The Motorola Razr may return as a foldable phone — for $1,500

These patent images may show the new Moto Razr folding phone

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In 2007 Paris Hilton with her pink Motorola Razr V3 made the Razr the most popular phone. (Credit: MTV)

Remember the Motorola Razr V3? Motorola’s fashionable clamshell is one of the most iconic phones ever released, easily on the same level as the Nokia 3310 and the original iPhone. While the original phone is now likely just a memory, it’s apparently getting a spiritual successor in the form of a foldable Motorola Razr smartphone that could arrive as early as February. The bad news? It’s set to cost $1,500.

Design

While the decision to bring back the Razr brand is a shock, we’ve known a Motorola-branded foldable smartphone has at least been in the design stage since June. A further patent from December 2018 discovered by 91 Mobiles shows what a revised Moto Razr might actually look like.

The patent images show a design that’s (shock, horror) extremely reminiscent of the original Moto Razr, from the curved notch at the top of the screen, to the large protruding chin at the bottom. The keyboard has been replaced by an extended, presumably folding screen, but the back of the device is extremely similar to the original, including a smaller screen and a camera lens. The one new addition on the back seems to be a fingerprint scanner placed on the bottom hinge.

Last year, Motorola was awarded a patent on a folding smartphone design that featured a heated central hinge that would “heal” imperfections in the OLED screen caused by bending. It’s entirely possible this design could form the basis of the updated Razr V3.

Release date and availability

According to the Wall Street Journal, Lenovo (the company that owns Motorola) has partnered with Verizon to sell the device in the U.S. No details on the nature of the device are known yet, outside of the fact that it will be a foldable smartphone — neatly encompassing future trends and the original Razr’s charm — and will carry Motorola Razr branding.

The inclusion of a heated central hinge could also explain the high prospective price tag. Folding phones aren’t looking cheap and the Motorola Razr folding phone will be no different in that regard. A price of around $1,500 is likely according to the Wall Street Journal’s sources, and that seems about right. Frankly, compared to the Samsung Galaxy foldable phone’s possible $2,550 cost, the Razr seems like a bargain.

This isn’t the first time the Razr brand has been brought back into the spotlight. Lenovo used the Razr V3 to hype a folding Lenovo smartphone in 2016, and the Razr name was originally re-used on a series of decent Android smartphones. This will be the first time we’ve heard from the Razr brand in years, and we’re looking forward to seeing more. However, with Nokia having capitalized on nostalgia for its own products, would it be too much to ask for a re-release of the original Motorola Razr V3 as a dumb phone?

Updated on January 23, 2019: We’ve added some patent images that may show the new Moto Razr.

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