By right now’s smartphone requirements, the unique Motorola Razr cellphone is primitive. At the time it debuted within the early 2000s, nevertheless, the ultra-thin clamshell cellphone’s metallic construct, electroluminescent keyboard, and lengthy battery life got here near cell phone nirvana. It even gave a satisfying snap once you shut it.
Years later, Motorola tried to revitalize the Razr model by placing the title on a sequence of Android handsets: the Droid Razr, the Droid Razr HD, and the Razr Maxx. These have been, in response to evaluations and our personal recollections, good telephones. Compared to the unique Razr nevertheless, they have been unmemorable.
Now Motorola is bringing again the Razr as soon as once more. And this time, it folds.
The firm introduced the brand new gadget Wednesday at a press occasion in Los Angeles. As first reported in early 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, this new Razr has a versatile show. This permits it to fold closed like an OG Razr, then unfold to grow to be a touchscreen smartphone with a 6.2-inch diagonal. It’s referred to as, merely, the Motorola Razr, and it runs on Google’s Android 9 Pie working system.
Where Samsung is attempting to persuade individuals they want a cellphone that may flip right into a pill, Motorola is providing a 6-inch smartphone that halves in measurement with a snap.
Motorola, which was acquired by PC maker Lenovo near the end of 2014, says a cross-functional team of engineers from both Motorola and Lenovo was created back in 2015 to start researching what was technically possible with a folding phone. The original idea wasn’t to bring back the Razr, but after seeing other flexible display designs, the team determined that clamshell was the way to go. (It’s worth noting that the overall utility of a folding phone is still debatable, though electronics makers insist that these are the future of devices. We shall see!)
This new Razr looks sleek like the original one, with the exception of what appears to be a bulky chin at the bottom, which houses a fingerprint sensor. The phone is constructed of stainless steel and Gorilla Glass. There are three tactile buttons: power, volume up, volume down. There’s no audio jack, but Motorola says a USB-C to headphone adapter will be included in the box the phone ships in.
When unfolded, the Razr is slim—6.9 millimeters thin, about the thickness of an old iPhone 6. Naturally, it’s thicker when folded. But even at a folded 14 mm, the Razr is thinner than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold when the latter is folded.
When the Razr is closed, you’ll access settings, some basic app functions, and quick interactions on a 2.7-inch touchscreen. When it unfurls itself to the world, the Razr has that 6.2-inch diagonal, flexible display with a 21:9 aspect ratio.
The Razr’s camera operability gets a little weird, as we’re learning is the case with folding devices (see: Galaxy Fold and Microsoft’s Surface Duo device, which in its current form doesn’t even have a rear camera). When the Razr is closed, you can use the 16-megapixel rear camera as a selfie camera through this 2.7-inch “Quick View” display. When the phone is opened, you can use that same camera as a standard rear camera, and use an interior five-megapixel cam as your selfie camera.