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Patent reveals possible return of Motorola's RAZR as a foldable phone

The RAZR clamshell could be revived as the first foldable phone from Motorola. (Source: Mobielkopen)
The RAZR clamshell could be revived as the first foldable phone from Motorola. (Source: Mobielkopen)
The latest approved patent filed by Motorola in May this year seems to confirm the previous rumors launched around MWC time in February regarding the return of the RAZR brand. However, this time Motorola may equip the clamshell design with a flexible display and special hinges with flex sensors, so the new RAZR might actually be Motorola's first foldable phone.
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Remember the RAZR clamshell phone from Motorola that was so coveted in the early 2000s? According to the latest Motorola patent uncovered by Mobielkopen, it looks like the model could see a revival, but with a twist: the clamshell design would hide a foldable display. The patent appears to have been filed on May 31 and was approved a few days ago.

Titled “Electronic device with hinge and corresponding systems and methods,” the patent file includes very detailed schematics and diagrams presenting the tech behind Motorola’s first foldable phone. The outside of the phone looks very much like a normal clamshell phone, but there is a special hinge that was adapted for a large flexible display on the front, which can be folded when the clamshell is closed.

The upper half of the rear side features what appear to e a single camera and a fingerprint sensor, while the lower half comes with a loudspeaker. The schematics also mention the presence of an optional flex sensor that could be working in tandem with the for special folding hinges.

Since Motorola is now part of Lenovo’s brand portfolio, this patent ca easily be associated with what Lenovo’s CEO had to say at MWC this year about the return of the RAZR design: “With the new technology, particularly foldable screens, I think you will see more and more innovation on our smartphone design.”

Of course, the existence of such patents does not necessarily prove that Motorola will launch its foldable phone in this exact form.  However, the special hinge and its interaction with the flexible screen will likely make it into mass produced devices at some point in the near future.

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Bogdan Solca
Bogdan Solca - Senior Tech Writer - 1540 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2017
I first stepped into the wondrous IT&C world when I was around seven years old. I was instantly fascinated by computerized graphics, whether they were from games or 3D applications like 3D Max. I'm also an avid reader of science fiction, an astrophysics aficionado, and a crypto geek. I started writing PC-related articles for Softpedia and a few blogs back in 2006. I joined the Notebookcheck team in the summer of 2017 and am currently a senior tech writer mostly covering processor, GPU, and laptop news.
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Bogdan Solca, 2018-08-23 (Update: 2018-08-23)