Ever since the hugely-successful relaunch of the Nokia 3310 two years ago, whispers of a Motorola Razr revival have flooded the internet. The rumoured reimagining of the iconic flip phone, which first launched in July 2004, will purportedly combine the same hinge design with cutting-edge folding OLED display technology.
The addition of a foldable display means the new Motorola Razr will compete directly with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy X, and the unnamed dual-folding Xiaomi. Both of these rival phones are tipped to launch at the Mobile World Congress tradeshow.
As we wait for the release of the next-generation Motorola Razr we'll keep this article updated with every whisper, leak or educated guess that we hear. Stay tuned.
Motorola Razr PRICE
Unlike the rebooted Nokia 3310, which sells for £49.95, the Motorola Razr will be a high-end flagship smartphone with a price tag that competes with the latest iPhone models and the forthcoming folding Samsung Galaxy X. According to a report by The Wall Street Journal, the revived Razr will cost in the region of $1,500 ( £1,170).
Motorola Razr RELEASE DATE
Unfortunately, even those willing to cough-up the cash for this nostalgia-tinged smartphone might be unable to get their hands on it.
According to a report from GSM Arena, the new Motorola Razr will be exclusive to US mobile carrier Verizon, with only 200,000 units available. It's currently unclear whether the phone will even make to store shelves outside of the United States.
As for when we'll be able to clap eyes on this long-rumoured foldable phone, most rumours seem to point towards Mobile World Congress (MWC) at the moment.
The tradeshow is scheduled to take place between February 25 - 28, 2019 and will see some of the world's largest consumer technology companies descend on Barcelona to present their latest hardware.
Motorola Razr DESIGN AND FEATURES
Motorola is expected to keep the same industrial design of the original July 2004 Razr V3, albeit with a very modern twist. The schematics of an as-yet unannounced Motorola-branded smartphone, now widely-believed to be the 2019 rebirth of the Motorola Razr, were spotted in a patent filing late last year.
These illustrations have since been transformed into a series of stunning high-resolution renders, as well as a glossy new concept video. Based on both, the new Razr will keep the iconic flip phone design seen on the original handset, as well as the secondary screen on the outside of the casing for notifications.
Open up the new Motorola Razr and you'll be able to see just how much has changed. According to the patent schematics and rumours from the supply chain, the new Razr will have a foldable OLED display that runs the length of the handset.
While the Razr will still have a hinge, it will be hidden from view by the pliable display whenever you're using the smartphone. When the rebooted smartphone is open, it is expected to have an expansive screen with a widescreen aspect ratio so that you can watch the latest blockbusters without any of those troublesome black bars.
Based on the schematics included in the latest patent from Motorola, there will be a single rear-mounted camera, as well as a fingerprint scanner just below it. Motorola recently moved every model in its new Moto G7 range to a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner to increase the size of the display.
Motorola Razr SPECS
In terms of specifications, we know very little about the new Motorola Razr, since everything concrete that we've seen so far has been from the patent office. However, it's safe to assume it won't be Motorola's long-rumoured 5G smartphone.
The new Razr is also likely to boast some seriously beefy specs, given its rumoured $15,500 price point. To compete with the similarly priced iPhone XS Max, Samsung Galaxy S10 and foldable Samsung Galaxy X, Motorola is going to have to kit out its revived Razr with the latest flagship SnapDragon 855 processor from Qualcomm.
Like the latest Android smartphones from the like of Huawei and OnePlus, we'd expect to see at least 6GB of RAM under the bonnet of this flagship – especially since it will be powering two separate displays.
Motorola Razr Concept
Ahead of the launch, designer Waqar Khan has been hard at work building a slick video the forthcoming smartphone based on the latest leaks and rumours.
The short clip, which can be viewed below, gives a pretty good glimpse at what the final product could look like ...
Lead Image Credit: Sarang Sheth