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The Motorola razr Returns With Lenovo’s Help As Flip Phones Are Now Relevant Again

The Motorola razr. Who’d a thunk it?

But while we’re all gaping in shock or disbelief or both, there’s no mistaking it– the iconic flip-phone by Motorola (this time in partnership with Lenovo) is making a return to prominence after over 6 years, this time as a proper smartphone.

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The classic Motorola clamshell build will make a return on the new razr, which is designed with stainless steel and 3D Gorilla Glass, which makes it way more durable than its counterparts from over half a decade ago.

Also, in keeping with the latest foldable phone trends à la the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, the razr will utilise a 2.7-inch Quick View OLED display, which allows you to pick up calls, shuffle your music and use Google Assistant without having to flip it open. There’s also an NFC-enabled fingerprint reader at the display’s base which lets you pay digitally really quickly as well.

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Located at the top is a single 16MP camera, which facilitates gesture-enabled selfies as well as a mirror display.

Opening it up reveals not a screen and a keypad, but a sexy 6.2-inch pOLED HD Flex Display, which opens up with a smooth zero-gap hinge, ensuring you don’t get any awkward fold lines when doing so. This slim display gives it a 21:9 aspect ratio, which maximises the screen real estate for all your apps to great effect.

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And like the aforementioned Galaxy Fold, the razr also comes with app continuity, which allows you to seamlessly switch between the cover and main displays when using apps.

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The Motorola razr will run on Android 9 Pie, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, 6GB RAM, 128GB storage. The paltry 2,510mAh battery may put off some, though, considering how many smartphones these days contain more than twice the amount of innate power. Furthermore, the battery is not replaceable, unlike the original Razr.

Regardless, the Motorola razr should still be a must-have for you if you want a nice throwback to a decade ago, or want a change of scenery from the masses of single-screen smartphones that dominate the market these days.

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The Motorola razr will launch sometime in January 2020 in the US (early 2020 for Canada), and will retail for US$1,499.99. Pre-orders (also currently exclusive to the US) will begin from December 26, 2019.

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Availability and pricing in Asia have yet to be announced.

Specifications

Model NameMotorola razr
Operating SystemAndroid 9 Pie
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 710, octa-core, 2.2 GHz
DisplaysMain
Flex View, 6.2-inch foldable pOLED (2142 x 876p), 21:9 aspect ratio (Cinemavision)

External
Quick View, 2.7-inch gOLED (600 x 800p), 4:3 aspect ratio
CamerasRear
16MP (f/1.7) Dual Pixel autofocus (AF)

Front
5MP (f/2.0)
Memory6GB RAM
Storage128GB
Battery2510 mAh, non-removable
DimensionsUnfolded
72 x 172 x 6.9mm

Folded
72 x 94 x 14mm
Weight205g
PriceUS$1,499.99
AvailabilityJanuary 2020


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