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Motorola's first foldable phone Razr finally has a launch date in US

Motorola Razr will soon go on sale, but its stock could be limited initially. Depending on demand it will increase, though.

twitter-logo Shubham Verma   New Delhi     Last Updated: January 23, 2020  | 12:30 IST
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Highlights

  • Motorola Razr was announced last year to take on Galaxy Fold, Mate X
  • Razr costs $1,499 in the US, a little lower than what Galaxy Fold is priced at
  • Razr brings back the clamshell form factor to now pack foldable displays

Motorola Razr, the company's first foldable smartphone, will finally hit the shelves in the US on February 6 after a brief delay. The company has announced that the foldable avatar of the iconic Razr will go up for preorders starting January 26 on Verizon, Walmart, and Motorola US website while the sale starts after 10 days. Motorola Razr 2019 will cost $1,499 (roughly Rs 1.07 lakh) in the US and is deemed direct competition to the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. However, there is no word on when Razr will reach other markets, including India.

Last year, Motorola plunged into making its first foldable smartphone with a dash of nostalgia to take on the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X with the Razr. Razr has been a revered name in the mobile phone industry, owing to its popularity back in 2004. The 2019 version of the phone retains the barely the same dimensions but comes with a major overhaul in the form of a vertical foldable display. It is a rather different approach to foldable displays that have otherwise been fixed horizontally on devices such as Galaxy Fold and Mate X.

Interestingly, Motorola Razr's design has been termed practical in some early hands-on, so much so that Samsung is rumoured to come up with its second foldable smartphone, dubbed Galaxy Z Flip, that will emulate the former's clamshell form factor.

Motorola Razr has a 6.2-inch OLED display that folds inside to give the device the look of a flip phone. The display is hinged from the inside at the dead centre on either side of the smartphone. There's a second display on the outer panel of the Razr that is called the Quick View and will allow responding to notifications, using Google Assistant, opening the camera, and doing some other quick actions without the need for flipping the phone open. It runs Android and has a single 16-megapixel camera that doubles as a selfie snapper when using the Quick View display.

The aforementioned specifications look convincing on paper but what does not is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor. For a $1,499 foldable smartphone, Snapdragon 710 could be a deal-breaker for some, who would rather go for the Samsung Galaxy Fold that costs a little steeper at $1,980. Galaxy Fold packs top of the line specifications, including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor in the US. There are also a total of six cameras on the Galaxy Fold, along with an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor.

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