Motorola’s first smartphone with a foldable display is expected to combine new technology and a classic design. The long-rumored Moto Razr would bring back the name of the company’s slim clamshell-style phone that predates the smartphone era. And it would also bring back the idea of a clamshell phone.
While Samsung, Huawei, and other foldable phone makers are developing models that allow them to fold in half like a book or in thirds like a wallet, the Moto Razr is expected to fold like… a flip phone.
Now a short video posted to Weibo by Sina Technology allegedly shows how it will work.
Update 5/17/2019: Or maybe not? As WinFuture and Engadget point out, the video appears to be an excerpt of a fan-made concept video from Waqar Khan that’s based on leaked schematics that may or may not be for a real Motorola Razr phone.
Original article continues below.
When the screen is unfolded, the Moto Razr looks a lot like any other modern smartphone with a large touchscreen display… at least once you learn to ignore the large bottom bezel/lip.
Folded in half, the phone is easy to slide into a pocket and the primary screen is protected. There’s also a smaller secondary screen which can display the time, notifications, and other information while the phone is folded.
The video suggests the phone will come in black, blue, or red color options. And there’s a special hinge with a set of gears in it to enable smooth folding and unfolding action.
What remains to be seen is whether there’s any sort of gap at the hinge that would allow dust to get under the screen — a problem Samsung is apparently trying to resolve with its $2600 Galaxy Fold smartphone before shipping it to customers.
Update: And here’s the original concept video from Waqar Khan: