Foldable smartphones have been getting a lot of attention since the industry’s 18:9 aspect ratio trend gained momentum. Not only have two of the industry leaders in smartphone displays (and smartphones in general) announced plans for foldable smartphone displays & foldable smartphones, Google announced that Android will embrace and adapt well to foldable form factors soon.

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Back in 2004, Motorola (which wasn’t a Google or Lenovo subsidiary) unveiled and shocked the world with the RAZR V3, a flip-phone which really became their flagship device. The phone had the thinnest profile at the time on a clamshell set, sported an electroluminescent keypad made out of a single metal wafer and used an industry standard mini USB port for data, battery charger and headphones, all in an aluminum body with an external glass screen. It sold 130 million units during its lifespan, being the best selling clam shell phone to date.

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Moto, now a Lenovo subsidiary, is planning to hype up its foldable smartphone by using a name that’s already known by many for being the coolest smartphone they saw as a kid or teen. The phone is also reported to use the same cover polymer for its flexible display as the Royole FlexPai (the first flexible smartphone announced). And, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal, this phone will be exclusive to longtime Motorola partner Verizon wireless with a retail price of around $1,500 (that’s Rs.106,500 in today’s conversion rates). Unlike other smartphones costing this high (looking at you iPhone XS Max), the RAZR is reportedly having a limited production run, only 2,00,000 units. Powering all of this is probably going to be Qualcomm’s latest and greatest & it’s definitely going to run Google’s Android.

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The Royole FLEXPAI

Let’s hope that nostalgia isn’t the only thing Motorola’s upcoming RAZR has going for it to compete with Samsung’s upcoming foldable Galaxy and others.

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