Motorola RAZR to return this year as a foldable phone with a hefty price tag says new report

Motorola RAZR to return this year as a foldable phone with a hefty price tag says new report
Launched in 2004, the Motorola RAZR was the most popular clamshell cellphone ever, selling more than 130 million units over its four years on the market. Even after the Apple iPhone swooped in to usher a new era of touchscreen smartphones, there has been speculation that Motorola would bring back the RAZR. Last February, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing hinted that the device could return, albeit with a foldable screen.

Today, The Wall Street Journal cites those familiar with the situation as saying that the Motorola RAZR is going to return sometime this year as a Verizon exclusive. The new RAZR would be a foldable device and as such, it could carry a price tag of $1,500 according to the report. Last August, illustrations from a Motorola patent revealed a clamshell type phone that when opened, revealed a single display without a crease in the middle.

While the report didn't mention it, we would assume that this would be an Android powered smartphone, which would compete with other foldable smartphones expected to make their debut this year. Among the most notable is the unit expected to be unveiled next month by Samsung, which it briefly displayed in November at its Developer Conference.

Motorola did bring back the RAZR name with 2011's Motorola DROID RAZR. The device was a typical smartphone that was more in line with the company's DROID series than the RAZR.

Motorola, now owned by Chinese manufacturer Lenovo, is desperate for a big hit. Back in 2004, the company was responsible for 27.3% of U.S. mobile phone shipments. By the end of the third quarter of 2018, that figure was down to 5.9%.

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30 Comments

1. LAgurl

Posts: 95; Member since: Dec 05, 2018

my tittz are ready!! motorola razr was the first phone i had the hot pink one!

22. Vogue1985

Posts: 445; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

This is was my 3rd Phone, by far one of the best at looking phone even today is still very sleek and expensive looking. With the mini front screen lol. My was Silver, only thing is it had minimal features, it was very simple.

26. BuffaloSouce unregistered

Don't get too excited, moto have been what it used to be since Lenovo took over

2. bucknassty

Posts: 1325; Member since: Mar 24, 2017

OH MY.... now we are going to get in to throwback phones for profit

3. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

I have been begging for this. I've been wanting a GOOD smart flip phone for some time. All the good ones seem to only release in China

4. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

The Razr was a terrible phone. It had no memory in it to store anything.

7. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

You were terrible as a child. You didn't have any single wisdom to articulate anything. Now how's that for judgement?

11. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Bit upset?

17. andynaija

Posts: 1255; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Bit bothered?

19. _deeuk

Posts: 48; Member since: Nov 06, 2018

Jeeze relax a little!

23. Vogue1985

Posts: 445; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Have a lollipop already :-) lol. If you wanted a ton of tech and features you would have asked the Nokia version (But they were way more expensive and didn't look as nice Plus Motorola's Marketing was flaswless). Yes the battery life was average (bad it battery was Very small, no fancy games lol, tiny screen). But it was strong and reliable, flip flip flip open lol.

24. Vogue1985

Posts: 445; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I didn't think it even had an SD card. did. It?

27. BuffaloSouce unregistered

It's called a SD card...

5. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

2019 the year of interesting designs. My bodys ready

13. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

But the Razr was a terrible phone. It had no memory in it to store anything

6. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Razr was a very good phone in its day. I dont see it selling good at that price.

14. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

How? Razr was a terrible phone. It had no memory in it to store anything

15. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

how many times are you going to post that exact same comment. The RAZR was out in 2004 how much memory did you really need? and what were you storing other than photos and videos? which took up next to no space back then.

21. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Exactly....

28. BLUEBLASTER

Posts: 926; Member since: Feb 23, 2014

Nice you see you didn't have the phone. It had 5.5mb internal with no expandable. You couldn't store anything. You made me laugh when you said videos. You know nothing. Terrible phone.

30. southernzombie

Posts: 355; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Yeah I had one. One of my favorite phones ever. Never had any issues with storage on it. You don't have a clue what you are talking about so please excuse yourself from this conversation

20. sissy246

Posts: 7066; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Back when we had the razr flip phones we didn't do anything but make calls. We never had any trouble with them, always had geat call reception,

8. gjkiii

Posts: 38; Member since: Oct 25, 2013

$1500?...uh....no

9. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1817; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

Give me all the fold-a-phones!

10. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Someday companies will learn that you can’t recapture past glories by rehashing a famous name and attach it to a substandard product. If the product sucks you lose the product and the name. Car companies are the worst offenders and they do it time and again. To wit: Dodge brought back the Dart moniker but pasted it on a POS econobox. Pontiac did the same with the hallowed GTO name on a Holden Commodore. Ford brought back the Taurus name to a Ford 500 that seemed nailed down to showroom floors. All were miserable failures and if Lenovo thinks this new foldable phone will evoke fond memories, they’ll quickly see the eroor of their ways when paramedics are constantly called to Verizon stores to treat stroke victims when they learn the price.

12. michaelny2001

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

actually what they want to do is quite smart. they can do a 9 inch foldable phone in a small frame. wouldnt that be great? samsung and others are doing it like a book, RAZR will fold the long way. still if executed properly wouldnt it be great to watch a movie or play a game on a large 8-9 inch screen but still carry it in your pocket? i think YES.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3122; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

A 9” foldable by definition is not a small frame.

18. michaelny2001

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

lol i thought it was understood that it's 9 inch when flipped and about 5 when closed, making it a smaller froma than we have currently.

29. troutsy

Posts: 382; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy that these type of devices will fail though. The display will require more battery power while folding the device in half will make it thicker than a normal phone. Phone companies generally shrink the battery to make the phone thinner. I'm really tempering my expectations for any device out of this class.

25. Vogue1985

Posts: 445; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Sounds good, but fitting all that together into a tiny frame like that. It will be well expensive but I think there is a market for this kind of phone but at not going to be 150 million sold.

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