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The Motorola Razr 2019 does an admirable job of reviving an iconic design in a new foldable form factor that defines what it means to stand out – yes, the phone everyone had 15 years ago is now something to make you stand out. But you’re going to pay a price to be an early adopter of this unique foldable phone and – warning – you don’t actually get more screen than on a normal smartphone.

Motorola RAZR

Let's start off with the Motorola 2019 price. Back in January 2019, The Wall Street Journal reported that the revived Razr would cost in the region of $1,500 (£1,170) and that price turned out to be correct. That's not expensive for a foldable phone but it's very high when you consider that the hardware specs of the 2019 Motorola Razr are decidedly mid-range.

The new Razr will initially be available exclusively through Verizon for $1,499.99, or $62.49/month on a 24-month payment plan. Pre-orders open on December 26, 2019, and then the phone will get a release date during January 2020.

In the UK, the 2019 Motorola Razr will be exclusively available on EE, with pre-orders also opening in December. It will also be available in the EU, Latin America, Asia, and Australia. 

While we don't yet know what the SIM-free or contract price will be for Razr in the UK, Motorola has confirmed that the European price will be €1,599 (about £1,360).

The Razr and Fold are stacked with trade-offs when it comes to features and design, and we're here to compare the early highs and lows. I say "early" because Razr review units are still to come, and along with it our usual array of lab tests and observations from living with the device daily.

The Razr 2019 can be handled with one hand when flipped open (as much as any plus-sized smartphone can), but more importantly, when clamped shut it fits in your palm – and your pocket.

Motorola RAZR flipped phone

That small footprint is what makes the Razr special – you’re essentially pulling out an enlarged pager when you want to check notifications or glance at the time, which is much easier than tugging a smartphone out of your pocket or bag dozens of times a day. And there’s no denying that flipping a phone open and snapping it closed (say, to hang up on a call) is just as fun today as it was in the original Razr’s heyday. 

The new Razr can, and will, turn heads, and it is, undeniably, enjoyable to use; but it’s also expensive, costing three times the launch price of the Moto Z4. That price tag reflects the technical challenges involved in making a flip phone work smoothly in 2019 and the inclusion of unconventional parts that you won’t find in conventional smartphones.

Boring is cheap. If you want to be on the edge of style but not specs, the Razr is worth checking out – and at least you won’t have to pay as much as you would for, say, the Samsung Galaxy Fold to experience this markedly different approach to foldable.

Below are the key specs for the new Razr.

  • Main internal folding screen: 21:9 aspect ratio, 2142 x 876 pixels, 6.2-inch POLED (plastic OLED)
  • Front screen: 4:3 aspect ratio, 800 x 600 pixels, 2.7-inch GOLED (glass OLED)
  • 16MP main camera, f/1.7 aperture (no ultra-wide lens or zoom lens)
  • 5MP front-facing camera
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor
  • 6GB RAM
  • 128GB storage
  • 2510mAh battery capacity
  • Android 9
  • 15W TurboPower fast-charge
  • The fingerprint scanner on the front in the bottom 'chin'
  • Speakers also mounted in the front chin
  • One USB-C slot on the bottom of the phone
  • No expandable storage slot
  • No SIM slot (the phone uses eSIM)
  • No headphone jack
  • No wireless charging

Open up the new Motorola Razr and you can see just how the design has changed from the original. According to the patent schematics and rumours from the supply chain, the new Razr will have a foldable OLED display that runs the length of the handset and that's what the leaked images confirm.

While the Razr will still have a hinge, it will be hidden from view by the pliable display whenever you're using the smartphone. When the rebooted smartphone is open, it is expected to have an expansive screen with a widescreen aspect ratio so that you can watch the latest blockbusters without any of those troublesome black bars.


In terms of specifications, it seems the new Motorola Razr will not have anywhere near the same processing grunt as rival foldable phones like the Huawei Mate X and Samsung Galaxy Fold. According to a report from XDA Developers, the new Motorola will employ the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system-on-a-chip coupled with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage. A model with 6GB of RAM and 128GB of storage will also be available, it claims. 

Although this chipset does support Qualcomm's Quick Charge 4+ technology, we don’t yet know what kind of fast charging the Motorola Razr will offer. However, we have heard that Motorola will kit out its bendy blower with a 2,730mAh battery cell.

Motorola RAZR Specifications and Design

That's significantly smaller than the battery in the Mate X and Galaxy Fold. However, the Motorola Razr is a smaller device, so it shouldn't harm the battery life of the handset. We can't believe Motorola would fit its flagship foldable with anything other than all-day battery life, especially given its emphasis on the battery with the recent Moto G7 series.

The latest Motorola Razr spec leaks come from XDA Developers Editor-in-Chief Mishaal Rahman, who on 1 November 2019 tweeted a summary of "basic Motorola Razr specs".

Those specs pretty much align with earlier leaks although the battery size, if correct, is now even smaller, at 2,510mAh.

Our Verdict:
The Motorola Razr 2019 is a bold experiment - not for advanced design, but is doubling down on an old look. Will folks really be charmed enough by a 15-year-old look to try out an expensive phone that’s not much larger than the one they already have? 

In many ways, the new phone inherits the old Razr’s initial reputation as a pricey status symbol - though instead of a fashion flex, the new Razr is a design darling. Yes, it’s a big nostalgia play, but it’s also an innovative new direction that smartphones could follow to break out of the black rectangle convention.

And yet, convention drives down costs, and the unique design in the new Razr comes at a price. It’s hard to tell whether the novel form factor will convince folks to fork over more money for functionality they could largely have at a much lower price tag.

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