Motorola Razr new release date and pre-order window confirmed

Cal Jeffrey

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Motorola officially unveiled its long-rumored and teased Razr reboot back in November. At the time, it had pre-orders slated to open on December 26 with the launch coming January 9. However, just days before pre-orders were to start, the company pulled the plug, saying that unexpectedly high demand was forcing it to delay the phone.

Today Motorola announced (via Verizon) that it would be ready to start taking pre-orders for the Razr in just a few days on January 26 in North America. It did not have any information on when customers in other regions could begin ordering. The new Razr will ship on February 6. Motorola, Verizon, and Walmart are the initial purchasing channels.

The Razr revamp brings back the clam-shell nostalgia of the 2004 V3 flip phone. It offers the features of a full-sized smartphone with a form factor that can easily slip into a shirt pocket. The compact design is desirable to many who have watched their phones grow bigger and bigger with each iteration. However, the device is not without its drawbacks.

Smartphones with foldable screens are a new market still in its infancy. Flexing displays have not yet had the time to prove themselves as durable and reliable. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X have both only been on the scene for a matter of months — far too short a time to judge the technology’s longevity. Plus, it goes without mentioning the screen troubles the Fold had right out of the gate.

The other sticking point with the new Razr is its $1,500 MSRP. It is not that Motorola has priced it too high for a foldable. After all, the Mate X and Galaxy Fold retail for $2,400 and $2,000, respectively. As a new technology, the higher costs are understandable.The problem is that it puts the device into a niche market of early adopters, leaving it out of the mainstream. As much as consumers may desire to have a foldable smartphone, very few can justify shelling out $1,500 to $2,400 for one.

That said, the Razr’s design might give it a slight edge over competitors. It comes down to one question: Do consumers want a foldable that offers them an ultra-compact form factor, or do they want one that gives them a fold-out tablet? We will see how Razr does in the coming months.

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umbala

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All these $1500-$2500 phones are going to fail miserably. Every single one of them. I don't get why they even bother trying to market this kind of ridiculous garbage.
 

toooooot

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I like it honestly. But the famous v3m wasnt nowhere close to this expensive. So you are telling me a person who spent the x amount on v3m and fell in love with it will now spill xxx amount for this shiny razor?
Seriously, they should have named it something luxury and offered apple to sell it.
 

Jackwoz

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I like the phone after seeing it on unbox therapy. I would defiantly get one, but no way for that price. Looks like il have to wait 5 years for it to come down in price
 

netman

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If Motorola can turn this phone to also function as your wallet with actual pouches to carry your driver's license, credit cards and paper cash, I might be a customer....!
 

p51d007

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I balk at a phone over 500 bucks. Even if I had all the money in the world, I wouldn't spend
1000-2000 dollars just to be "hip & trendy".
 

PEnnn

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" It's going to set you back about 1,500 bucks,"
Who do they think they are, Apple? Samsung?? Sheesh!!

Screw that. My next smart phone will be 2 generations old and costs less than $500