2007’s Apple’s release of the i-phone might be the biggest shift in the status quo since the invention of the Internet because it was essentially like having a small computer in your pocket that also made phone calls.
Nowadays, everyone literally has to have a smart phone; not because of its practical use but because the main services don’t use old-fashioned flip-phones on its networks any longer. But there were traditionalists who didn’t want to give up the old phone because all they used it for was to make phone calls.
And now Motorola is planning on bringing back its popular Razr flip-phone but you’ll never believe what it’ll cost.
Remember back in the 1980’s when they had those car phones that came in suitcases with comically large antennas? The next evolution was a Motorola that was a giant “portable” phone that weighed like 8 pounds.
In the late 1990’s Nokia revolutionized the “brick” cell phone that you could throw it off the Empire State building and it would still survive. They truly don’t make them like they used to.
Flip-phones were the next evolution but they slowly went extinct after Apple released the i-phone in 2007. One of the best cell phones, per its overwhelmingly simplistic nature, was the Motorola Razor flip-phone.
And in a weird twist of fate, it looks to be coming back to the market but it will be warped into a smartphone so that you can use it on the networks in America.
The iconic Razr flip phone will be a 6.2-inch smartphone with a foldable display that gives the Lenovo-owned brand a unique selling point against Apple Inc. and Samsung Electronics Co.’s finest.
The new device reprises the Motorola Razr name but it’s a sleek modernized version of the original. And it will cost a whopping $1,499 and will be available for pre-order in December in Europe and as a Verizon exclusive in the U.S., ahead of its retail arrival in January.
You can see the video of it here:
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The 2019 Razr is no bargain, but compared to the $1,980 Galaxy Fold or Huawei Technologies Co.’s $2,600 Mate X, it’s the most affordable member of the most expensive modern phone category. Analysts claim the new Razr will be a success in many major markets even if it won’t be in the United States when it’s released in January.
Mark Gurman of Bloomberg noted of the Razr’s new design, “The Razr’s inner display appeared impressive with a high-resolution panel whose crease was more subtle than the one on the Galaxy Fold. When unfolded, the Razr operates like most other Android phones, running a full touchscreen version of Google’s operating system. The external screen is designed for light interactions like answering calls and texts, but like the front screen on the Galaxy Fold, it’s not something most consumers are likely to use much. The new Razr is a flip phone at heart and that’s how most people will want to use it.”
The original Razr became somewhat of a cultural phenomenon in late 2004 when it launched and it looks as though Motorola wants to recapture that.