Motorola’s Razr phone comeback may be closer to a release.
As interest in foldable phones continues to grow following Samsung’s announcement of the Galaxy Fold last week and Chinese giant Huawei’s Mate X on Sunday, a new interview seems to suggest that Motorola’s take on the new smartphone design is nearing a release.
In an interview with Engadget, Motorola’s vice president of product Dan Dery said that the company has “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market.”
Given that Samsung’s foldable phone will arrive on April 26, for an eye-popping starting price of $1,980 and Huawei’s Mate X will arrive midyear (starting at an even loftier $2,600), it seems that Motorola’s phone could be close.
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On Wednesday CNET separately reported that the foldable phone would arrive this summer, citing an anonymous source.
Interest in Motorola’s foldable phone spiked after a January Wall Street Journal report said the phone could launch on Verizon in February carrying the iconic Razr name and a potential $1,500 price tag.
Patent filings from Motorola have since been spotted by the website 91Mobiles, possibly showcasing the design of what could be the new Razr foldable phone given that it seems to be heavily influenced by the original 2004 phone.
And while the rumored February date has come and gone, if the phone does launch at $1,500, it would seemingly be the “affordable” foldable phone option given the starting prices of Samsung and Huawei’s first foldable efforts.
In a statement provided to USA TODAY, Motorola, and parent company Lenovo, did not address the phone plans directly but did hint at its larger ambitions for foldable displays.
“Lenovo and Motorola are well known for always exploring new technologies and pushing the boundaries of innovation,” the company said.
“Over the past few years we have changed the laptop and tablet form factor with flexible designs in a variety of forms and are excited to see how consumers continue to embrace possibilities that this technology can bring to product design.”
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