If you had a phone in 2004, there's a pretty good chance it was a Motorola RAZR. The iconic phone is the tenth highest selling of all time, and it marked the height of the flip phone era. Now that the technology has caught up, Lenovo (Motorola's parent company) wants to bring it back, and in a big way.
According to the rumors, Lenovo is looking to recreate the old design so that former RAZR users can jump back to the phone like riding a bike. And thanks to modern hardware, it will be much more powerful. We are talking Android, an OLED display, USB Type C connector, fast charging, and much more. All this while still remaining true to its predecessor's flip design. The 2019 Motorola RAZR may be the push foldable phones need to get the market going.
Motorola is recreating the iconic RAZR with modern-day hardware. It's now a full-screen clamshell design, made possible by a foldable OLED panel. It will use the flagship-lite Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and will include a secondary display for interactions when the phone is flipped closed.
The Motorola RAZR is rumored to be announced on November 13, 2019. The event will take place in downtown Los Angeles. There are currently no indications as to when preorders will open or when it will be released, although it appears Motorola will release the phone before the end of the year.
- Release date: Dec. 2019
- Preorder date: Nov. 2019
- Announcement: Nov. 13, 2019
It is rumored that the Motorola RAZR will start with 64 GB of internal storage. There will also be a 128 GB version with more RAM. There is no indication as to whether it will support expandable storage via a microSD card.
- Storage available: 64GB, 128 GB
- Expandable storage: no
Price for Everything
When rumors first started for the new RAZR, one of the first leaks to come out was its price. And with the high cost of other foldable smartphones such as the Samsung Galaxy Fold, we are fairly confident its rumored price could prove to be true. The Motorola RAZR is rumored to start at $1,500.
- Price: $1,500
Based on the leaked images, it appears that Lenovo is using a combination of metal, glass, and plastic. It seems the phone uses an OLED panel covered in plastic that can be folded, with a secondary display clad in glass and back cover that is some form of metal (our guess is aluminum). As far as colors, leaks indicate black, white, and gold.
- Frame: metal (likely aluminum), glass
- Finish: black, white, gold
We don't know its dimensions or weight. We also don't know if it will have an official IP rating. According to the Wall Street Journal, it will be exclusive to Verizon. We don't know if there will be a GSM-unlocked version (which works with T-Mobile and AT&T), but I wouldn't dismiss the possibility.
- Height: Unknown
- Width: Unknown
- Depth: Unknown
- Weight: Unknown
- Dust/water resistance: Unknown
- Supported carriers: Verizon
- Infrared blaster: Unknown
We don't know its operating temperature, nonoperating temperature, relative humidity, or operating altitude.
- Operating temp: Unknown
- Nonoperating temp: Unknown
- Relative humidity: Unknown
- Operating altitude: Unknown
As far as software, we do know it will run Android. Although Android 10 has been out for a few months now, there is no rumor indicating it will run the latest version of the operating system. Our best guess is that since Lenovo was hoping to release this phone by the end of 2019's summer, they might have already optimized the software for Android 9 Pie. However, even if this is true, expect a fast pathway to Android 10, which adds official support for foldable devices.
- Version: Android 9 Pie
Motorola's phones usually run a pretty barebones version of Android with a few features and apps that technically make it "not stock." We expect a bit of a heavier skin this time, however, due to the new form factor. If it does come with Android 9 Pie, Motorola will need to add compatibility to the foldable design, which isn't native to that version of Android. It may still appear stock, but will likely be a bit heavier than its Moto G or Z series lineup.
According to XDA, Lenovo has creative plans for how you can use the dual screens. Listed below are some of the rumored features.
- Using the outside display as a trackpad for scrolling through web pages in Chrome when the phone is unfolded.
- Displaying up to six Quick Settings tiles on the external screen when the phone is folded.
- Since there is only one camera (the rear camera), to take selfies when the phone unfolded, you need to turn the phone around, with the screen pointed away from you. To help with this, Lenovo added the ability to tap anywhere on the screen to take the photo, not just the shutter button, as well as letting you zoom with a swipe up. The idea this should make taking pictures easier despite not being able to see the screen.
- You can have Google Assistant animation appear on the outside screen.
- You can use different wallpapers for each display.
- Version: new Motorola skin for foldable
Lenovo is doing its best at replicating the iconic phone, which is currently 10th on the list of best selling phones of all time. It will have a 6.2-inch display that covers the entire inside part of the phone. It has a 2142 x 876 resolution, which results in a 373 ppi. Since it is foldable, it will use an OLED panel for better image quality and improved contrast.
This large display acts as both the numeric keypad and screen and will likely be used to help bring the 2004 phone into the modern era. We expect that most apps and videos will be displayed using the entire screen. However, the phone and messaging app (probably a special mode) will use the halves separately.
There will also be a secondary display on the back cover, just as the predecessor once had. This screen will acts as a lock screen, probably showing information such as notifications, time, date, and events. We don't know much about this display other than it will have a resolution of 800 x 600.
