The nostalgia-filled clamshell phone, the Motorola RAZR, has once again sprung to life, and this time, it comes with a foldable screen, which is a newly developing trend in the premium segment following the launch of Samsung Galaxy Fold and HUAWEI Mate X.
However, unlike the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X that unfold side to side akin to a book the Motorola RAZR 2019 opens vertically from the bottom to the top. So when it unfolds, it acquires the size of a proper modern-day smartphone and doesn’t offer an expansive tablet-like screen similar to the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X.
Look-wise, the Motorola RAZR 2019 is compact like the old RAZR phone when folded. It retains the signature chin at the bottom housing a fingerprint scanner (there is no face unlock feature), speakers, and antenna bands. Below the chin, the bottom of the phone sports a USB Type-C port. The traditional 3.5mm audio jack has been done away with.
The smartphone features a main 6.2-inch OLED Flex display with a 21:9 aspect ratio and HD+ (876×2142) resolution. It seamlessly unfolds inside without producing any crease in the middle. The RAZR 2019 also packs a 2.7-inch secondary screen called the Quick View Display on the exterior with a 4:3 aspect ratio and 600×800 resolution.
The second screen is meant for offering quick notifications, acting as a viewfinder for capturing photos, controlling music play, and more. The Quick View Display mounts a 16MP primary shooter with f/1.7 aperture. In the folded state, it acts as a selfie camera, but when the phone gets unfolded, the same one becomes the rear-mounted shooter.
The main internal display has a notch at the top wielding necessary sensors and a 5MP camera for snapping selfies in the unfolded state.
The retro-modern design apart, the Motorola RAZR 2019, is underpinned by a mid-range Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 SoC versus the flagship Snapdragon 855 SoC in the Galaxy Fold and Kirin 980 SoC in the HUAWEI Mate X. However, on the memory front, it packs a respectable 6GB RAM coupled with 128GB internal storage, though it lacks storage expansion.
On the software side of things, the Motorola RAZR 2019 runs no-frills stock Android 9 Pie. The fuel is supplied to the phone by a 15W fast charge-equipped 2,510mAh battery, which is even smaller than the battery tucked inside the Google Pixel 4.
But considering that the basic works can be done by using the Quick View Display and calls can also be handled without unfolding the phone, the inner main display won’t remain lit all the time; thereby preventing unnecessary draining of the battery.
The Motorola RAZR 2019 doesn’t go hammers and tongs in terms of the specifications but it is a beater in the design aspect with a seamlessly foldable display, zero gap hinge, and above all the same old exciting snapping sound experience after the calls. The smartphone is priced at $1,499.99 and set to be available starting January 9 in the US exclusive to Verizon. The Lenovo-owned company will gradually reveal the availability of the phone in other markets.