Motorola Razr flip phone may be relaunched as a pricey smartphone
Only a limited number of the popular 2004 phone model will be made.
Do you miss being able to dramatically shut your flip phone after an angry phone call? Those in the US could bring back the sass of the early-2000s next month, when Lenovo releases its updated Motorola Razr mobile phone.
Lenovo is reportedly planning to release an updated version of the 2004 phone with a foldable display as soon as February.
According to a Wall Street Journal report, the new Motorola Razr will cost about US$1,500 (S$2,031), more than double the US$600 price tag of the original 2004 model, which was considered pricey at the time.
The 2019 model is the result of an exclusive partnership between Lenovo – Motorola’s parent company – and Verizon.
Only 200,000 units of the new Razr will be made.
The new Razr phone is likely to have a display that bends at the middle with a hinge to allow it to fully close but not crease, said The Journal, citing a 2017 patent filing.
Nostalgia for the devices of decades past have spurred some unexpected remakes. The Nokia 3310 and Nokia 8110 were re-released in 2017 and 2018, but as stated by The Verge, those devices were meant to be fun, nostalgic novelties, not flagship competitors.
This is not the first time Motorola has attempted to revive the Razr brand. In October 2011, Motorola launched the Droid Razr, a line of Android smartphones. While the new Razr line shared the trademark thinness and stylised tapered corners with the original, it did not bring back the clamshell design.
Beginning in 2004, the Razr's four-year run saw Motorola selling more than 130 million units of the flagship V3 model, which became the best-selling clamshell phone in the world to date.