More than a decade after it was discontinued, Razr is back, but now it’s an Android flexible-screen smartphone that can be folded. Motorola announced today that it is re-selling its iconic flip phone: the 2019 Razr, which maintains the same overall size as its previous model, but replaces the T9 keyboard and LCD with a 6.2-inch collapsible OLED panel and Android 9 Pie, and is expected to ship in January 2020. It costs $1,499.
The new Razr is fundamentally different from the foldable phones we’ve seen so far, not by folding a tablet into a phone size, but by turning a regular-sized smartphone into a smaller, more portable product.
This isn’t the first time Motorola has tried to restore its iconic RAZR brand. A few years ago, Motorola released the Droid RAZR phone, which has a lightweight design but does not fold, and at the time was widely seen as a reminder to customers that its past glory.
But the new Razr is more than just a familiar brand name, it’s the true successor to the original flip phone, and its design was inspired by its 2004 V3: it’s all fully preserved, including the big curved chin at the bottom (now with a more modern fingerprint sensor and USB-C charging port).
As we saw recently from HMD’s efforts to revive classic Nokia hardware, Motorola is also trying to build a modern flagship phone.
The 2019 Razr features a 6.2-inch 21:9 plastic OLED panel that folds diagonally along a horizontal axis. When expanded, it’s like a normal-sized smartphone, and its extra height makes the Android interface and apps more adaptable than tablets, with a Liu Hai for speakers and cameras at the top of the screen, a curved edge at the bottom of the phone, and hasn’t touched the Razr series for too long. It takes a little time to get used to it, but it’ll get used to after a minute or two.
Motorola also has a second 2.7-inch glass-covered OLED display on the outside of the phone, which Motorola calls a “quick view” display. It can display notifications, music controls and even self-timer camera modes to take advantage of better master cameras. Motorola is also working with Google to seamlessly transition the app from the previous display to the main display.
Specifications, the 2019 Razr is equipped with:
Dragon 710 processor
128GB of storage
6.2-inch collapsible pOLED display (2142 x 876)
2.7-inch quick view display (800 x 600)
16-megapixel front camera, f / 1.7 with night shot mode
5 megapixel built-in camera
support for eSIM cards
Android 9 Pie System
Because Samsung and Huawei’s folding screen machines are either delayed or out of the question, there are widespread concerns about the durability of folding displays. But Motorola said it was “confident in the durability of the Flex View display” and claimed its research showed that the two screens would remain available for the average life of the smartphone, with a proprietary coating that would keep the panel from scratching and the internal nano-coat to prevent debris from splashing when it broke. Motorola said the entire display edge was completely surrounded by stainless steel frames to prevent debris from entering, and in particular,” noting that “we don’t go anywhere and say to customers,” consumers should use the phone with caution. “