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Tech & Science Motorola confirms its foldable phone is coming, and it could look like a RAZR

06:55  28 february  2019
06:55  28 february  2019 Source:   theverge.com

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Confirming previous reports that it was working on a foldable phone , Motorola says it is planning to launch its Following reports that Motorola would, too, get into the folding smartphone scene, the company today confirmed in an interview with Engadget that it is working on a folding device that

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Motorola confirms its foldable phone is coming, and it could look like a RAZR© Image: Motorola Mobility LLC

Following reports that Motorola would, too, get into the folding smartphone scene, the company today confirmed in an interview with Engadget that it is working on a folding device that would launch “[no] later than everybody else in the market.”

That puts Motorola’s timeline at sometime this year at the latest, with Samsung due to launch its Galaxy Fold in April and Huawei’s Mate X in mid-2019. Motorola usually holds an annual smartphone launch event around August.

That time last year, it announced its 5G-ready Moto Z3 with the 5G Moto Mod, so we’ll likely get a glimpse at Motorola’s take on foldable screens this summer.

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Consider the flip- phone -inspired design seen in Motorola 's patent filing. It clearly depicts a smartphone (with distinct RAZR - like styling) that features a That clamshell foldable only represents one avenue of interest for Motorola though. Dery confirmed that Motorola is also exploring the possibility of a

phone is coming , and it could look like a RAZR : TCL working on foldable phones , one could turn into a watch? Dery also notes that Motorola is exploring different takes on a foldable screen as well, including a singular ZTE’s vision of a foldable phone looks nothing like what we saw at MWC.

The Engadget interview also confirms that the design would not feature a screen on the outside of the device like we’ve seen with the Galaxy Fold and Mate X. A recent patent filing illustrates this folding mechanism as horizontal, much like Motorola’s RAZR flip phone.

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“We have been testing a plastic OLED device with plastic film on top,” Motorola VP of Global Product Dan Dery told Engadget. “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.”

Dery also notes that Motorola is exploring different takes on a foldable screen as well, including a singular screen that could fold twice. The intent is to minimize potential scratch-related defects. “When you know the scratching issues you would be facing, you will have something that is very rapidly not usable,” Dery said.

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It looks like Motorola 's rumoured folding phone could be a reborn Motorola Razr (Image credit It 's not really a foldable phone , but it does kind of look like one, and it doubles as a case you can snap shut. Samsung has finally unveiled its long-awaited foldable smartphone on-stage during Galaxy.

It looks like Motorola 's rumoured folding phone could be a reborn Motorola Razr (Image credit It 's not really a foldable phone , but it does kind of look like one, and it doubles as a case you can snap shut. Samsung has finally unveiled its long-awaited foldable smartphone on-stage during Galaxy.

If the RAZR were to make a comeback, or if Motorola could figure out a way to make smartphones fold into smaller sizes, it’d be targeting a lot of different demographics: those who are ready to invest in foldable screens, those who miss the nostalgia of the RAZR phone, and those who’ve long wished smartphones just fit better in smaller pockets (myself and a million other women included.)

Reviving old phones is also a popular strategy these days; HMD-owned Nokia last year re-released the updated Nokia 3310 and Nokia 8110 to much fanfare, though they were primarily advertised as novelty products than feature phones.

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ZTE’s vision of a foldable phone looks nothing like what we saw at MWC.
Chinese smartphone maker ZTE has previously patented a design for a horizontally folding tablet-like device, and it now it seems the brand may also be considering a foldable display for use in an upcoming smartphone design. A new patent filing has been published suggesting as much and is already leading to speculation that whatever ZTE ultimately moves forward with could end up going head-to-head with the forthcoming Motorola RAZR once it’s released.

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