Motorola’s new Razr

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Essence Omotosho

Motorola’s revival of the classic Razr does not launch until February 6th, but the phone is already backordered until February 18th, according to the phone maker’s website and Verizon.

Motorola unveiled its new take on the Razr back in November with an original preorder date set for December 26th. But the company pushed back preorders to January 26th due to popular demand, while the device will be launching in stores and online February 6th.

The new $1,500 Razr has a look and feel that is similar to the iconic flip phone from the early 2000s, but with a screen that bends in half. The phone has a 6.2-inch foldable main screen on its cover for viewing notifications. There is also a fingerprint sensor embedded in the thicker portion of the phone near its base for unlocking the device, and a 16 megapixel main camera.

The Razr is one of the several foldable phones that were unveiled in 2019, joining Samsung’s Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X. Both of those phones also experienced delayed launches, but for different reasons. I asked Francisco how he feels about flip phones making a come back and he said “It’s cool but I won’t be buying one.”

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, which launched in the United States in September, was initially suppose to be released in April. But after a few reviewers reported that the phone’s display had malfunctioned after a couple of days, the company pushed back the launch and made tweaks to the design. Huawei also delayed the June launch for its foldable Mate X shortly after the company was blacklisted by the United States government, citing carrier certification tests for the setback. It eventually launched in November in China.