Motorola Is Going To Release An Updated Version Of The Razr

Motorola has announced that it's going to bring back the iconic Razr phone, updated for 2019.

Cast your mind back to 2005, if you can. Facebook had only just started up, no one had even heard of Brexit, and mobile phones were not the pocket computers that they are today.

However, one mobile phone stood alone, desired above all others on the playground at the time, the Motorola Razr. It was sleek, it looked futuristic, and it was tiny.

As an aside, remember when it was cooler to have a smaller phone? How the times change.

The original Motorola Razr. Credit: Wikipedia
The original Motorola Razr. Credit: Wikipedia

Anyway, the Razr is being brought into the modern era as part of a collaboration between Lenovo - which owns Motorola - and Verizon. It's going to be made out of futuristic foldable screen technology, if reports are to be believed.

Whilst the original Razr sold more than 50m handsets following the initial release, only 200,000 of these updated versions are to be manufactured. You'll only be able to get hold of them if you really, really want one.

Oh, and you'll need a spare $1,500 (£1,167) if you're to get hold of this particular flight of nostalgic fancy. That's pretty steep.

Even the originals were thought to be pretty expensive at $600 (£466) when they came out.

The new Motorola Razr will likely cost around $1,500. Credit: YouTube/PhoneDog
The new Motorola Razr will likely cost around $1,500. Credit: YouTube/PhoneDog

If you're still keen, most rational observers reckon that it will be out this February. They also reckon that it's going to feature a foldable display across both halves of it. They'll use OLED display technology as it doesn't crease or - more importantly - shatter when closed.

It looks as if 2019 is going to be the breakthrough year for foldable tech. Samsung is rumoured to be announcing a foldable smartphone at a conference on 20 February this year. At that same event, they'll probably announce the new Galaxy S10 as well, if you're into that sort of thing.

Also, Chinese company Royole is to release the FlexPai foldable smartphone as well. It looks interesting to say the least.

The Royole FlexPai foldable smartphone. Credit: Royole
The Royole FlexPai foldable smartphone. Credit: Royole

We'll have to wait and see whether the new Razr is a roaring success or not. To be fair, it's been a pretty mixed bag as far as updated versions of flip phones have been concerned.

Sure, they hold a lot of nostalgia value, but are people more bothered by that or having their modern, up to date, smartphone in their hand at all times?

Probably the latter, for now.

Also, as for the February release date, that's not guaranteed either. It could change as the phone is still being researched.

Either way, my 2005 self is very excited.

Featured Image Credit: OptoScalpel (Wikimedia Commons)

Tom Wood

Tom Wood is a freelance journalist and LADbible contributor. He graduated from University of London with a BA in Philosophy before studying for a Masters in Journalism at the University of Salford. He has previously written for the M.E.N Group as well as working for several top professional sports clubs. Contact him on [email protected]

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