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Back to the future: Motorola’s nostalgic novelty makes a comeback as the Razr V4

The quintessential sassy flip-phone from the early 2000s, the Motorola Razr V4 is poised to make a big comeback as a $1,500 foldable screen smartphone. Just when we thought we’re moving into an era of futurism, thanks to CES ‘19, Motorola takes us on an urban-classic detour with one of their most iconic phones ever. The original Razr, launched in 2004 is still available for retail at Rs. 12,000. However, the updated flex-phone is projected to cost a cool Rs. 1,07,000 (US $1,500 Approximately) 

The original Motorola RAZR V3 from 2004
The original Motorola RAZR V3 from 2004

“The Motorola Razr V3 wasn’t just a lifeline, it became a lifestyle” Prior to the iPhone and other smartphones, the Motorola Razr V3 was the phone to buy among flip phones thanks to its super-thin and stylish aesthetic which eventually led Motorola to sell more than 130 million units of the device. However, the 2019 iteration of this icon will be limited to just 200,000 builds and will be sold exclusively through Verizon. 

Motorola RAZR V4
Updated 2019 Motorola Razor V4

As we celebrate 15 years of the RAZR franchise this coming February, Motorola’s Droid RAZR capsule gets an extension as they welcome their most futuristic model yet. Positioned to go head-on with the Samsung foldable smartphone prototype, the Moto RAZR (quite literally) blends nostalgic novelties with futuristic appeal, which the Samsung prototypes currently lack. 

Motorola RAZR V4_
Razr V4 illustrations revealed by Lenovo

“I think people are kind of yearning for and remembering back to that Razr — when it flipped open, and the sound of that, the feel of that. Where is that today? And it seems like an opportunity,” – Paul Pierce, co-designer of the 2004 Razr V3. 

Razor V3 illustrations that suggest rear-end fingerprint scanner, chin touch panel and seamless fold-able screen (inside)

As illustrated, the 2019 foldable smartphone will be receiving a much heavier chin design that consists of an edge-to-edge display. The chin will essentially be a 5-button quick-access touch-display. While closed, the single camera gauge is noticeably visible, suggesting that we could expect a camera to be at par with the iPhone 8 or Pixel 2, efficient but nothing fancy. There also appears to be a screen panel right above the camera gauge, which would be great for notifications and quick-action control. Expect a rear-end fingerprint scanner as a Motorola signature. 

All Images: Courtesy Motorola & Lenovo



Back to the future: Motorola’s nostalgic novelty makes a comeback as the Razr V4

Mikhail Gomes

Features Editor, Lifestyle Asia India & Contributor - Augustman

A watch aficionado, Mikhail also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.


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