While Samsung gets a lot of credit for being at the forefront of folding smartphones, it’s far from the only one working in this niche.
Motorola was the first company to unveil a foldable with a flip phone-like design, with the Motorola RAZR and Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip popularizing this form factor.
The Motorola RAZR’s mixed execution, rocky launch, and exclusivity to Verizon in the U.S. held it back from being the standout hit that it could have been. Even so, it’s not difficult to see that the RAZR is filled with good ideas and a lot of potential.
That’s what makes us all the more excited for its successor, the Motorola RAZR 2. Motorola has its work cut out for it for the phone, and if handled correctly, it could be one of the best folding phones in the pipeline. From specs, leaked renders, and a ton more, here’s everything we know about the RAZR 2 so far!
The Motorola RAZR was first unveiled at a press event in November 2019, followed by its release a few months later in February 2020. When it comes to the RAZR 2’s release date, here’s what we know.
In May 2020, Lenovo’s South Africa General Manager, Thibault Dousson, commented on the RAZR 2’s release during the Reframed Tech podcast by saying:
There’s a new version coming up. There’s one in September I think.
While that sounds pretty exciting at first glance, there’s still a lot we don’t know about how that timeframe. If Motorola does announce the RAZR 2 in September, we aren’t sure if it’ll also go on sale then or if Motorola will wait a few months like it did for the first RAZR. Given that this is someone from Lenovo’s South Africa team, it’s also possible that the South African release timeframe will be different from the North American one.
Then, on June 18, Ross Young (the founder of Display Supply Chain) tweeted that the RAZR 2 had been delayed by a quarter — pushing its release back to 2021.
How much will the Motorola RAZR 2 cost?
Source: Android Central
Like all folding phones, the Motorola RAZR is not cheap. It costs a whopping $1500, making it considerably more expensive than a lot of non-folding phones on the market. What can we expect for round two?
The latest rumors are pointing to improved specs across the board for the RAZR 2 (more on that below), and while that’s great for the final user experience, it means more money is going into its production. That could result in a more expensive phone, or it could stay about the same.
Looking at what’s going on with other upcoming foldables, it’s said that the Galaxy Fold 2 could end up costing less than the original Fold given that Samsung is producing more units than it did the first time around. If Motorola also manufacturers considerably more RAZR 2 units, it’s possible we could see a similar price decrease. This early on, however, it’s hard to say for sure.
The biggest mystery surrounding the RAZR 2 right now is its design. We’ve yet to see any concrete renders or hands-on photos of the phone, but there are a few guesses we have as to what it’ll end up looking like.
When Motorola designed the RAZR, it’s very clear that the company wanted to embody that classic RAZR appearance. This is evident with just about every aspect of the folding phone, and we can’t imagine Motorola will stray too far from that aesthetic.
We’d like to see a smaller chin at the bottom and a smaller notch on the inner display, but other than that, it’s hard to see Motorola ushering in a major design revamp for the RAZR 2. More