Motorola files patent for modular folding phone (RAZR 2020)

Motorola's clamshell design is unique and particularly popular among early adopters. Let's Go Digital uncovered a new patent filed by the smartphone manufacturer back in 2018.

Motorola Razr 2020 shop
Motorola Razr 2020 shop

The Motorola RAZR 2019 was announced just a few weeks ago, and the company is reportedly working their next foldable phone design already.

Cheryl Kahla

 by Cheryl Kahla

If all goes according to plan, the device will be announced in 2020.

Revolutionary new patent approved

The patent document, which can be viewed here, describes a unique design similar in some ways to the RAZR 2019 which folds horizontally. However, there are a few differences.

The integration of a fisheye camera and a modular system is unexpected. This is included so that additional hardware components could be added, such as a projector or a high-quality stereo speaker.

The patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). It has since been approved and published in August 2019. In addition, it was added to the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) database as well.

The device could most likely have a front display which will be visible when the phone is closed or folded. Simply open the device to access a narrow elongated screen slightly more compact than the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate.

Motorola Razr 2020
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Razr’s Modular design

The battery is placed in the lower part of the housing so that the centre of gravity is in your hand. Smaller and lighter components are installed in the upper part, including the speakers and microphones.

For the front display, you’ll find a lower resolution screen. This screen will also include basic information such as the time, date, weather, incoming messages and calls.

Another striking design element is the top of the device. This part of the phone will not be functional when unfolded. Based on the information from the patent, the top part will protrude backwards at an angle. More