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Motorola Razr is back after delays: Jan. 26 presale, where to buy and more – CNET

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Motorola wants to steal some thunder from Samsung’s upcoming foldable flip phone by selling the Razr first.

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The delayed Motorola Razr is preparing for battle against Samsung, the world’s largest smartphone brand. Motorola’s modern take on the flip phone will take on Samsung’s second foldable phone, rumored to be called the Galaxy Z Flip, a few days before its official launch. For a select few, the foldable Motorola Razr will now go on preorder on Jan. 26. The Razr will arrive in stores on Feb. 6, days before Samsung’s unveiling on Feb. 11

Selling for $1,499, the Motorola Razr is the most affordable phone from a major brand, compared to the $1,980 Galaxy Fold and the roughly $2,300 Huawei Mate X. But Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip (if that’s what it’s called) is rumored to sell for less. A different rumor also suggests that Samsung’s design could be the first foldable phone to use a glass screen. 

Motorola’s Razr comes at an important moment for foldable phones. It was the first proof of concept for a folding phone whose screen bends in half vertically to maximize screen real estate while saving physical space. It also reinvents the original Motorola Razr from 2004, drawing on that iconic flip phone to feed this new Razr’s initial popularity. If Motorola can transform that wave of nostalgia into preorders, it can help secure a bit of a comeback for a brand that plans to return to the premium phone race.

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The Motorola Razr has a 6.2-inch internal screen and a 2.7-inch outer display, a 16-megapixel main camera fingerprint reader and 128GB of onboard storage. Unlike Samsung’s Galaxy Fold, the Razr claims to be splash-proof, with a stronger screen. 

Keep reading for preorder information, and catch up on what the Motorola Razr is like to use.

When can I buy the Razr?

The Motorola Razr was originally supposed to go on sale Dec. 26 but was delayed. Now that it’s back on the menu, here are two dates to keep in mind.

Sunday, Jan. 26: Preorders for the Razr will open at Verizon, Walmart and Motorola.com. Keep an eye out for launch dates in other markets.

Thursday, Feb. 6: The Razr’s official release date in stores. 

Cost

There’s only one model of the Razr, and it’ll cost you $1,499 for 128GB of storage. Scroll to the end for all the phone’s specs.

Motorola Razr Foldable Flip phone

Motorola Razr Foldable Flip phone

Here’s what the Razr looks like all folded up.

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Motorola Razr is a Verizon Wireless exclusive in the US

Once preorders open, there’s only one wireless carrier where you can buy and use the Razr: Verizon. You can sign up for Verizon’s payment plan of $63 per month for 24 months, or pay full price for the foldable phone.

Order it from Motorola

You’ll also be able to order the new Razr directly from Motorola, through its website. Note that you’ll still need to get a Verizon SIM card to use mobile data or any of cellular features.

Select Walmart stores will carry it

There’s no word on exactly which Walmart stores will keep the new Razr in stock, but Motorola has said that “select Walmart locations” will stock the device. We recommend you call your local store about inventory before jumping in the car.  

Outside the US

In the UK, EE will be the Motorola Razr’s exclusive carrier seller. The network has a registration page if you want to keep up to date on the sale date and price. 

We also know that Motorola will sell the Razr in Canada, and in select European markets across Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Motorola Razr specs

Motorola Razr
Display size, resolution Internal: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142x876p pixels (21:9) / External: 2.7-inch glass OLED, 800×600-pixels (4:3)
Pixel density 373ppi (internal screen)
Dimensions (inches) Unfolded: 6.8 x 2.8 x 0.28 in. / Folded: 3.7 x 2.8 x 0.55 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) Unfolded: 172 x 7 2 x 6.9mm / Folded: 94 x 72 x 14mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 7.2 oz.; 205g
Mobile software Android 9 Pie
Camera 16-megapixel external (f/1.7, dual pixel AF), 5-megapixel internal
Front-facing camera Same as main 16-megapixel external
Video capture 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2.2GHz, octa-core)
Storage 128GB
RAM 6GB
Expandable storage None
Battery 2,510 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Below screen
Connector USB-C
Headphone jack None
Special features Foldable display, eSIM, Motorola gestures, splashproof
Price off-contract (USD) $1,499
Price (GBP) Converts to £1,170
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$2,185

Originally published late last year. Updated with new sale information.

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