Motorola’s Foldable RAZR Phone Will Probably Launch Soon

The company said in a new interview it doesn’t intent to launch “later than everybody else in the market.”

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Motorola has been rumored to be working on a foldable phone ever since a Wall Street Journal report surfaced back in January. Since then, sketches of the so-called RAZR reboot have made their way to the web which appear to show a device with a screen that folds in half, the same way the classic RAZR operated minus the bendable display. Now, Motorola is saying its own foldable phone will soon make its way to the market.

Dan Dery, Motorola’s vice president of global product, participated in an interview with Engadget which was published today where he stated the company had “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market” in regards to the imminent release of its foldable phone. Therefore, we can likely expect Moto’s first foldable to become official by summer, fall at the latest.

“We started to work on foldables a long time ago,” Dery admits in the interview. “And we have been doing a lot of iteration.”

“We have been testing a plastic OLED device with plastic film on top. The fact that you’re touching [that kind of display] with your nails is scratching it. It has a short life right away; it starts dying the day you unpack it. But it’s beautiful. That first day, it’s beautiful.”

Because of this, Motorola confirms it won’t be including the display on the outside of the device, corroborating rumors that the foldable will have an inny screen. “When you know the scratching issues you would be facing, you will have something that is very rapidly not usable,” he said while stating the company’s reasoning for keeping the screen inside the device.

That being said, the company is exploring other foldable display designs. Dery said while the clamshell (a.k.a. the RAZR design) is one way to do it, another would be a tri-fold that would leave a third of the device’s screen exposed while in phone mode. It isn’t clear what Motorola’s final design will look like, but if the rumors rule out to be true, we’ll be seeing the former before the latter.

It’s unclear exactly how far away we are from seeing Motorola’s foldable smartphone launch. The company typically has a smartphone event in August, so we could see it there. Whenever the company decides to unveil the device, we’ll be sure to bring you updates.

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