Razr Revival: Motorola is Working on a Folding Phone

By Holly Brockwell on at

Possibly the best news out of the whole of Mobile World Congress: Motorola is making a folding phone, and if it's not a Razr we will kick off.

An Engadget interview with Motorola Vice President of Global Product Dan Dery contains some lovely tidbits for those of us who've been waiting for the Razr revival since the first whisperings of folding screens.

Dery confirms Motorola "started to work on foldables a long time ago" and has "no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market."

Since we've already seen lots of foldables launch, and phones like the Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X will be available to buy in the first half of this year, that means there can't be long to wait.

We've already seen a Motorola patent that looked a lot like a new take on the Razr design, but tech companies patent stuff all the time and a lot of it never comes to fruition.

Dery's comments confirm that something is coming from Moto, and a Razr phone would be their best bet for massive amounts of publicity and nostalgia-interest: a strategy Nokia has employed to perfection with the new 3310 and Matrix phone. They didn't sell a lot, but they did get the Nokia name absolutely everywhere and raise awareness of the company's smartphone line in the process.

Dery went on to say some interesting things about the folding designs we're seeing from other manufacturers. Talking about phones with screens on the outside, Dery comments"The fact that you're touching it with your nails is scratching it. It has a short life right away; it starts dying the day you unpack it. But it's beautiful. That first day, it's beautiful."

Ouch. That'll give people considering the £2k Huawei Mate X pause for thought.

As a result of the "scratching issues" he mentions, Dery says a Moto foldable wouldn't have a screen on the outside. Which means it'd be more of an old-style clamshell, kind of like the Galaxy Fold but also a lot like... the Razr.

We'll have to wait and see what Motorola comes up with, but consider our hype machines fully fuelled. Bring on the Razr revival. [Engadget]

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