Motorola Razr

Oliver Beck, Reporter

     After many requests, Motorola gave in and brought back the 2004 Razr. The new Razr features a sleek foldable 6.2 inch screen. This has been the most successful execution that we have seen in using the nanopixel technology to make a folding screen. The Razr is the third major foldable phone on the market, after the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X, which currently only sells in China. The Razr is also the first design of its kind: a tall, narrow vertically flipping device rather than a tablet replacement that opens up like a book. 

     The Razr will be released on January 9th, at a generous price of $1,500. The high price tag is due to how its specs stack up against the Samsung Galaxy Fold.There are some things we don’t know, all of which will be critical to the phone’s success, and since Pre Orders in the US dont begin until Dec 26, it will be a while before we find out.

     The Razr uses a plastic OLED (P-OLED) display with a hard plastic coating on top. Plastic isn’t as rigid as glass, which makes today’s foldable phone screens more susceptible to damage. Early Galaxy Fold review units suffered from screen damage before Samsung was able to redesign the flaws.

     Motorola claims that the foldable Razr’s 2,510mAh battery will last you all day, but we obviously need to test it to find out, both in our lab and through day to day observation.

    Even without testing, a 2,510mAh battery is quite small to power two screens, the camera and the rest of the phone’s features. As one comparison, the Samsung Galaxy S10E has a 5.8-inch screen and a 3,100mAh battery. As another, the (much larger) Galaxy Fold has a 4,380mAh battery.

     Though the Razr unfortunately is indeed susceptible to damage by water droplets, the developers are working on improving this risk. Overall, the Razr is the most advanced folding phone that we have seen in the United States, and once they are sold commercially we will know more on the true durability of the phone.