Motorola Is About To Bring Back The Flip Phone

A little over a month ago Motorola unveiled the “NEW” Razr, a take on the classic flip phone. We all remember them, many of us having the phaser inspired flip phone of the “future”. Well, the future has arrived, and the changes that have taken place while the iconic phone was being rebirthed are ones that could take over a whole new younger generation of mobile device users. But I have a feeling they are banking on some good old fashioned marketing gold, nostalgia. 

With over four years of working with companies like Lenovo’s research and tech team to get the hinge and foldable display just right, they  wanted to make sure to keep that classic foldable design that we all loved some 14 years ago. 

The first thing you will notice on this new blast from the past is the outside screen. Ah yes, just like the old days of being able to glance down to see who is calling. The new quick view screen is 2.7 inches, fully touch and is the place to casually glance at your notifications or updates. The display is not shabby either with a 600 x 800 resolution. 

Now here is something that is bound to get selfie lovers excited, the main camera is now easier than ever to use with the smaller footprint. Keeping the Razr closed, use the quick view screen as your viewfinder and  you can now place it right in your palm and just press the side button to snap away. The camera is 16mp with an f/1.7 aperture, and electronic stabilization.  

Motorola Razr Detailed Spec list:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 Octa-core chipset
  • 6GB of RAM
  • 128GB of storage
  • Splash-proof with water resistant nanocoating
  • Fingerprint reader
  • 2,510 mAh battery with 15W TurboPower
  • 6.2-inch pOLED main display (21:9, 2,142 x 876)
  • 2.7-inch gOLED Quick View display (4:3, 600×800)
  • Folded size: 72 x 94 x 14mm; Open size: 72 x 172 x 6.9mm
  • 205 grams
  • Bottom speaker
  • 16MP rear camera, f/1.7 with EIS
  • 5MP front-facing camera, f/2.0
  • 802.11ac Wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, NFC
  • eSIM
  • Android 9 Pie
  • Supports Moto Actions

Should I get one?

Now with all that said, this is by far not “The Best” phone when it comes to the guts. Sure it has some amazing features that may top the “cool” list. And yes it may be thinner than an iphone when opened up. But there are some things you should make note of. 

The Razr is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, which is an odd choice since the Sandpiper 855 is the current chipset being used and most likely be superseded by 2020. This choice could be to keep the cost down, but if that is the case…well we will get into the price tag in a second.   The Razr has 6GB of RAM, with 128GB of storage on board. It will come running Android 9 Pie.

As for the “foldable” screen, Motorola is well aware of the troubled releases of other foldable devices:

"We have full confidence in the durability of the Flex View display, and based on our research, it will last for the average lifespan of a smartphone. We acknowledge this is a brand new technology and we are committed to continue improving as the industry evolves. Therefore, we’ve created a world class service package to make sure every Razr customer has an exceptional experience."

When Can I Order A motorola Razr

The Motorola Razr will be available for pre-order on December 26 with orders being fulfilled some time in January 2020. 

Where to get one

Buyers can grab one on pre order from Verizon, or go right to the Motorola website. Motorola has also stated that “select Walmart locations” will carry the new Razr. They have yet to tell us which locations and when. 

Only One US Wireless Carrier

There is only one wireless carrier in the US where you can buy and use the phone — Verizon Wireless.  When buying through Verizon you can sign up for a payment plan of $63 per month for 24 months, or pay full price.

The Cost

This is where I think they are really going on that marketing gold I talked about, nostalgia.   As of now there is only one model of the Razr, it is in Noir black and it’ll cost you $1,500 for 128GB of storage.

Outside the US

In the UK, EE will be the exclusive carrier of the Razr. There has been no exact date or price. Those that are interested, the network has set up a registration page to keep you up to date. 

Canada buyers are gonna have to wait until  “early 2020,” it will come to “select markets across Europe starting in December.” Motorola also says the Razr will be available to our friends in Latin America, Asia and Australia…to be announced.

With the details out, and the release date closing in, it will only be a matter of time to see if coolness and nostalgia can convince buyers to drop $1500. 

As for quality and usability, we have put in a request to Motorola to review their product and give a full honest review. We have not heard back at this time. 

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Mike Blue is The Social Introvert – An introvert with some, and extrovert with many. Mike’s been collecting toys of his childhood and wondering Central Florida for over 35 years. He holds his certification in Plant-Based nutrition, loves exploring the small towns of Florida, and is the most approached unapproachable man on the planet….and he likes that! 

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