The Motorola Razr (pronounced /ˈrzər/ like "razor") is a brand of design-oriented mobile phones manufactured by Motorola Mobility (previously Motorola), a division of Lenovo. Its current iteration since 2019, styled motorola razr, consist of foldable smartphones reminiscent of the original Razr line of flip phones.

Motorola Razr
DeveloperMotorola (2004–2011), Motorola Mobility (2011–present)
TypeMobile phone
Release dateMotorola Razr V3: 2004; 20 years ago (2004)
Motorola Razr2: 2007; 17 years ago (2007)
Motorola Droid Razr: 2011; 13 years ago (2011)
Motorola Razr: 2020; 4 years ago (2020)
Lifespan2004–2009, 2011–2014, 2019–present
Operating systemVarious
PredecessorMotorola StarTAC
RelatedMotorola KRZR, Motorola PEBL, Motorola Moto
The Razr V3i was sold during the height of the popularity of the Razr series.

The original Razr model (then styled RAZR), the Razr V3, was a flip phone released in 2004 with a remarkably thin and fashionable look. It became extremely popular, leading to the release of a variety of different Razr models. The line was succeeded by the Motorola Razr2 flip phones in 2007. The Razr later evolved into a line of non-flip devices in 2011, Droid Razr (known simply as the "Motorola RAZR" on non-Verizon networks), bearing design similarities to the originals. Razr was revived again in 2019, this time evolving into all-screen clamshell and foldables.

V3 – the original Razr edit

Two RAZR V3xx phones (2006)

The Razr V3 was introduced in 2004.

Razr2 – second-generation Razr flip phones edit

The Razr2 was the successor to the Razr series. The Razr2 was 2 mm thinner than its predecessor but slightly wider. Some versions featured Motorola's MotoMagx operational platform, based on the MontaVista Linux OS. The Razr2 was made available on every US carrier, and EVDO, GSM and HSDPA versions of it were released by late 2007. The Razr2 line consisted of 4 models: V8, V9, V9m, and V9x.[1]

The phone improved picture quality, speed, and multimedia capabilities over the original Razr. It also featured an external screen with touch-sensitive buttons which allowed users to use some of the phone features without opening it, and Motorola's CrystalTalk technology to improve call quality and help reduce background noise.[2] Different color variants were released, including a Luxury Edition and a Ferrari Edition.

However, Razr2 sales were not as good as the original V3 series, with consumers moving to competing products.[3] Because Motorola relied so long upon the Razr and its derivatives[4][5] and was slow to develop new products in the growing market for feature-rich touchscreen and 3G phones,[6] the Razr appeal declined, leading Motorola to eventually drop behind Samsung and LG in market share for mobile phones.[7] Motorola's strategy of grabbing market share by selling tens of millions of low-cost Razrs cut into margins and resulted in heavy losses in the cellular division.[8][9] The cell phone division became part of Motorola Mobility in 2011 as a result of the Motorola split.[10]

Droid Razr – candybar smartphones edit

Motorola RAZR (XT910)

The Razr brand returned in 2011 with the introduction of the Motorola Droid Razr smartphone (the "Droid" name only used by Verizon in the USA). The line shared its trademark thinness and stylized tapered corners with the original.[11][12] The line included:

The Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr M were succeeded by the Droid MAXX and Droid Mini respectively.

Razr – foldable smartphones (since 2020) edit

In November 2019, Motorola Mobility revived the Razr again as a foldable smartphone, which is styled after the clamshell form factor of the original models.[13][14] The Motorola Razr (2020), also called the Razr 2019, depending on the source,[15] has a design reminiscent of the classic Razr V3. It was designed with nostalgia in mind – its design was supposed to remind people of the early 21st century, a time many look back at with fondness and sentiment. It was supposed to be a capable, modern, Android-running smartphone with a "high-tech" folding display and advanced modern features such as a fingerprint sensor, inside of a body that already felt familiar to many. It features a display that folds vertically, like the familiar V3 and other Razr models from the 2000s.

