WORTH THE BIG SPEND? 5 things you need to know about the new Motorola Razr
You would have to go back 15 years in time, precisely July 2004. When Legendary Britney and Usher are battling it out at the top of the charts, with the greatest of all time Roger Federer haven just claimed another Wimbledon title, and the biggest headline Motorola is about to become the undisputed champion of the mobile world with the launch of an iconic Motorola Razr.
Remember when motorola was the talk of the town? Wherever you looked, there it was, a real beauty to behold. It was in every pocket, on every coffee table, on the cover of every magazine – and then, it wasn’t.
As the good old saying goes, nothing lasts forever, the eventual rise to prominence of versatile touchscreen phones left the Razr staring down the barrel of an iPhone-shaped gun. Now, some people might say it’s better to have loved and lost, but thankfully none of those people work at Motorola. If they did, we might never have gotten the all-new Razr, which manages to successfully pay tribute to its predecessor while yanking Moto’s beloved blower into the future. Although we’ve yet to get our hands on the smartphone, the new Razr looks to be a perfect reimagining of an absolute classic. But before you get all excited, Here’s everything you need to know. Motorola, which was acquired by PC maker Lenovo near the end of 2014, says a cross-functional team of engineers from both Motorola and Lenovo was created back in 2015 to start researching what was technically possible with a folding phone. The original idea wasn’t to bring back the Razr, but after seeing other flexible display designs, the team determined that clamshell was the way to go. This new Razr looks sleek like the original one, with the exception of what appears to be a bulky chin at the bottom, which houses a fingerprint sensor. The phone is constructed of stainless steel and Gorilla Glass. There are three tactile buttons: power, volume up, volume down. There’s no audio jack, but Motorola says a USB-C to headphone adapter will be included in the box the phone ships in. When unfolded, the Razr is slim—6.9 millimeters thin, about the thickness of an old iPhone 6. Naturally, it’s thicker when folded. But even at a folded 14 mm, the Razr is thinner than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold when the latter is folded. When the Razr is closed, you’ll access settings, some basic app functions, and quick interactions on a 2.7-inch touchscreen. When it unfurls itself to the world, the Razr has that 6.2-inch diagonal, flexible display with a 21:9 aspect ratio. The Razr’s camera operability gets a little weird, as we’re learning is the case with folding devices. When the Razr is closed, you can use the 16-megapixel rear camera as a selfie camera through this 2.7-inch “Quick View” display. When the phone is opened, you can use that same camera as a standard rear camera, and use an interior five-megapixel cam as your selfie camera.
Things Worth Noting:
1) IT HAS A STUNNING FOLDABLE DISPLAY
You’ll be forgiven to wonder how the Razr keeps its classic clamshell design while also cramming in a big ol’ touchscreen. Easy. The folks over at Motorola just added a whopping 6.2in Flex View display that’s capable of folding down completely. The ultra-wide POLED display should make the Razr perfect for binging Netflix on the morning commute, and also means you won’t have to sacrifice any of the now-standard smartphone functionalities you’re used to. Brilliant work.
2) TWO SCREENS
Display Just like the original Razr, the redesign also has an external screen on the front. This time, however, it’ll do more than tell the time and deliver simple notifications. That’s because Motorola has added a 2.7in interactive Quick View display that can be used to make calls, reply to messages, make payments, control media, and take selfies – all without ever opening your phone. Quite an innovation right? But there’s more.
3) Ever heard of A MAGIC HINGE?
The Razer has a rather special Hinge. Motorola is particularly proud of the phone’s hinge—we’re seeing “hinge pride” as a trend here among the manufacturers that have dared to get bendy this year. The company calls it an “industry-first, patent protected zero-gap hinge,” one that lets the new Razr phone close completely, with both sides of the display lying flush with one another. This design is supposedly going to protect the display from debris and dust too, a necessity that Samsung discovered the hard way when the earliest units of its Galaxy Fold failed in the hands of some reviewers thanks to errant particles. Why is that a big deal? Because it means the Razr is still as compact and stylish as ever, which is precisely why we fell in love with it back in 2004. What a brilliant way to come back into the game.
4) IT’S A GENUINE SMARTPHONE
Isn’t that obvious, but it’s worth reiterating that the new Razr isn’t just a nostalgia-fueled cash grab. While there’s no doubt Motorola will be hoping our rose-tinted specs drive sales, the handset has a deluge of features that should make it a solid phone in its own right. Besides the bendy screen, it also packs a 16MP camera with night vision tech and AI enhancements, a 5MP selfie camera, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, a fairly robust Snapdragon 710 Octa-core processor, and an all-day battery with fast-charging capabilities. Other bells and whistles like a fingerprint reader and water-resistant nanocoating round off the package.
5) IT WON’T COME CHEAP
The new Motorola Razr will sell for $1,500. A spokesperson for Motorola said the phone will be available for pre-sale through Verizon next month, and will be in Verizon stores by January 2020. At $1,500, the Razr is not a cheap phone. It’s in line with top-of-the-line (non-folding) flagship phones from Samsung and Apple, though it’s less than the $1,980 Galaxy Fold. The big question is whether people will want to pay $1,500 or more for a phone that has the benefit of being a little more pocketable. Motorola’s foldable approach is notably different from Samsung’s. Where Samsung is trying to convince people they need a phone that can turn into a tablet, Motorola is offering a 6-inch smartphone that halves in size with a snap. Motorola hasn’t revealed an official UK price for the Razr, but it looks like the long-awaited reboot will cost a pretty penny. We already know the phone will retail for $1,500 in the United States. Samsung thinks the melding of smartphones and tablets may be the future, while Motorola is betting that the future, actually, feels a lot more nostalgic than that. So there you have it, do you think the New Motorola razr is worth the big spend? Leave a like and your reactions in the comment section below.