Motorola had massive success with the Razr phone series, with users from all over the world embracing the compact flip phone. However, since the introduction of the touchscreen, it's been a while since flip phones have been a focus for manufacturers.
To keep up with the smartphones of today and to gain appeal, the Motorola Razr V4 is going to be much more than your average flip phone. In its heyday, the Motorola Razr V3 was the most popular handset in the US and many other markets. It was seen as a status symbol to own one of these phones.
The new version will undoubtedly stir up some nostalgia for owners of the previous model, but it will also have to deliver great features and innovative design. Motorola knows this and one of the biggest things that will get this phone noticed is the foldable display. Old flip phones commonly used an alphanumeric keypad at the bottom portion of the flip, with a screen on the top half.
The Motorola Razr V4 will be all display inside, and this screen will fold up to close into the recognisable clam shape design that the series is noted for. When opened, the Razr V4 display will be a seamless touchscreen. Foldable displays have been the new big thing for smartphones this year. Huawei and Samsung have both announced their versions of foldable phones.
Motorola hinted earlier in the year that they have been working on foldable smartphone designs for some time. It looks like the manufacturer will be taking their first steps in the foldable market with the Razr 4.
At the moment, the specifications of the Motorola Razr V4 are only rumoured as the manufacturer hasn't confirmed all of the details yet. The latest leaked information on the foldable phone includes:
- A Snapdragon Qualcomm 710 processor
- 2 variants – 4GB RAM with 64GB memory and 6GB RAM with 128GB
- 5G connectivity
- 6.2-inch OLED foldable screen
- Outer display
The phone will sport the familiar outer display, which is the equivalent of today's Always On screens. The screen will show a snapshot of information, such as the time and notifications without the need to open the flip mechanism. The size of this screen isn't confirmed, but as it will sit on the outside of the flip phone when closed, it is expected to have a resolution of around 600x 800 pixels.
A 6.2-inch display will be on the inside of the flip phone. The Motorola Razr V4 will use the latest flexible display technology to create this screen. While there will be a hinge in the display, pliable technology will give the screen a seamless look when opened.
There have been some issues with previously announced folding smartphones, namely the Samsung Galaxy Fold. The main problems have been around the hinged part of the display, showing signs of wear or distortion. While Samsung has now announced that they have fixed most of these problems, we would expect that Motorola will have ironed out any possible faults before the official launch.
While there is no official word on a release date for the Motorola Razr V4, the manufacturer has stated they won't be any later with a foldable phone than their rivals.
As Huawei and Samsung have already officially announced their phones and they are expected to launch soon, we should see something from Motorola very shortly.
Dan Dery, Motorola Vice President of Global Product, stated: "We started to work on foldable's a long time ago, and we have been doing a lot of iteration."
As this is going to be a flagship model, we can expect it to have a flagship price. A recent report from The Wall Street Journal has pegged the Motorola Razr V4 price at $1500, which will be over £1100 in the UK.
The price puts it up in the ranks of top phones such as the iPhone and the latest Galaxy models. The massive following of the Razr phone series in the US is bound to attract lots of interest in that market. For now, rumours seem to point at a US-only limited release, so we shall have to wait and see if it finally makes it over to the UK.