- Screen size: 6.2 inches (main display), Unknown (secondary display)
- Screen resolution: 2142 x 876 pixels (main display), 800 x 600 (secondary display)
- Total pixels: 1,876,392 pixels (main display), 480,000 pixels (secondary display)
- Pixel density: 373 ppi (main display), Unknown (secondary display)
- Screen type: OLED (main display), Unknown (secondary display)
- Notch: yes
- Screen-to-body ratio: Unknown
- Aspect ratio: Unknown
- Minimum brightness: Unknown
- Maximum brightness:Unknown
- Refresh rate: 60 Hz (60 Hz for touch-sensing)
- Color temp: Unknown
- Color gamut: Unknown
Rumors indicate the Motorola RAZR will be one of the first US phones to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 700 series chipset. As the name implies, it set right between the midrange 600 and flagship 800 series, offering flagship-like performance at a lower price.
The Snapdragon 710 includes many of the features you expect from the 800 series, including the Snapdragon X15 LTE model for fast cellular data, support for 802.11ac with MU-MIMO, the ability to playback HDR video up to 4K, and support for Quick Charge 4+ for faster charging.
It sits just below the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in single-core and multi-core scores in GeekBench and shares many of the same architecture found in the Qualcomm Snapdragon 845. And it's paired with either 4 GB or 6 GB of DDR4X RAM.
- Memory: 4 GB or 6 GB RAM
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
- Chip size: 10 nanometer
- CPU frequency:2.2 GHz
- CPU cores: 8 cores
- GPU: Adreno 616
It is rumored to include a 2,730 mAh battery. While this seems low on paper, when you take into account its lower-resolution display and 700 series SoC, it makes sense why Lenovo would opt for a smaller battery. This would keep the thickness down to stay true to the RAZR name. Motorola may include its Turbo Power 27 W charger in the box for fast charging. We don't know if it will support wireless charging.
- Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
- Capacity: 2,786 mAh, 3.85 volts (10.73 watt-hours)
- Wired charging: yes, either TurboPower 27 W
- Wireless charging: Unknown
We can see in the patent's images that it does, in fact, have one camera, housed at the top. While there is speculation that the bottom also has a camera, leaked images indicate this is just the Motorola logo. Therefore, much like the ASUS ZenFone 6, it will use the same camera for the front and back.
For the front camera, it appears you can access it when you close the phone. Using the 800 x 600 resolution display as a viewfinder, you can take selfies or make video calls. For rear shots, you unfold the device.
- Resolution: Unknown
- Sensor size: Unknown
- Aperture: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash: Unknown
- Image stabilization: Unknown
- RAW support: Unknown
- Lens cover: Unknown
- Object detection: Unknown
- Formats: Unknown
We know even less about its video camera performance. All we can do is speculate based on the SoC's limitations, which have been rumored. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 does support up to 4K recording at 30 fps. Slow-motion video capture is limited to 1080p at 240 fps. However, without knowing the lens or sensor used, we can't know the full extent of the camera.
- Resolution: 720p, 1080p, and 4K
- Max frame rate: 30 fps for 720p, 60 fps for 1080p, 30 fps for 4K
- Slow motion: yes, 1080p at 240 fps
- Time-lapse: Unknown
- Photos: Unknown
- Zoom: Unknown
- Flash access: Unknown
- Image stabilization: Unknown
- Object detection: Unknown
- Autofocus: Unknown
- Audio: Unknown
- Formats: H.264
We currently don't know anything about the audio, although it doesn't appear to have a headphone jack.
- 3.5 mm headphone jack: no
- Stereo speakers: Unknown
- Mics: Unknown
- Max speaker volume: Unknown
We don't know if Lenovo will add additional codec support, but the standard codecs supported by Android will be more than enough:
- Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, WMA, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, WAV, FLAC, APE, OGG, MID, M4A, IMY, AC3, EAC3, EAC3-JOC, AC4, Opus
- Video: MKV, MOV, MP4, H.265(HEVC), AVI, WMV, TS, 3GP, FLV, WEBM, HDR10+, AV1
We don't know which sensors will be included, but we can make an educated guess based on other phones produced by the company.
- Sensors: accelerometer, ambient light, color temperature, compass gyroscope, proximity
We don't know what location technologies are included in the Motorola RAZR yet.
- GPS: Unknown
- aGPS: Unknown
- Glonass: Unknown
- BeiDou: Unknown
- Galileo: Unknown
- QZSS: Unknown
Based on its SoC, we know it can support up to 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5). It should include NFC for mobile payments and use nano-SIM, but nether is confirmed. As with all Android flagships, it should use USB Type C for its data port.
- Wi-Fi: 802.11ac MIMO 2x2
- Bluetooth: 5
- NFC: yes
- Cellular: nano SIM
- Port: USB Type C
Currently, we don't know anything about the biometrics used by this device. It appears that the Moto RAZR will not have any biometrics at all, and instead, rely on password, PIN, and gestures. Lenovo could include an insecure version of face unlock, but nothing is confirmed.
- Fingerprint scanner: Unknown
- Face scanner: no
- Iris scanner: no
- Manual authentication: password, PIN, pattern, swipe
We don't know the contents of the box.