Motorola plans to revive iconic Razr flip phone with foldable screen

Motorola plans to revive iconic Razr flip phone with foldable screen
The Motorola RAZR V3i mobile phone (Photo: OptoScalpel/Wikimedia Commons)

by Rhiannon Williams

Motorola is developing a new version of its Razr flip phone with a foldable screen, according to a report.

The handset will be priced at $1,500 (£1,162) and could go on sale as soon as February, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Its launch may coincide with Mobile World Congress (MWC), the annual smartphone and telecoms exhibition in Barcelona, which will run between 25 and 28 February.

One of the top 10 bestselling mobile phones

While details of the new handset are scant, the original Motorola Razr V3 was released in 2004 and sold more than 130m units worldwide – ranking it among the top 10 bestselling mobile phones.

Yang Yuanqing, chief executive of Motorola’s parent company Lenovo, has previously refused to rule out the possibility of reviving the iconic flip handset.

“With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design,” he told inews in a roundtable discussion during MWC 2018.

The patent detailed the flexible screen (Photo: US Patent Office)
The patent detailed the flexible screen (Photo: US Patent Office)

“So hopefully [the Motorola Razr brand] will be developed or realised very soon”.

A patent application Motorola had filed with the US Patent Office for a flip phone with a foldable screen inside a clamshell body was published in August last year.

A larger display that can fold around a hinge

“Market trends indicate that consumers have a general preference for devices with large displays,” the patent application, spotted by Dutch site Mobielkopen, read.

“However, a hinge frequently interrupts the display of most clamshell devices, therby limiting the size that the display can ultimately achieve.

“It would be desirable to have an improved electronic device that reconciles these issues by offering a larger display while still being able to fold around a hinge.”

Foldable phones are already one of the year’s key smartphone trends. Chinese brand Royole showcased its flexible smartphone the FlexPai in Las Vegas last week, while Samsung confirmed it was working on a folding device back in November.

This article originally appeared on our sister site, inews