphones released in 2018/2019 don't do anything more than a Smartphone released in 2008/2009? Is that even remotely accurate?

10. technut

Posts: 205; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

Mid-range specs and lack of qhd resolution are a bit off putting.

12. CDexterWard

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

Assuming the mid-range specs are to keep the device svelte and give some semblance of decent battery life. Going with a SD855 and qhd screen would mean probably a Motorola Phat for a bigger battery, or Motorola Flat (dead in a few hrs).

14. LiveFaith

Posts: 483; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Compromises sounds like. But, my oh my, that phone looks awesome.

15. whatev

Posts: 2316; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

Imagine a mid ranger at 1500$, I guess apple haters won’t complain anymore about apple prices *___*

17. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3147; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Mid range or not, there's nothing I miss more, or satisfying, than that "thunk" sound of slamming a clamshell shut when hanging up on somebody in a fit of rage. Priceless.

18. CDexterWard

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 05, 2018

That "thunk" is where it's at. I still have my old flippers in a drawer and take them out on occasion.

19. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2240; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

This phone is only worthy of a $500 price tag.

20. phljcnth

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It looks good and brings nostalgia, but I don't see the point when smartphones today with the same screen size, if not bigger, can comfortably fit in our pockets. It may only look more compact when it's folded but it's also going to be a bit thicker than bar phones plus some more compromises. It doesn't solve the need for bigger screens. Even without mentioning its price tag, it just folds and that's about it.

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