Motorola's foldable Razr might not be the flagship everyone expected

Motorola's foldable Razr might not be the flagship everyone expected
The new Motorola Razr logo

The foldable Motorola Razr was already shaping up to be one very unique device thanks to its foldable display and clamshell form factor. But now, new information obtained by XDA Developers suggests that it won't necessarily be the flagship device everyone expected.

A 6.2-inch foldable display paired with a small secondary screen


As revealed by a previously-unearthed patent, the Motorola Razr will feature a tall display that can be folded in half. This, according to today’s information, will boast a diagonal of 6.2-inches and a resolution of 2142 x 876p, thus resulting in an extremely tall aspect ratio of around 22:9. 

The front display, which will presumably be OLED given its foldable nature, will be paired with a much smaller secondary panel on the outside of the smartphone. Unfortunately, the exact diagonal of this panel remains a mystery at the moment. However, it is claimed that display will boast a 4:3 aspect ratio and a resolution of 800 x 600p.

Other external features are expected to include at least one rear camera and the possibility of a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner contained within the Motorola logo. At the moment, though, there are no details about these elements.

Don't expect flagship performance or crazy amounts of storage


Considering the Motorola Razr’s rumored price tag of around $1500, the assumption was that the premium device would carry Qualcomm’s high-end Snapdragon 855. In order to keep costs down, though, it seems Motorola has actually equipped the smartphone with the Snapdragon 710.

This upper-midrange chipset will reportedly arrive paired with either 64GB or 128GB of internal storage. If consumers opt for the first model, 4GB of RAM should be present. The slightly more expensive variant, on the other hand, looks set to pack a respectable 6GB of RAM.

As with most 2019 devices, Android 9 Pie is to be expected straight out of the box complete with Motorola’s minimal software additions. In regards to battery, it seems as though the Chicago-based brand has equipped the smartphone with a 2,730mAh cell.

In comparison to the Samsung Galaxy Fold (4,380mAh) and Huawei Mate X (4,500mAh), the Motorola Razr’s battery is drastically smaller. However, the device is also much more compact so it’ll remain to be seen what kind of battery life users can get out of the smartphone. In any case, users should expect support for 27W TurboPower fast charging, a feature included on the recently-announced Motorola Moto G7 Plus.

A range of software features centered around the second display


Naturally, the Motorola Razr’s primary focus will be its foldable display. But according to a previous leak, a number of software features that center around the secondary screen will be included.

Through its own software, a handful of pre-installed apps such as Moto Display and Moto Camera will be granted access to the secondary display. This means users should be able to view push notifications, receive weather information, or control media via the panel. The ability to control the camera via the small display is to be expected too.

Via the secondary display, owners should also be able to access a number of Quick Settings tiles. Furthermore, the Google Assistant can be triggered even if the smartphone is closed.

Another interesting feature looks set to be the ability to use the screen as a trackpad – when using apps such as Chrome or Twitter, users should be able to run their finger over the second display to scroll. 

Three color options and limited availability


As has been mentioned in the past, the Motorola Razr is expected to arrive later on this year as a Verizon exclusive. Aside from the choice of storage configuration, consumers should be able to choose between White, Black, and Gold finishes.

On one final note, it’s worth noting that the device might not be widely available. Due to limited demand caused by this being a new technology and the high price associated with it, Motorola is reportedly preparing a production run of just 200,000 units.

Related phones

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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23 Comments

1. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

That's disappointing they're not going with the SD855 to "save costs", even though the price of the phone is $1500. This phone won't exactly be future-proof either, given the screen bends and using a mid-range chipset.

6. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

The Motorola razr isn't meant to be a special monster. This is meant to give you a different experience on a design and technological level. We already have phones with all the specs on Earth yet, we're still bored and the industry is stagnant. To some extent I'm happy with the fact that this phone is CLEARLY trying to disassociate itself from every flagship out there from the get to. BTW, It will do what every phone can. Anyway, if they get the design, concept and pull off the technology to make this work then I'm getting this day one.

11. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

I definitely agree with what you said, but the cost difference between the SD855 and SD710 can't be greater than $100 to effectively change the cost of an already $1500 device. That's my only gripe. I'm still excited to see this device and hope it does well.

21. Babert

Posts: 165; Member since: May 08, 2013

well, part of that decision is because of battery size and power consumption! i hope samsung and other companies follow suit!

22. michaelny2001

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

i think due to cost very few people will actually buy the handset. i am guessing fewer than 10,000. to me that doesn't make snese, but... perhaps a price of $999 would be more appropriate to appeal to the masses, but becasue they're the first to create such a device, the cost must be quite high.

23. Landon

Posts: 1244; Member since: May 07, 2015

If it's not successful, it will drive the price down which would be great for us consumers. It will just take a few months to get it to a decent price point.

2. pimpin83z

Posts: 469; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

For me, since 2013 Motorola phones in general have not been the flagship everyone expected.

8. Bankz

Posts: 2531; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

It's similar to the way the OG Moto x wasn't your typical run of the mill flagship but still had the best experience of any phone at that time, even with seeming 'mediocre' specs and an average but 'ergonomical' design. This will take that experience to a while new level.

9. andrewc31394

Posts: 290; Member since: Jun 23, 2012

I'd say after the Moto X from 2014, that thing was AMAZING

14. pimpin83z

Posts: 469; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

It was very meh to me. I thought I'd like the Droid Maxx because it was pretty much a bigger Droid X, but I was disappointed; especially with them ditching the SD card slot.

3. abhicool

Posts: 49; Member since: Sep 25, 2018

The only good thing about this phone is the....LOGO

4. User123456789

Posts: 817; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

$1500 device that show only 720p videos.

5. ijuanp03

Posts: 568; Member since: Dec 30, 2014

Everyone hates a device they haven't seen lol. How human. Lol

10. geordie8t1

Posts: 287; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

If the huawei mate x is $2600, the samsung fold is $1899, then this device surely is not worth more then $1000 given its limited specs, yes its a different market and has chosen to lull the specs to keep the costs down, but for $1500 it could have included just a BIT more to justify the cost

12. tech_envy

Posts: 4; Member since: Nov 18, 2016

I'm honestly trying to understand the value proposition to this design. Both the Samsung and Huawei folding designs have a large external display that is useful in the closed state. Opening the device adds screen real estate beyond a standard screen format. This is entirely different. In its open state you just have a normal sized screen. Closing it gives you a minuscule screen. I don't get why folding the device makes it better in any way, other than just saving room in your pocket I guess.

13. CEDEOTB

Posts: 391; Member since: Nov 21, 2016

I'm not feeling this design tbh. Why not just be rectangle when you open it? Why does it have to be this awkward looking shape with a curved top and bottom plus a notch. The chin is also too huge.

15. Blazers

Posts: 733; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's the classic razor design. If they changed it, they couldn't call it a razor phone.

20. GoTstan

Posts: 386; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

Oh boy, another chin and forehead inspector. Fyi, they are paying homage to the original razor design with this phone, hence the "chin". Lol, chins, foreheads. I still use a note4, it has about 1/2 inch of both, doesn't bother me the slightest. There's an s9 plus in my household too, so it's not like I'm unfamiliar with the newer designs.

16. threeline

Posts: 311; Member since: Sep 11, 2011

That's a true flip phone alright.

17. odachek

Posts: 117; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

My ideal size change will be 4" (4:3) to a 6.8" (21:9) screen, outwards instead of inwards.

18. monoke

Posts: 1157; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

I can definitely see some oem jumping on this design. Pretty much a cross between the mate x and this razor design. The aspect ratios you've suggested makes the most logical sense. It also kills 2 birds with 1 stone for both that still want compact screen sized phones vs those that want cinema expanded ratios like myself. Great thinking mate!

19. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Why not release a dumb phone just to test the waters?

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