Motorola Razr with 5G could be dropping on Sept. 9 - CNET

In 2019, Motorola released a new version of its best-selling flip phone from 2004. Angela Lang/CNET Motorola&

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In 2019, Motorola released a new version of its best-selling flip phone from 2004.

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Motorola revived its iconic Razr flip phone last year, and now the company is apparently working to launch an upgraded sequel in North America as soon as this September.

Motorola teased an upcoming virtual event slated for Sept. 9 last week, which it's described as "getting ready to flip the smartphone experience once again." The Chicago-based company didn't provide further details, but a couple of months ago Thibault Dousson, Lenovo South Africa's general manager, revealed in a tech podcast that the next version of Motorola's revived Razr was imminent.

Motorola sent out invitations to media with this teaser.


"There's a new iteration [of the Razr] coming up. There's one in September I think, coming up," he said just after the 18-minute mark.

The "Razr 2" (unofficial name) is expected to feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 765 processor, which is 5G-capable, along with a larger 2,845-mAh battery, up from the 2,510-mAh battery found in the 2019 phone, according to a May report by XDA Developers citing a source. It'll also feature 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, a 48-megapixel rear camera along with Android 10 support out of the box.

Motorola could not be reached for comment.

When 2019's Razr went on sale in the US in early February it was the first of a new generation of vertically foldable smartphones to hit the market. Its specifications include the Snapdragon 710 chipset, a 16-megapixel rear camera, and 6GB RAM paired with 128 GB internal storage. Although it was praised for its inventive hinge mechanism and the engineering marvel that it represented, the phone was widely criticized for lacking high-end specs given its $1,500 price. In addition, concerns were raised over the phone's durability. 

Motorola's original Razr phone from 2004 was the best-selling phone of all time before Apple snatched the crown with the iPhone several years later. 

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