Motorola RAZR coming back hints Lenovo CEO
One of the most popular handsets in the history of the cellphone, Motorola sold 50 million RAZR flip phones between 2004 and 2006. Anyone who was anyone had to have the device. While there were smartphones around, it wasn't until the next year, when Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced something called the Apple iPhone (you might have heard of it) that the smartphone revolution began in earnest. Intelligent handsets soared in popularity, marking the end of the RAZR.
With the return of the Nokia 8110 at MWC bringing a nostalgic feeling to many, Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing talked today with some of the media in Barcelona. When asked specifically about the possible return of the Motorola RAZR, the executive said, "With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design. So hopefully what you just described (the Motorola Razr brand) will be developed or realized very soon."
Back in May, 2016, Motorola released a video teaser practically drenched in nostalgia. The video showed a typical high school hallway back in 2005 when the RAZR ruled the world. The clip even showed someone snapping a selfie using a mirror hung up on a locker door. Motorola was on the verge of introducing something big at the time that the video was released, and there was speculation that the RAZR was coming back. Days later, Motorola shot down the rumor, but did admit that it was about to transform the mobile landscape. The very next day, the modular Moto Z line was unveiled.
We could be getting ahead of ourselves with the executive's comments, but it was exactly a year ago tomorrow when Yang told CNBC that he wouldn't rule out a return of the Motorola RAZR.