Motorola missed a targeted summer launch date for its first foldable phone, but the company still plans to announce its device by the end of the year, a person close to the company told CNET.
It’s unclear when the device will hit store shelves, but the press and public at least will see the phone in 2019, making Motorola the latest handset maker to jump into the market for foldables.
The device will follow Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which hit shelves in the US on Friday, and possibly Huawei’s Mate X, which hasn’t yet gone on sale.
Foldables are being developed in a variety of shapes and designs. One thing they all seem to have in common, however, is delayed launch dates. Samsung and Huawei both missed their initial sales plans.
Motorola, a unit of Chinese consumer electronics giant Lenovo, has been working on a secretive foldable phone that’s believed to be reviving the Razr brand. Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold or Huawei’s Mate X, which fold outward from phones into tablets, Motorola’s foldable is expected to fold inward like its popular Razr flip phones, according to a patent filing from 2017.
Though Samsung and Huawei showed off their devices at events late last year and earlier this year, Motorola has said very little about its foldable. An executive confirmed the device’s existence to Engadget in February and said Motorola had “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market.” CNET later reported that Motorola planned to introduce the phone over the summer.
But summer has come and gone, and Motorola still hasn’t said a word about its foldable. More