Motorola Mobility presented the phone on November 14, 2019.[15] It was priced at $1,499 and initially only available on Verizon Wireless.[13][14] The phone was originally expected to launch in January 2020, but was subsequently delayed until February 6, 2020.[16][17] When it launched, it was received with mixed reviews. Many reviewers felt it was too expensive for its specifications. Its camera, battery life, weak build quality, and price were criticized, while the design and software were praised. PC Magazine summed it up: "Motorola [Mobility]'s gorgeous folding Razr doesn't deliver the performance you expect from a $1,500 phone".[18] The Verge wrote harshly: "I wish I could tell you exactly where I think the Motorola Razr went wrong, but there are too many options to choose from".[19]

On September 9, 2020, Motorola Mobility announced the second generation of Motorola Razr (2020), called the Razr 5G.[20] The second generation included many improvements over the first generation and was initially priced at $1399.99 in the US. It was, however, also criticized for reasons similar to the first phone. The Verge wrote: "It’s better than the original in every way but still costs too much".[21] More successors have been released: this line consists of:

  • Motorola Razr (2020), ann. November 2019
  • Motorola Razr 5G, ann. September 2020[22]
  • Motorola Razr (2022), ann. August 2022[23]
  • Motorola Razr 40 (known as Motorola Razr in the U.S.), ann. June 2023[24]
  • Motorola Razr 40 Ultra (known as Motorola Razr Plus in the U.S.), ann. June 2023[24]

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ Ziegler, Chris (May 15, 2007). "The Motorola RAZR 2". Engadget. Retrieved June 13, 2022.
  2. ^ "motorola US – unlocked cell phones & modular smartphones".
  3. ^ "Thin Razr 2 sales cause slide in Motorola share price". Ottawa Citizen. January 5, 2008. Archived from the original on January 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Crockett, Roger (January 24, 2010). "What Can Brown Do for Motorola?". Business Week. Archived from the original on June 4, 2012. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  5. ^ Reardon, Marguerite (May 15, 2007). "Is Motorola's cell phone revamp enough?". CNET. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  6. ^ Lappin, Joan (February 20, 2007). "Motorola's Zander Has Real Trouble Now". Forbes. Retrieved December 15, 2010.
  7. ^ "Motorola to Split Into Two After Phone Sales Slide (Update10)". Bloomberg. March 26, 2008. Retrieved April 2, 2009.
  8. ^ Bartash, Jeffry (November 30, 2007). "Struggling Motorola back in a familiar position". Market Watch. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  9. ^ Reardon, Marguerite (February 13, 2008). "Motorola hopes to revive cell phone biz". CNET. Retrieved June 11, 2022.
  10. ^ Ante, Spencer E. (January 4, 2011). "Motorola Split Will Impart More Focus". The Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on January 6, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2023.
  11. ^ Banks, Emily (October 18, 2011). "Motorola Unveils Droid Razr, World's Thinnest Smartphone". Mashable. Retrieved November 18, 2011.
  12. ^ Shukla, Gaurav (October 18, 2011). "Motorola Razr debuts, coming in November". Retrieved November 19, 2011.
  13. ^ a b Gartenberg, Chaim (November 13, 2019). "Motorola resurrects the Razr as a foldable Android smartphone". The Verge. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Motorola's revived RAZR is a fashion-forward foldable". Engadget. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  15. ^ a b "Motorola Razr 2019 – Full phone specifications". Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  16. ^ Wong, Raymond. "Motorola delays its super hot Razr foldable phone". Input Magazine. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  17. ^ Joshua, Topoloski. "The Motorola Razr launch is an unmitigated disaster". Input Magazine. Retrieved February 6, 2020.
  18. ^ "Motorola Razr (2020) Review". PCMAG. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  19. ^ Bohn, Dieter (February 13, 2020). "Motorola Razr review: folding flip phone flops". The Verge. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  20. ^ "Motorola Razr 5G – Full phone specifications". Retrieved May 13, 2021.
  21. ^ Bohn, Dieter (October 28, 2020). "Motorola Razr (2020) review: 5G folding flip phone feels fine". The Verge. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  22. ^ McGregor, Janhoi. "Motorola Razr 5G Ready To Fight Samsung With Surprise New Price". Forbes. Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  23. ^ "2022 Motorola Razr Arrives in China With a Bigger Screen, Second Camera". CNET. Retrieved July 14, 2023.
  24. ^ a b Phelan, David. "Motorola Launches RAZR 2023 Phone With Features Samsung Can't Beat". Forbes. Retrieved July 14, 2023.

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