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Flexible display RAZR flip-phones could be introduced with a $1,500 price tag

By Greg S · 13 replies
Jan 16, 2019
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  1. Motorola could be readying a modern version of its iconic Razr flip-phone according to a report from The Wall Street Journal. Unlike the original Motorola Razr, the newer variant could make use of flexible display technology.

    Previously, Motorola was able to sell more than 130 million of its cutting edge series that debuted in 2004 and continued on through 2007 when touchscreens became a standout feature. After a brief break, the Razr branding was resurrected in 2011 for the Droid Razr and Droid Razr Maxx. These Android handsets received mixed reviews and were nowhere near as loved as the original Razr flip-phones.

    Lenovo is aiming to produce 200,000 units of the newest Razr phone. With pricing set at $1,500 and the phone being a Verizon exclusive, this might still be a little optimistic. Maybe there are that many people willing buy a phone just because they had an original Razr V3, but even an iPhone seems not so outrageously priced by comparison.

    For now, there are not any details on what the Motorola's latest Razr phone will look like. Will there be a small display window on the outside of the phone like the original? Maybe that element will be forgone in favor of a single flexible OLED panel that spans the entire inside of the device. Like the original, the phone will likely remain thin unless a giant battery is crammed in.

    The foldable Razr phone might be announced as soon as February. Would anyone actually consider buying a luxury tech piece over a flagship phone that is slightly cheaper?

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  2. ckm88

    ckm88 TS Addict Posts: 165   +119

    Sure, I'll spend 1500 to go back to early 2000 tech! .........
    FPSChris and SantistaUSA like this.
  3. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 401   +464


    May we spend more efforts making smartphone tech innovative and affordable, like most other technologies?
  4. Capaill

    Capaill TS Evangelist Posts: 893   +497

    While I like the concept, the price is too much. Or are we to expect similar crazy prices on all phones with flexible screens? If so, I'll let the early adopters fund the new tech until it becomes more mainstream.
    Cubi Dorf likes this.
  5. petert

    petert TS Evangelist Posts: 359   +157

    are you sure? Two words: Apple fanboys
    People did not think an one grand phone will sell and they were proven wrong ...
  6. gusticles41

    gusticles41 TS Guru Posts: 401   +464

    Considering the best selling iPhone as of this moment is the "budget" XR, yeah...

    Of course people will always gobble up the "best" (aka, most expensive) thing Apple craps out, but since they aren't reporting sales numbers anymore it's pretty clear Apple's going after margin. So we consumers are left with budget phones starting at $750 with no innovative features.
  7. psycros

    psycros TS Evangelist Posts: 2,707   +2,502

    True, but the higher priced models have fallen way short of meeting expectations.
  8. Uncle Al

    Uncle Al TS Evangelist Posts: 5,374   +3,770

    A flip phone for $1,500? Sounds like that companies leadership has flipped out!
  9. kira setsu

    kira setsu TS Addict Posts: 134   +114

    Seems to me this flexible screen tech was released to justify jacked up prices
  10. toooooot

    toooooot TS Evangelist Posts: 810   +398

    Foldable phone? Maybe. Foldable razer for 1500 plus tax? No thank you.
  11. netman

    netman TS Addict Posts: 308   +95

    This will not sell and it it does, it would be temporary until it goes down again.

    You could buy it for $1500 in 2019 and sell it for $15,000 in 2040 as a collector's item!
  12. Cubi Dorf

    Cubi Dorf TS Booster Posts: 144   +51

    Too expensive. I don’t want to look like phone from year 2004 to
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 11,355   +4,988

    10x too much for what it is.
  14. mcborge

    mcborge TS Guru Posts: 576   +467

    As much as I loved my old V3i (I still have it somewhere), I would never go back to a flip phone and I would never dream of paying 500 let alone 1500 for a phone no matter what the form factor. Manufacturers seem desparate to bite the hand that feeds them these days with these rediculously inflated prices.

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