First Motorola Razr hands-on image leaks alongside press images


UPDATE: The first hands-on image of Motorola's first foldable smartphone has leaked. The updated story complete with a gallery of press photos continues below.

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It's not very often these days that people get excited about new Motorola phones, but the upcoming foldable Razr is undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated devices of 2019. And today, with less than two weeks to go until the smartphone's global debut, the first official-looking press images have leaked.

The new Motorola Razr looks a lot like the 2004 RAZR V3


The leaked press photo above, which arrives courtesy of Evan Blass, showcases the next-generation Motorola Razr in all its glory. The angle at which the product is folded and the way it's being held in the shot does limit what's on view but, fortunately for us, the folks over at MobielKopen have obtained even more press photos. Additionally, Motorola sent PCMag an invite which further corroborates the final design.

At first glance, the foldable smartphone looks virtually identical to the RAZR V3 that Motorola debuted fifteen years ago way back in 2004. But upon further inspection, it's clear some important modifications have been made. The trademark chin, for example, now appears to be a little smaller and houses an important feature that'll ensure the phone meets 2019 security standards – a fingerprint scanner. 

This setup is accompanied by a 6.2-inch flexible OLED display that can be folded in half with the help of a redesigned hinge. As suspected, the new screen now extends all the way from the bottom and features a wide notch towards the top which houses the in-ear speaker and a variety of other sensors. Don't, however, expect to find a 3D facial recognition system like the one used on Google's Pixel 4 or Apple's iPhone 11.

Also part of the package is a 2.7-inch secondary display that shows interesting bits of information such as the time, date, weather, and notifications. Rumors suggest it can also be used in combination with the Night Mode-supporting single rear camera that's unfortunately not been detailed. Nevertheless, Motorola seems to be a fan of 48-megapixel sensors this year so perhaps it'll include one on the Razr.

Motorola's Razr might not be a flagship like Samsung's Galaxy Fold


Although the official spec sheet is yet to leak, early reports indicate the smartphone will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 710. This chipset was introduced in mid-2018 and has since been succeeded by the newer Snapdragon 730, but it should still provide a fairly decent level of performance. For reference, it has been used in the past to power the Nokia 8.1, Xiaomi Mi 9 Lite, and HTC U19e.

Joining the processor may be 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage as standard. If that isn't enough, though, a version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage is reportedly in development. Completing the internal configuration is reportedly a 2,730mAh battery that'll probably provide questionable battery life results. On the upside, support for some sort of fast charging technology is to be expected.


Regarding the official announcement, Motorola recently sent out invites to an event on Wednesday, November 13. The company promises to unveil a 'long awaited and reinvented icon.' As for the phone's official release, it's largely expected to take place before Christmas, albeit in limited quantities and in a small number of markets. In the US, the Motorola Razr should be available unlocked or via Verizon with a price tag in the region of $1,500. It'll, therefore, cost noticeably more than standard premium devices but significantly undercut Samsung's Galaxy Fold which costs $1,980.

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razr (2019)
  • Display 6.2 inches
    2142 x 876 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera)
    5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, 6GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2510 mAh
  • OS Android 9.0 Pie

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40 Comments

42. pt020

Posts: 188; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

My Next phone.

41. Budhainthemood

Posts: 104; Member since: Mar 03, 2018

Pff, it looks good on paper, BUT! The idea of a foldable phone was cool 10 years ago. Nowadays it's just...gimmicky and not practical. This new Razr - no, case, soft and easy to scratch screen and actually no much bigger screen, than an iPhone or a Samsung, with the difference, that you can actually put a protector and a case on any iPhone or other phone.

40. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 194; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Still a niche product until they come out with some type of a special foldable glass material. Let’s see how this looks in person.

35. XP007

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 21, 2019

So far this phone has the best implementation of folding screens but this phone will have the same problem because the folding screen still not strong enough for daily use.

33. whoever81 unregistered

A super expensive foldable notch. That's what was missing in my life.

31. tokuzumi

Posts: 2021; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

I hope this does well enough for Moto to make another generation. I'll wait until this goes down in price. $1500 is way too much money for a phone.

30. izim1

Posts: 1620; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

I love how phonearena commentors love talking about "specs" as if watching videos and surfing the net(the only thing 99% of you here, do on your phones) requires any sort of special high end specs. Classic.

