Most of us look back on our first cell phones with a great sense of nostalgia. It was a time before touch screens were standard and when text messages were composed with the help of T9. Sure, cellphones back then couldn’t do half of what our smartphones can today, but we loved them anyway.
And now, more than a decade later, Motorola is bringing back one of the most iconic cell phones ever: the Motorola RAZR.
The modern spin on this classic phone features a 6.2-inch foldable plastic OLED panel. That’s right, the display folds in half on a hinge. But unlike foldable phones we’ve seen that go from a regular sized smartphone to a tablet, the RAZR turns a standard-sized smartphone into something small and pocketable like the original RAZR.
The smartphone that now runs on Android 9 Pie, looks heavily inspired from its mid-2000s predecessor with its curved chin and sleek edges. When it’s closed, the outer screen shows notifications, music controls, text messages, and even offers a selfie camera which definitely wasn’t there before.
Opened up, the RAZR is reportedly flat with no visible creases. Other features include the phone’s 128 GB of internal storage, USB-C charging, and 6GB of RAM. Early reviewers of the phone offered lots of positive feedback like the satisfaction they felt when ending calls by snapping the phone shut—just like old times.
The new Motorola RAZR is set to launch in January 2020 for $1,500, which is a long ways away from its original price of about $300.
But Motorola might be on to something here. After all, the smartphone market has been struggling these past few years, but in the mid 2000s everyone wanted the hottest phone, and at one point that most definitely was the RAZR.
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