The flip phone is back, baby! A vastly updated — and very expensive — 2019 Motorola Razr uses a flexible display to make an Android-based smartphone with the same basic design as the iconic handset of 2004.
It’s another option in the growing selection of foldable phones — a formfactor Apple is also considering.
Everything old is new again
The Samsung Galaxy Fold, the first mass-market phone with a flexible display, is a phone that opens into a tablet. The Motorola Razr is a square that opens to a long, thin handset.
The Galaxy Fold drew criticism for getting a crease in the middle of the screen. Motorola’s solution is to not fold the display flat. Instead, the new Razr offers room inside its casing so the screen bends into a curve.
That display is 6.2 inches, with a 2142 by 876 resolution. On the front is a 2.7-inch, 800 by 600 secondary screen for showing notifications.
Samsung is also prepping a second folding device with this same general flip-phone design.
When open, the 2019 Motorola Razr is 6.7 in. by 2.8 in (172mm × 72mm). The thickness is 0.55 in. (14mm).
2019 Motorola Razr: Modest specs but high price
The 2019 Motorola Razr uses a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor, with 6GB of RAM. There’s a 2510mAh battery. Those are mid-range specs, especially as the handset runs Android Pie from last year, not the newest Android 10.
Not that the Razr has a mid-range price. No sir. It’s $1499.99. In the US, it’ll be a Verizon exclusive, with pre-orders starting Dec. 26 and a launch date of Jan. 9, 2020.
Other companies are tinkering with their own designs for phones with flexible screens, including Apple. There’s definitely interest in a foldable iPhone, but it’s not likely to see the light of day before 2021.