When it comes to folding smartphones, there are two entries that have been brought to the tablet by mainstream OEMs: the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. The devices pack large folding s and are powered by burly octa-core processors; the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 on the former, and the Kirin 980 on the latter.
However, each of those smartphones is priced through the stratosphere. The Galaxy Fold carries a price tag of $1,980, while the Mate X will set you back a whopping $2,600. Motorola may be going for the more practical approach with its upcoming RAZR remake, as witnessed by the specs that the folks over at XDA-Developers were able to dig up on the folding smartphone.
According to the publication, the RAZR is being developed under the codename Voyager. The device will reportedly launch as a carrier-locked exclusive to Verizon Wireless, but we’re unsure if there will be unlocked versions (like other Motorola phones) that will work on any wireless carrier. Unlike the Samsung and Huawei phones that make use of flagship SoCs, the RAZR would instead use the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710. The Snapdragon 710 is an octa-core design that was announced in mid-2018 that was designed for devices in the upper end of the mid-range segment.
The SoC will be paired with either 4GB or 6GB of RAM along with 64GB or 128GB of storage respectively. The RAM and storage figures seem relatively low given what we’re used to with today’s flagship devices, but it’s likely that there will at least be a microSD slot to expand storage. The battery looks to be a bit on the smaller side as well, coming in at 2730 mAh.
However, the most important aspect of the device will no doubt be its folding display. Here, XDA-Developers say that the RAZR will feature a 6.2-inch folding panel with a resolution of 876×2142 (portrait orientation) when unfurled. When closed, a secondary display with a resolution of 600×800 will be your primary interaction with the smartphone. Finally, the device is said to be available in White, Black or Gold.
Of course, all of this information is unverified at this point, but we do know for a fact that Motorola is working on a folding smartphone for release this year. “We started to work on foldables a long time ago,” said Motorola VP of Global Product Dan Dery in an interview last month. “And we have been doing a lot of iteration.”