With the Motorola Razr 2019, Motorola attempts a bold throwback to one of the most iconic phone designs of all time. A special tribute to the original Razr V3 that came into existence in 2004, the Motorola Razr 2019 is a cutting-edge foldable phone. It is a bold attempt at merging the future with the past to give a standout, market breaking the phone.
Moto Razr (2019):
What is special about this phone from Motorola?
The Motorola Razr 2019 is an idea that is targeted at breaking the norm by challenging the industry’s assumptions on the look of the smartphone. Expectations were that the new foldable would attempt to bridge the gap between phones and tablets by unfolding horizontally into a wider display. However, Motorola had other ideas playing in their heads as they went against expectations to reveal a phone that flips open to reveal an elongated touchscreen.
The Motorola Razr 2019 stayed true its root, coming in the old-school Razr design. From the flip-flat hinge to the chunky bottom ‘lip’ that the top folds down to meet. It doesn’t quite give the same feeling as the flipping of the iconic Razr V3; however, it’s a close reflection of the feeling the old school Razr brings.
The uniqueness of the Motorola Razr 2019 is in full display, not when it’s opened, but when it’s closed. When you close the flip, there’s a smaller display on the outside for checking texts, calls, music, emails, which appears like the ones display on smartwatches. The rear camera sits nicely below the quick-look screen and becomes a selfie camera when the Razr is closed, while the small display shows the image it is trying to capture.
The Motorola Razr 2019 can be held with one hand when flipped open, like your average smartphone. However, the standout difference with others is that it can fit into your pocket comfortably when closed. It is like pulling out an enlarged pager from your pocket, and we all can tell how comfortable that is compared to pulling out the average smartphone out of your pocket. Also, the feeling you get when flipping open or closing your phone is fun, just like old times with the Razr V3.
The Motorola Razr 2019 was announced on November 13 with pre-orders opening on December 26, 2019, then a release date set for some time around January 2020 in the US, while Motorola has also confirmed that a schedule has been set for its launch in Europe. However, the release date in the US is currently unclear.
The Motorola Razr 2019 cost $1,500 / €1599 (around £1,350, AU$2,000), which is quite expensive. However, the price tag is a reflection of the technical challenges involved in making a flip phone work smoothly in 2019.
The Motorola Razr 2019 comes with the Snapdragon 710 chipset, which doesn’t reach the performance of the advanced Snapdragon 855. The major reason Motorola did not go for the latest chipset is that the bigger and latest chip would’ve drained more battery and generated more heat, probably more than what was envisaged for the phone, considering that it came at 14mm thick folded closed, which means each segment is under 7mm.
The Motorola Razr 2019 runs on Android 9, missing out on the benefits that come with the Android 10. The device performs with the signature Motorola gesture, either closed or open. The iconic ‘chop to open flashlight’ gesture is one of the many gestures, but the ‘wiggle to open camera mode’ is perhaps the most important gesture as it is the only way to get the camera app open while the phone is shut. This allows the front quick look screen to display the main camera in selfie mode.
The battery might be the phone’s biggest weakness, as it comes with a 2,510mAh capacity battery. Like the chip, this also looks like yet another compromise for design, as you can only fit so much battery within each 6.9mm thin side. The battery is split between the top and bottom halves for balance. Although Motorola assures the battery will last all day; however, it doesn’t look like it can handle the heavy media-watching activity and GPS usage.
However, due to the presence of the front screen, users might open their phones less than usual, and this might contribute to how well the battery does. Although, it will depend a lot on user behavior and how it changes with the new Razr’s form.
It doesn’t support wireless charging, but the device does come with a 15W TurboPower charger.
The phone might come with less exciting specs when compared to other modern smartphones; however, the nostalgic feeling does well to redeem its image. While Motorola Razr 2019 doesn’t stand out in terms of spec, it is a bold experiment that attempts at bringing back an old look in an advanced way.
The big question though is if phone users will be swayed by a 15-year-old look to opt for a phone that comes at no little cost and not much bigger than the one they already have. For the stylish ones, the Motorola Razr 2019 is worth every penny and doesn’t feel as costly when considering other phones.
The old Razr’s was a pricey status symbol back in the days, and this latest in the Razr series upholds that symbol – although it is more design-oriented compared to the Fashion flex of old. The new Razr design is an innovative new direction for smartphones, and this could mean a break out of the horizontal flip design. We wait to see how this new design will be welcomed and how the price would be accepted.
eSIM, Splash Proof
|Foldable P-OLED capacitive|
touchscreen, 16M color.
screen to body ratio)
867X2142 pixels (`373 PPI density
Second external G-OLED Display
600X800pixels, 2.7 inches
|16 MP, f/1.7, 1.22um, Dual Pixel|
TOF 3D camera
Dual-LED-Dual-tone flash, HRD,
2160p@ 30fps, 1080p@30fps gryo-EIS
|5 MP, f/2.0, 1.12um|
accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass