Back in November 2019 we were wowed under an exorbitant cloud of nostalgia and early 2000’s reverie when the new Motorola Razr was officially announced. At the time we didn’t know how long we would have to wait for an official release. Luckily, Motorola have put out a press release that it will start shipping in February 2020.
The new Motorola Razr foldable smartphone will be available for pre-order on January 26th and will start shipping February 6th. The company cited high demand for the delay in launch, not any technical issues (like we saw with Samsung’s first foldable). It seems the nostalgia factor is worth a lot of sales for the resurgent company.
This is a clamshell design, of course, folding top to bottom as opposed to the side to side fold we’ve seen from the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X.
This announcement comes just in time to pre-empt the launch of Samsung’s new foldable phone, rumoured to be called the Galazy Z Flip. Recent rumours have pointed to it having two folds – for some reason – rather than another clamshell design. The Galaxy Z Flip is expected to launch alongside the new Galaxy S20 range at the launch event on February 11th.
The Motorola Razr will cost $1500 at launch. This might seem very expensive to many people if you only look at the hardware specs. It has a mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset, 6GB of RAM and a relatively low-end camera configuration. Of course, you’re paying for more than the individual parts with this device. A first-gen foldable device is also going to be more expensive than more traditional form factors, but we can expect these prices to start dropping in 2020 as adoption increases.