Motorola reveals the foldable Razr phone: specs, price, and availability

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The new phone may ‘flip’ in a way that resemble its famous predecessors, but the inside is all screen—no physical buttons here—essentially turning it into a regular smartphone when opened. The ultra-wide (21:9), 2142 × 876, 6.2-inch display is said to be slim enough to fit easily into a pocket.

For old-school fans, there’s a “Retro Razr” mode that replicates the original metallic buttons at the bottom of the screen, which is a nice touch.

That isn’t the only screen, though. On the outside of the phone, you’ll find a 2.7-inch second display (800 x 600) that shows notifications, can play music, take selfies, and access Google Assistant. Motorola says content seamlessly transitions between the closed display and the main display.

Specs-wise, the Android 9 Pie-powered Razr features a Snapdragon 710 processor alongside 6GB of RAM and 128GB of non-expandable internal storage. It also has two batteries that Motorola claims gives it an “all-day” battery life, and there’s a 15-watt TurboPower charger included. While a 700-series Snapdragon may seem strange, Motorola says this was used to achieve the long battery life while keeping the phone’s profile slim—6.9mm when open and 14mm when folded.

The main camera comes in the form of a 16MP (Sony IMX517), f/1.7 snapper, while the front one is 5MP, f/2.2. It also has a USB 3.0 Type-C port and a capacitive fingerprint sensor embedded in the power button. You even get a pair of USB-C Razr earbuds.

Pre-orders for the Razr will open on December 26, 2019, and it will be available in the US exclusively on Verizon Wireless. The phone will be available in Verizon and Walmart stores and online on January 9, 2020, for $1,499. While that's cheaper than the Galaxy Fold, it might still be too much for many people.

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MaXtor

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I like it. It looks nice and small, I'd buy it just for the novelty/nostalgia factor if it was a 5th the price. I'm cheap when it comes to phones though as I have a tendency to break them.
 
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Uncle Al

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I'd estimate this one is over priced by a factor of 4x and I doubt it's going to be a hit ... probably dropped after the first year of production if they don't significantly cut the price.
 
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Burty117

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I'd have bought this for my Dad (he loved his original Razr) had the price been at least slightly reasonable. Like £400, at absolute max I'd maybe get it for £500 since the spec's really aren't that great. But £1500?

Absolutely no chance. Real shame and a missed opportunity there.
 
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kira setsu

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I'd estimate this one is over priced by a factor of 4x and I doubt it's going to be a hit ... probably dropped after the first year of production if they don't significantly cut the price.
I have to disagree, the original razr was a legend and this one although priced sky high will probably fly off the shelves.

mainly because its different, it isnt a slab, and after seeing how much cash people drop on other tech a phone that will get attn is a no brainer for those folks. only thing that may hurt it is if its easily breakable, this'll probably end up being the new status phone if it goes right, well status phone for android
 

Capaill

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I don't think I'd be flicking that phone open like a Star Trek communicator. I doubt the hinge or screen would take that much punishment and it's way too expensive to go buy a second one.
 

Danny101

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I like it. Although, I agree with other commenters about price and durability. I would prefer a normal flip phone with Android, so I can use basic apps for work functionalities. Something with a 4.5 in. screen. Why don't we have Android flip phones like that?
 

TheBigT42

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I'm trying to cost justify $1000 - $1500 for my next Main PC build....Damn if I am going to spend that much on a phone! My current Moto was $250.
 
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mctommy

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I have to disagree, the original razr was a legend and this one although priced sky high will probably fly off the shelves.

mainly because its different, it isnt a slab, and after seeing how much cash people drop on other tech a phone that will get attn is a no brainer for those folks. only thing that may hurt it is if its easily breakable, this'll probably end up being the new status phone if it goes right, well status phone for android
You are smoking crack. This phone will flop at this price. If it were 1/2 the launch price, then there is some hope but with an almost 2-year old chip and a single rear camera, it's a very tough sell. This new generation doesn't care for status with a relic (to them, nostalgia to us). $1500 for mid-range spec, no thank you!
 

OortCloud

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I like it too - looks fantastic. Nice and small, but it is too expensive. Surely copycats will take this and copy it for less money in the future?