Motorola Delays Its Much-Awaited Razr Reboot

Posted on December 20, 2019 by Mehedi Hassan in Android, Hardware with 11 Comments

Back in November, Motorola surprised everyone with the reveal of its new Razr phone. The company is bringing back the iconic Razr brand with a new foldable Android phone, and it’s everything you’d hope for.

Motorola was originally supposed to start taking pre-orders for the Razr on December 26 and start shipping the device in January 2020. But it is now delaying the release of the device.

The company today announced that due to the ‘unparalleled excitement and interest from consumers’, the demand for the new Razr has apparently outgrown its supply predictions. The high demand has forced Motorola to slightly delay both the pre-order and launch date of the new device. It’s possible there are potential technical problems that could be the main reason behind Motorola delaying the new Razr, but the company is claiming that the delay is caused by high demand.

Motorola isn’t saying exactly when the new Razr will now launch, but it says there won’t be a significant delay. “We are working to determine the appropriate quantity and schedule to ensure that more consumers have access to razr at launch. We do not anticipate a significant shift from our original availability timeline,” the company said in an official statement.

With Samsung working on a similar clamshell foldable device, Motorola will need to get the Razr out as soon as possible. Considering the device’s specs are pretty mid-range, and costs $1,499, it’d be surprising if the device gets a lot of mainstream traction.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Motorola Delays Its Much-Awaited Razr Reboot”

  1. illuminated

    Finally the phone with a touchscreen that can be used and dropped without a protective case. I hope to see it reasonably priced in a few years. Tired of having to treat every new cellphone like some sort of fragile unfinished science project.

  2. MikeGalos

    Once a product misses the Holiday Shopping Season train (which means completed in July) it might as well slip.

  3. jchampeau

    "Unparalleled excitement and interest from consumers" doesn't sound like a good reason to delay accepting orders. In fact, one could logically conclude that accepting pre-orders should absolutely begin on time if people are excited and/or interested.

  4. sandeepm

    Seems like it would be hard to type with that bulge at the bottom

  5. remc86007

    Anything but the best processor available is entirely unacceptable at $1,499.

    • red.radar

      In reply to remc86007:

      This isn’t ment to be a flagship spec queen. People attracted to the functionality and simplicity of this device are not going to be bothered to know what processor is in the device.

      Besides... smartphone processors have been overSpec’d for a while. Your just paying to watch it throttle quickly.

      • remc86007

        In reply to red.radar:

        I strongly disagree. I don't care about lower core counts or smaller gpus, because those are often overspeced, but the 30% slower clockspeed is completely unacceptable because websites are going to load 30% slower than on a flagship phone. Who wants to pay $1,499 for a phone and have it perform like a IPhone 7?

        • red.radar

          In reply to remc86007:

          Because for 90% of the market the iPhone 7 is still a great phone.

          And the people who use this device are not going to surf the web on it. They will make phone calls, listen to media, take a picture and run some basic apps to get basic information, interact with IOT devices and play a puzzle game.

          why do you need a flag ship processor to do those tasks? This device’s interest is about its form and the utility it brings. That is what will get people to spend 1500 bucks.

          The original Moto X was a perfect example. Everyone went quad core but the moto x stayed dual core. It performed as well as the quad core competition because it sustained its clock better for the thermal envelope. Just saying a 30% lower clocked device may not be a bad thing.

          • wright_is

            In reply to red.radar:

            And for a phone in the $200 - $500 range, that is perfectly acceptable. We are talking about a device that is more expensive than current flagship devices, yet is under specified and Moto isn't exactly a name that can demand those sort of prices for underspecified kit - especially when it is a throw-back to a cheap-and-cheeful phone from yesteryear.

  6. angusmatheson

    I loved my old flip phone motor razr. I still have in a drawer. In many ways my current smart phone falls painfully short - comfort in pocket, comfort on ear during phone call, reception, battery life. I’m not sure a foldable smart phone really solves any of those problems though.

  7. james_rainey

    Wishing I could afford one. I'm partial to this design.