The iconic Razr flip phone gets a makeover.
Motorola has confirmed its intention to restart the Razr this summer as a touch-screen folding phone, CNET reported, citing sources close to the situation.
Speculation has been building in recent months that Motorola, which belongs to China's technology giant Lenovo, will launch a redesigned Razr phone.
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Motorola has confirmed plans to restart the Razr this summer as a touch-screen phone, CNET reported. In the photo are sketches of a folding device from a Motorola patent
An informed source of Motorola's plans told CNET that the foldable Razr would have a different design than other folding phones currently available on the market.
Samsung's $ 1,980 Galaxy Fold, which debuted earlier this month, includes a 7.3-inch screen at the opening and a 4.6-inch screen at the close.
Meanwhile, Huawei's Mate X, worth $ 2,600, revealed this week at the Mobile World Congress annual conference, features a screen measuring 8 inches diagonally.
The launch of the Galaxy Fold is scheduled for April 26 and the Mate X will be on sale later this year.
A recent Wall Street Journal report claimed that the restarted Razr device could cost $ 1,500.
Dan Dery, vice president of Global Product at Motorola, told Engadget that a folding phone was in preparation for a long time.
The patent featured a folding device that resembles the iconic flip phone (shown), apart from a folding screen inside and another screen on the outside of the device.
The phone's sketches show that it would retain some of the elements of the 2000s Razr, like the big chin at the bottom of the phone, as well as the hinge allowing it to open and close.
"We've been working on foldable media for a long time," said Dery. "And we did a lot of iterations.
He added that the company had "no intention of coming later than everyone else on the market".
Motorola recently filed a patent putting forward a folding device resembling the iconic flip phone, apart from a folding screen inside and another medium sized screen on the outside of the device.
While the Mate X and Galaxy Fold are deploying to become a larger device, the Motorola patent shows that a phone that would be folded would become more compact and portable.
The device sketches show that it would retain some of the familiar elements of the 2000s Razr, like the big chin at the bottom of the phone, as well as the hinge allowing it to open and close .
Dery told Engadget that the company was considering this type of design so that the screen would not be damaged.
A source familiar with Motorola said that the foldable Razr phone would have a different design than other mobile phones currently on the market, such as Huawei's Mate X (photo).
The foldable Razr would also be different from Samsung's Galaxy Fold (photo), launched earlier this month. The device at $ 1,980 unfolds to become a 7.3-inch screen, the size of a tablet
"When you know the thorny issues you will face, you will quickly get something unusable," he said.
However, Dery said the company was also exploring a device with a single screen that folds twice, leaving one-third of the screen visible outside the tablet mode, according to Engadget.
This is unlikely to be Motorola's first collapsible phone because the design is quite complicated, he added.
With a price of $ 1,500, it would cost more than double the Razr of $ 600.
This is not the first time that Motorola is trying to resurrect the Razr name.
In 2011, the company partnered with Verizon to launch the Droid Razr, a smartphone that did not reproduce the original design of the phone, but which has a 4.3-inch screen and claims to be the "thinnest smartphone" of the world ", with a thickness of 7.1 mm.
2004: Motorola launches the Razr V3, the first phone in the Razr range. Its ultra-fine design has allowed the device to be marketed as an ultra high-end phone.
Motorola released the original Razr phone, called the V3, in 2004
2005: Motorola drops the price of V3, making it sell 50 million units by 2006.
2007: Motorola publishes the successor of the V3, called Razr2. It featured a thinner 2mm body and a micro-USB charger that could also be used to connect a headset.
2008: Razr2 sales start to weaken, consumers opting for newer and more flashy models, such as the Apple iPhone, launched a year earlier.
His successor, the Razr3, was finally arrested due to the drop in sales.
2011: Motorola partners with Verizon to launch the Droid Razr, a 4G LTE-compatible smartphone that, according to him, was the "thinnest smartphone ever created".
2019: One begins to speculate that the company plans to launch a collapsible successor to Razr, including patents that suggest that a device might be available this year.