Motorola is sticking with its plan to launch a re-imagined Razr smartphone with a folding OLED display by the end of the year, sources claim.
By AARON BROWN
After rivals Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone and Huawei Mate X were both delayed, the lack of news around the new Razr had led many to conclude the project had been ditched.
Motorola is still planning to launch its re-invented Motorola Razr before the end of the year, two recent reports have claimed.
The nostalgic handset will be based on the icon flip-phone design which debuted in late 2005, but rather than sporting a keypad and screen – it will have a single, uninterrupted foldable OLED that unfurls when you flip open the smartphone. This elongated touchscreen will be perfectly suited to running multiple apps on-top of one another.
Sony has already moved its smartphone range to a similarly long and thin screen design. The company says it’s ideal for running splitscreen apps as well as watching movies in the landscape orientation without any black bars above or below the display.
According to a source speaking to CNET, we’re likely to see the new Motorola Razr in December 2019. That means Motorola will be able to achieve its promise of launching a foldable handset no later than everybody else in the market.
That pledge was made by Motorola Vice President of Global Product Dan Dery back in March in an interview with Engadget. During the same chat, Dery revealed the company had been working on its folding flagship “a long time ago” and that the firm had “been doing a lot of iteration”.
It’s not entirely clear why the re-imagined Razr will launch so close to the end of the year. Given the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X were originally set to launch on May 3 and September, respectively, it appears Motorola was either struck with some of the same issues or has decided to play it safe in light of the troubles experienced by Samsung. More