Motorola teases a 'reinvented' Razr phone

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We've previously seen a concept video and a few leaked renders of how Motorola's design for its V3 successor could hinge upon a foldable form factor. The company's Razr V3 went on to become the best selling flip phone with more than 130 million units sold in its heyday, and now Motorola looks forward to reviving that legacy with a potential rival to Samsung's Galaxy Fold, set for an official reveal next month.

The upcoming design would still retain the 'flip' aspect of the phone, meaning that instead of opening/closing like a tablet, the device would fold vertically to fit inside pockets, according to CNET, which reported the invite's details.

"You're going to flip," reads the press invite with a GIF teasing the new Razr (or its hinge at least) appearing from underneath a V3 as its shell peels away, along with a tagline and the official unveiling date. The event is also said to feature "a journey through immersive experiences," and will be starring special guests and musical performers for the pizzazz.

Reported specs of the phone include a 6.2-inch display running on a mid-range Snapdragon 710 SoC, 4GB or 6GB RAM, 64GB or 128GB Storage and a 2,730mAh battery. While it doesn't sound very high end, it may justify for the phone's relatively cheaper (and rumored) $1,500 price tag.

Of course, more details and clarification of these rumors will happen at the official event, which promises the "highly anticipated unveiling of a reinvented icon."

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Squid Surprise

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"While it doesn't sound very high end, it may justify for the phone's relatively cheaper (and rumored) $1,500 price tag."

Really?!?!?!? For $1500, it better be high end! I can get a top of the line iPhone 11 for less!
 

Uncle Al

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Man, that's crazy .... $1,500 for a flip phone. Sound like they are just hoping to cash in on the Retro craze .....
 

p51d007

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NOPE! way too expensive. But, as smartphones started out tiny, gotten bigger, maybe this will be another "trendy" thing and the size will get smaller LOL.
 

Evernessince

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Makes sense the specs are lower, there's less physical space to put components so compromises have to be made.

This doesn't look like it's designed with regular flip phone customers in mind, it looks like it's designed for those who want an extremely compact phone while still retaining a nice screen size and decent specs, no matter the cost. I'm not that big into the specs of other smaller phone's but this device may pack the biggest screen in the smallest form factor to date.

The price of 1st gen folding phones makes them tough sells. In addition, it appears this model has the screen on the inside. In otherwords, you have to open the phone to view the screen. This may only be a second or two but this adds up quickly.
The price of these 1st gen folding
 

Peter Farkas

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I love that it is small and flips. The price is a deal braker but maybe after a few more gens (if this concpet survives) I will hop on it as today's smartphones are waaaaay too big. Also since it is flipping, your screen is better protected than in a simple iphone imho. I see a lot of benefits in this design.
I think this is a good direction Motorola!
 
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I love that it is small and flips. The price is a deal braker but maybe after a few more gens (if this concpet survives) I will hop on it as today's smartphones are waaaaay too big. Also since it is flipping, your screen is better protected than in a simple iphone imho. I see a lot of benefits in this design.
I think this is a good direction Motorola!
I agree, this phone is very expensive and is really only for the wealthy early adopter with money to burn. But it looks like a really sensible bit of design. A nice small phone with a protected screen so no need for silly cases etc that folds out into a full sized display when in use. If it works it will be copied widely and may become a very common sight in a few year time.