Motorola may have given us a look at the design of the new RAZR phone
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The rumours about a new RAZR phone are hotting up. Motorola Mobility filed a patent at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) in August last year, which contained designs for a clamshell smartphone. A few months later Paul Pierce, the co-designer of the original RAZR, explained in an interview with CNET that people are "yearning for" for the experience that Razr offered and that Motorola was:
...trying to understand what we can do to revive some of that but it's got to be done in a way that fundamentally delivers an incredible experience. It can't be done just for a gimmick or something of that nature. We've got to figure out how to deliver a breakthrough.
Well, the company may have given us an idea of what that "incredible experience" may look like in a second patent filing, but this time at the EUIPO. The filing contains images that look more refined than the patent from last August and bear a closer resemblance to the RAZR V3. The patented design has the signature RAZR chin what looks like a foldable display. The images also show a secondary display and two circular cut-outs, which may be areas for cameras or a fingerprint sensor.
It is worth keeping in mind that the broken lines in the images are areas that fall outside the patented design as described by the USPTO, but they do indicate what Motorola would like the device to look like. The Wall Street Journal also reported last week that the rumoured RAZR phone will cost around US$1,500 and will be a Verizon exclusive. The anonymous source stated that the device would go on sale "as soon as February", but Motorola only filed the patents at the EUIPO in December last year, so we suspect it will be a while longer before the company announces the device if it does at all.
You can view the full patent filing at the EUIPO here.