GOOD NEWS, DADS; Motorola has confirmed that it's working on a foldable smartphone that'll likely reboot the iconic Razr's old-school flip-phone design.
Earlier this year, a WSJ report claimed a return of the Moto Razer was on the cards. Motorola has this week all-but-confirmed the online chatter, with its VP of Global Product, Dan Dery telling Engadget that the firm is working on a folding device that will launch "no later than everybody else in the market."
The Engadget interview also appears to confirm that the device, as the WSJ's report had suggested, won't have a display on the exterior of the phone, with Moto instead opting for a clamshell design and an inward-facing primary screen.
A recent patent filing (above) illustrates the handset's folding mechanism as horizontal, much like Motorola's Razer flip-phone.
Dery admits that while the outer-screen design adopted by Huawei - and partially by Samsung - is "the nicest and the purest" approach to foldables, it will likely lead to damaged and scratched displays.
"We have been testing a plastic OLED device with plastic film on top," Der remarked. "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."
The interview doesn't tell us much else, but earlier rumours suggest it'll be, er, a bit more expensive than the original Moto Razr at $1,500 (around £1,125).
Motorola might not be the only company working on a, er, Moto Razr reboot; a series of patents filed by Apple with the US Patent and Trademark Office suggest that Cupertino is also planning to focus its foldable efforts on a clamshell-type device. µ
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