The Return of the Clamshell with Motorola RAZR

Foldable flip phones evoke a sense of nostalgia for days gone by . With the release of the Motorola RAZR , You can now relive the experience of those days. The clamshell pone that we Know and love is now back in a more tech-savvy , futuristic form.

On November 13, 2019, Motorola, a Lenovo-owned company, unveiled the foldable RAZR, and the demand for this modern, re-imagined flip phone has skyrocketed since.

Preorders from Verizon’s online store for the Motorola RAZR started on January 26. You can choose to shell out $1,500 for a one-time payment, or opt for a 24-month plan, paying just $62.49 monthly. You won’t need to sell your laptop online to get enough money for an RAZR.

While it may be pricey, you’ll be paying for the research and development that has been put into the innovative folding screen, as well as for the RAZR’s aesthetics.

Motorola RAZR Specs

The $1,500 RAZR, which runs on Android 9, will have:

  • 6.2-in. folding plastic OLED main screen
  • 2.7-in. glass OLED front screen
  • 16 MP main camera with f/1.7 aperture
  • 5 MP front-facing camera with f/2.0 aperture
  • Processor: 2.2 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
  • 128 GB storage and 6 GB of RAM
  • 2510 mAh battery

Aside from Verizon, you can also preorder the Motorola RAZR from the Motorola Store or from Walmart.

Caring for Your Motorola RAZR

Here are a few tips on how to take care of your RAZR:

  • Don’t get your screen too wet. Immediately wipe the screen dry if it gets wet.
  • Keep sharp objects away from the screen.
  • Close the phone before putting it in your pocket.

According to Motorola, you shouldn’t worry if about the appearance of bumps and lumps on the RAZR screen, as this is normal. The company also stresses that applying a screen protector isn’t necessary.

If, however, your phone sustains any damage, don’t use a DIY approach to fix it. The phone has intricate circuitry and numerous sensor cables. In fact, the experts at iFixit featured the Motorola RAZR in one of their latest teardowns and gave it a “repairability score” of 1 out of 10, with 10 being the easiest to repair.

While the Motorola RAZR may have some generic features, you can’t deny the pull of nostalgia and the R&D that comes with its clamshell design. It’s comparable to other foldable phones such as the Huawei Mate X, Samsung Galaxy Fold, and a yet unnamed dual-folding phone from Xiaomi.