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Pre-orders for Motorola Razr foldable smartphone begin today

The Motorola Razr is only available in "Noir Black." (Image via Verizon Wireless)
The Motorola Razr is only available in "Noir Black." (Image via Verizon Wireless)
The Motorola Razr foldable smartphone is now available for pre-order from Verizon Wireless. The phone boasts a Snapdragon 710 and Android 9.0 Pie, both of which seem outdated considering the phone's $1500 price tag. However, buyers will primarily be paying for the foldable form factor in addition to some nostalgic bragging rights.
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Do you want to relive a modernized version of the glory days of early aughts cell phones? Do you have US $1500 burning a hole in your pocket? Then you can pre-order the Motorola Razr foldable smartphone starting today.

The Motorola Razr dominated the news cycle when it was announced back in November. Early first impressions noted how well-made the foldable display seemed, thanks in part to a sophisticated hinge mechanism that moves the screen just a bit when the phone is opened. This motion, according to Motorola, should heavily reduce strain on the screen and removes the need for any type of gap between the display and the chassis when the phone is closed.

Powering the Motorola Razr is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 710, a decent mid-range chip that powered a handful of mid-market Chinese smartphones (as well as the Nokia 8.1). The SoC is well over a year old at this point, which is curious considering Motorola’s focus on how cutting-edge the new Razr is. It’s also curious considering the phone’s $1500 price tag.

The Snapdragon 710 isn’t the only carryover from a time gone by. The Razr will ship with Android 9.0 Pie. Add to that a small 2510 mAh battery, and it’s obvious the Razr’s price isn’t based on the specs. Rather, Motorola seems to be relying on the Razr’s nostalgia factor and unique (if gimmicky) foldable form factor.

The foldable is currently only available through Verizon. Pre-orders started today with an expected shipping date of February 14th. You can either spend $1500 upfront or pay $62.49 over 24 months ($1499.76 total).

Will you be pre-ordering the Motorola Razr? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments. Users can learn more about the Verizon Fios service here.

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Sam Medley - Senior Tech Writer - 1105 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2016
I've been a computer geek my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a database administrator. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news and reviews. I've also written for other outlets including UltrabookReview and GeeksWorldWide, focusing on consumer guidance and video gaming. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not writing on electronics or tinkering with a device, I'm either outside with my family, enjoying a decade-old video game, or playing drums or piano.
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Sam Medley, 2020-01-26 (Update: 2020-02-12)