The rebirth of Razr has been rumored for several months. And frankly, such a product is a little incomprehensible. The Lenovo-owned company is embracing the expanding (if dispersed) folding materials industry with the return of one of its most iconic models.
While it is true that the Motorola name keeps the Razr name alive in some form or other well in the Android era, everything that has come since it failed to regain the magic of the once mighty brand.
However, from the looks of things, the newly announced Razr is a wonderful piece of symmetry. The product, which was announced earlier today in Los Angeles, is being criticized for folding elements as simply a return to the ever-ubiquitous mussel design.
According to Motorola, the company has been playing around with flexible technology for some time. In a press release, "In 2015, a cross functional team was created consisting of engineers and designers from both Motorola and Lenovo to begin thinking about how we can use flexible display technology."  The device replaces the horizontal design of its most famous competitor – Samsung Galaxy Fold. The vertical shape factor seems to be a coincidence made in the folding sky. It certainly loses some of the slim design that made the original Razr so many years ago, but makes the ultra-wide (21: 9) 6.2-inch screen compact enough to fit in a pocket.
As with the Galaxy Fold there is another small display at the front to get an idea of notifications and the like. This is another design feature that reflects O.G. Razr. Predictably, the device works with Android – Android 9 (for now), to be precise.
For full-throttle appeal, there is also a Retro Raz mode that mimics the original design of a metal button for the bottom half of the screen. This is skin that really doubles as the pad of numbers used with the Android messaging app. Motorola clearly put a lot of love into the design and it shows. If anything, the new Razr could lead the way to proving that retro phones can be more than a nostalgic novelty for outdated technology.
After all the Samsung kerfuff, you will be right to question the durability of the device, though Motorola says it is less of a concern by referring to the "average" time period for a smartphone for the product. Only one way to find out, I guess. Just like the Fold, the price is quite a barrier to any kind of major decisions for this first generation product.  Razz will release $ 1,499 when it launches next January.