36. matistight

Posts: 1061; Member since: May 13, 2009

It really does nowadays. I mean just using PA without an adblocker requires 8GB+ of RAM haha

29. surethom

Posts: 1768; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Now that s a nice design & the perfect use of a foldable screen.

26. dimas

Posts: 3461; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I'm hoping it will get a decent camera and bigger battery than what is rumored. I used moto rzr before and this might be a game changer to the phones that keep getting bigger.

25. joey18

Posts: 694; Member since: Jul 20, 2010

will get the price goes down

22. LiveFaith

Posts: 522; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Oh my. This looks very attractive. A tiny pocketable device with a large screen when opened. Will be interesting to see how Moto implements daily usage on this. But she sure is a looker. Yes, this is definitely this first approach for this FF. And the RAZR cues still look great. I hope they can bring this at a reasonable price and gain some serious sales steam. That will open the floodgates for everyone else to attempt.

21. Vancetastic

Posts: 1948; Member since: May 17, 2017

I like it a lot, but a mid-range device for that price had better fetch my beer.

18. cmdacos

Posts: 4411; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Cool, but two things keep me away. It's Motorola It has a unibrow in 2019. It's not 2017 anymore, time to move on.

17. sirohunter

Posts: 228; Member since: Sep 23, 2017

Would TOTALLY rock one of these!!

16. SyCo87

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Whoa.

15. Vogue1985 unregistered

Beautiful

13. Dekero

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 31, 2019

Why would you build a flagship phone with such an absurd price point.. I dont care if it can do flips on its own... And then equip it with sub par tech that the Newest OnePlus 7t pro or reg 7 pro for that matter can spank with double the ram,twice the onboard storage, and half the price... I'll long forgo fancy flipping phones for a phone that outperforms it at every turn for half the price... Motorola you are really dropping the ball just to say hey we introduced (A TURD) before 4th quarter . Very sad... I used to allow Motorola to impress me at the recent price points... But NOPE I will not be paying $1500 for an outdated turd with a ridiculously underpowered battery.

28. ijuanp03

Posts: 703; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Definitely you are not their market.

12. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

$1500 and mid-range specs? Maybe I'll pick up the Razr 3 in 2021-- this phone is going to need a few iterations.

34. Brewski

Posts: 739; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

I agree. Unfortunately, if no one buys this first one, there might not be any more after it.

9. JcHnd

Posts: 290; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

It looks beautiful and super nostalgic with those design elements... I would love this to be released also with the original silver brushed color!

8. Landon

Posts: 1249; Member since: May 07, 2015

Best design for a flip phone by far. My only concern is what the material protecting the screen is. If one tried to flip this open using one hand, you'd scratch the plastic pretty easily with your thumb nail.

6. sportsinger75

Posts: 82; Member since: Nov 11, 2011

It's a shame that Motorola in their current state is making this. I wouldn't buy it simply because of their poor software update record.

11. ijuanp03

Posts: 703; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Moto Z3 Play pie update earlier than Samsung's flagships. Lol at poor software update

19. cmdacos

Posts: 4411; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Didn't z3 update come in June? S9 update came much earlier in the year?

24. ijuanp03

Posts: 703; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Moto Z3 play is not Z3. And I am referring to the unlocked version of Z3 Play which most tech websites do not care because it's not in the US.

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 703; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

I like how they kept the design similar to the original instead of just folding a very generic rectangular form factor. I'm guessing the screen isn't exactly a single display and more like 2 displays meeting each other?

4. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2564; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I’m guessing the front lip holds the fingerprint sensor which is very interesting placement. Overall, it looks really good. And I think people who have nostalgia for the old RAZR devices will pick this up. It’s too early to say, but my gut says this will be more successful in sales than the other foldable devices we have seen this year.

14. TBomb

Posts: 1749; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

I believe you are right about the fingerprint sensor placement. I like the idea of it there. I don't know if it will be successful at a "foldable price point" and midrange specs, it's more of a novelty and only hardcore fans will buy it. HOWEVER, if you meant successful in terms of not having issues, i sure hope you are right!! I would love to see a foldable come out without issues. it will solidify that foldables are a real and viable route for OEMs. Best of luck Moto!!!

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