+ Thursday June 20th, 2019

Children of the 80s and 90s will probably remember the time their mum or dad came home with a Motorola StarTAC mobile. Among the most popular foldable phones, the format has largely died out until recently, when rumours began to emerge of a new Motorola folding phone.

In 2019, we’ve got foldable smartphone displays, and this means the foldable could make a real comeback. We’ve seen leaked photos of the Moto RAZR 2019 (which is what we’ll call it for now) before, but now we’ve got a nice rendered video to watch, and I have to tell you, I’m excited.

Unlike other foldable smartphones, this isn’t smartphone sized that unfolds to a tablet size; rather, the Moto RAZR appears to be a foldable that expands to a smartphone size, but starts as something much smaller and slimmer.

Other rumoured inclusions are a small front screen to show notifications and perhaps as a selfie viewfinder, but most certainly to see the time.

Inside, we’re expecting the Moto RAZR to feature a 6.2-inch foldable OLED display with 2,142 x 876 resolution. Rumoured specifications indicate the RAZR is unlikely to be a top-tier smartphone, with mid-tier inclusions such as a Snapdragon 710, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage. There’s also talk of a 6GB / 128GB variant.

The battery is rumoured to be quite small, at 2,730mAh, but with 27W turbo charging, it’s likely that topping the RAZR off won’t take long anyway. Whether it’ll last all day – and being constantly folded and unfolded – remains to be seen.

There’s no hint of pricing or availability, we just hope it doesn’t end up costing an arm and a leg like other foldables are rumoured to.

Chris Rowland   Managing Editor

Chris Rowland

Chris has been at the forefront of smartphone reporting in Australia since smartphones were a thing, and has used mobile phones since they came with giant lead-acid batteries that were "transportable" and were carried in a shoulder bag.

Today, Chris publishes one of Australia's most popular technology websites, Ausdroid. His interests include mobile (of course), as well as connected technology and how it can make all our lives easier.

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Yeah wow! Bummer, nice pick-up

Tibb So
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Tibb So

They should also just bring a dual screen folding Razr back too because the single screen model is bound to have issues. Had the original Razr and it was a great phone.

Jeni Skunk
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I never liked the RAZR phones, as the chin on them always got in my way for one-handed accessing the bottom row of keys, in the phone shop demo units I tried.

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A new dual screen would probably have minimal bezels.

Jeni Skunk
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Screen bezels won’t be much of an issue. It was simply how far out from the keypad, the chin protruded on the RAZR phones. Too far for me to be able to manage one handed operation on the demo units in phone shops.

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I can’t wait! So excited.

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Like it!

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