One of the most exciting storylines this year is the rumored return of the Motorola RAZR
. The new version of the RAZR is expected to be an Android driven foldable phone that keeps the original's clamshell form factor. We could see a small external screen, and when the device is opened, a larger touchscreen opens without a crease in the middle. At least that what the illustrations show in a Motorola patent
A gentleman by the name of Waqar Khan has released a concept video
(via GSM Arena
) for the Motorola RAZR (2019)
that is based on the illustrations in the patent. The concept shows how video streaming on the full-size screen can be viewed on the smaller external display when the phone is closed. The camera is located under the external screen so it can be a front-facing selfie snapper when the device is closed, and a rear-facing primary camera when the RAZR is opened. The external screen shows notifications in this concept video. The Motorola logo on the back of the phone would probably double as a fingerprint scanner, and different color options are displayed.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the new Motorola RAZR (2019) will be a Verizon exclusive and could command a price tag in the neighborhood of $1,500. A limited number of units are expected to be produced; according to one report, Motorola is going to roll 200,000 RAZR's off the line at first. Still, that could give Motorola $300 million in revenue and provide quite a shot in the arm for the Lenovo unit.
If the Motorola RAZR does rise from the ashes to become a foldable Android phone, it might not look anything like Khan's concept. Still, it is something to dream about. Not too many products can be nostalgic and cutting edge at the same time.