The Motorola razr is delayed, but not for the reason you think

The Motorola razr is delayed, but not for the reason you think
Even though the year is almost through, U.S. consumers are still eagerly waiting to pre-order one last phone before the ball drops in Times Square to signal the start of the new year. And that handset is the Motorola razr. The nostalgia-tinged device is the smartphone version of the razr flip phone that sold 130 million units between 2004-2008. The popularity of the phone led consumers to request a smartphone version of the device. Back in 2016, Motorola got a buzz going by releasing a video teaser showing a high school hallway circa 2005 when everyone just had to have the clamshell flipper.

After several months of speculation, concepts, and leaks, Motorola officially brought back the razr on November 13th with pre-orders scheduled to begin on December 26th. Priced at $1,500 (24 monthly payments of $62.49), the phone is a Verizon exclusive in the states and had a launch date of January 9th. But like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X before it, these initial dates are being pushed back. The new pre-order and launch dates were not announced, and Motorola says that they do not expect that there will be a significant time delay.

Motorola razr delay is due to heavy demand for the device, not because of a faulty build


Unlike the Galaxy Fold launch, which was delayed days before the device was set to be released, the issue with the razr does not appear to have anything to do with problems discovered with its build. Early indications are that the manufacturer simply needs the additional time to build more units to catch up with the heavy demand. Motorola told Gizmodo today in a statement that "Since its announcement in November, the new Motorola razr has received unparalleled excitement and interest from consumers. Demand has been high, and as a result, has quickly outgrown supply predictions. Motorola has decided to adjust razr’s presale and launch timing to better meet consumer demand. We are working to determine the appropriate quantity and schedule to ensure that more consumers have access to razr at launch. We do not anticipate a significant shift from our original availability timeline."


Samsung was forced to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold by approximately five months after influencers peeled off what they thought was a protective film causing the internal display to break. In addition, debris was sucked into the screen through gaps in the hinges causing bulges to appear on the screen. Samsung canceled all pre-orders and went back to the drawing board to fix these issues. The Huawei Mate X was supposed to be released during the summer, but it too was delayed and was finally released last month.

There are some major differences between the foldables produced by Samsung, Huawei, and Motorola. The Galaxy Fold and Mate X are both smartphone size devices that turn into large-screened tablets when opened around the vertical axis. The razr starts out as a pocketable device that opens up along the horizontal axis to become a 6.2-inch thin P-OLED display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and an 876 x 2142 resolution. Unlike the other two foldables, the razr does not feature flagship specs. It is equipped with an external 2.7-inch AMOLED screen with a 600 x 800 resolution that can be used for notifications and will show the time, temperature and other basic information. The Snapdragon 710 chipset is under the hood along with
6GB of memory and 128GB of storage. There is a fingerprint scanner in the chin and a 16MP camera that offers Motorola's Night Vision feature. A 5MP camera is available for selfies. While the 2510mAh capacity battery might have you searching for an outlet at some point during the course of a day, the TurboPower charger will provide "hours of power in just minutes of charging."

Even if this delay is due to the amazing popularity of the razr, foldables could get branded as being unpredictable when it comes to product launches. The next major foldable after the razr will most likely be the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2 which also folds around the horizontal axis like the razr. That phone is expected to be unveiled alongside the new Galaxy S11 line on February 18th and could be released in April.

If you're interested in the Motorola razr, keep checking in. As soon as Motorola releases the new pre-order and release dates we will let you know.

Related phones

razr (2019)
  • Display 6.2" 876 x 2142 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128GB
  • Battery 2510 mAh

FEATURED VIDEO

12 Comments

1. cmdacos

Posts: 4388; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

A company that doesn't want to sell too much of a product? A company that barely sells any phones today? Nah, this is fishy...

21. dimas

Posts: 3446; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I think motorola did not expect to have pre-order volumes for the $1,500 product they offer. Maybe they made only around 5,000 just for the sake of saying it is mass-produced. Foldable displays are still at infancy, unless motorola do some saygus s**t, that's the time we can say rzr is a vaporware.

2. Jason2k13

Posts: 1478; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

Definitely fishy, Motorola can easily sell what’s in stock and make more batch after. Why would a company disappoint their customers by delaying the 1st batch, because apparently there product was too much in demand???

12. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

SO... when companies like Samsung release a half-baked product but end up being a flop and they have to redo it people complain. When a company pumps the brakes for whatever reason they want to pump the brakes for to make sure the product that hits the market is better people complain.

15. Jason2k13

Posts: 1478; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

My post is not about complaining for any company to make their products perfect at first launch. It's Wether Motorola is telling the truth about why its been delayed due to high demand or they are trying to fix a problem, and don't want the public to know about it. You obviously have no idea what I'm trying to say in my original post do you?

16. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

I know exactly what you trying to say stop acting like it's rocket science. But the simple fact is who cares so what if they are lying they can do what they want it's their business if they found a flaw and want to pump the brakes and fix it so what. If they're telling the truth so what. Why would you possibly care if they are telling the truth or not?

17. Jason2k13

Posts: 1478; Member since: Mar 28, 2013

You still don't know what I'm talking about, so I'll make it easier for you since maybe English is your 2nd language. 1.No where in my comment states that I care about this company and their business policy. 2. This is a tech blog website, where everyone is free to comment what ever they want. 3. Learn to stick to the topic and talk about the article. You sound like an autistic kid who take things too personally. 4. This company does not care about you or me, so no need to be defensive when a company is questioned or criticised.

18. ph00ny

Posts: 2075; Member since: May 26, 2011

When did they actually release the fold? When the issues were being found, it still hasn't released its batch of pre-orders. As for motorola delaying their launch due to demand sounds weird to me as well since they can release what they have and continue to feed the supply to meet demand instead of delaying the initial launch all together

13. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

This is a company that released 2 awesome flagship phones that failed, so they scaled down a little bit and those didn’t do so well, so they focused on budget phones to make up the losses. They have money now, and now they’re trying to bring back special flagship phones, but this one is their test device, so they don’t want to create too much stock to never sell, which is why they ran out. Nothing fishy about Motorola, a company that is still out of the US. The US is fishy, but politics is not what we talk about on here.

3. pt020

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 08, 2014

My next phone.

11. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 114; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

Seems reasonable to me. Exactly what is the downside of a delay? None. The upsides however...

14. LiveFaith

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Gotta admit, it's the sweetest FF that's hit in quite some time. I hope Moto makes coin on this.

Latest Stories

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use only. You can order presentation-ready copies for distribution to your colleagues, clients or customers at https://www.parsintl.com/phonearena or use the Reprints & Permissions tool that appears at the bottom of each web page. Visit https://www.parsintl.com/ for samples and additional information.
FCC OKs Cingular's purchase of AT&T Wireless