Moto Razr might return with a foldable screen in 2019

Moto Razr patent

Motorola recently made it into the news because of a report that the company was planning on bringing back the Moto Razr brand with the launch of a foldable phone. Now, a design registration has surfaced on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), showing a foldable smartphone design by Motorola Mobility, including the hinge that the Moto Razrs are famous for. The patent filing was spotted by 91 Mobiles(via the Verge). Although the Razr logo cannot be seen anywhere in the design, it has been speculated to be 2019 Moto Razr.

The patent reveals a phone with a tall display and thick chin. The central portion of the device features hinges on either side of the screen. Presumably, these hinges will help the device fold into a smaller form factor. The design suggests that Motorola will be employing two screens in the device–one large display on the inside of the clamshell factor for when the device is fully open and another on the outside, on the top half. The second screen could presumably be used for minor tasks such as checking notifications, time, or date, the larger screen on the inside, on the other hand, will be used to carry out regular tasks.

At the back panel, the design reveals two circular shapes on both the top half and the bottom half which could be assumed to be the front camera and the rear camera respectively, however, there are equal chances of those two circular shapes being a fingerprint scanner and a Motorola logo respectively.

A week ago The Wall Street Journal reported the possibility of Motorola manufacturing a high-end device with a premium price-tag which could be a part of the company’s classic Razr family. The report said that Motorola was working with US carrier Verizon to launch the new foldable Razr phone in February and that it would be priced at $1,500 (roughly  1,04,300).

The last clamshell factor phone with the Razr branding was Motorola Razr V3, released in 2004. The device sold more than 130 million units globally.

With Samsung and Huawei confirming the development of a foldable device, it looks like Motorola too is trying to stay relevant by launching its own version of a foldable smartphone.

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