Motorola’s New Foldable Set Coming Soon This Year
Motorola has confirmed the release of their new foldable set, and it will be coming along this year, and it shows along the razr foldable concept. Following several different leaks, it is now confirmed that Motorola’s new 2023 iteration of the razr foldable set is said to be coming very soon. This has also been said by the CEO of the tech giant Lenovo. Some people might not know this, and they might be wondering what’s Lenovo got to do with this, they now actually own the brand Motorola.
The Razr is a very popular product series of the brand, some might say that it’s the most iconic of their series and it was first introduced to us in 2004, then it soon became one of the most popular flip phones of the 2000s. However, the first original of this series with the original Razr launched in 2019 and they decided to re-launch the series, which was just a few months ahead of the Galaxy Z flip of Samsung.
Then Motorola went on to release a sequel of this model with a revised design and added 5G support to the device in 2020, and they continued to debut the third iteration last year which had better specifications than before and they had a revamped design. However, most people don’t know about this model as it never came to the United States and remained in the Chinese market.
When Motorola came out with a foldable smartphone in 2020 they became one of the first smartphone companies to launch a device with a bendable screen, and right now the Razr holds its folding feature, but instead of a hinge the device depends on the bending of the actual screen which makes the phone bending.
Speaking to CNBC, the CEO of Lenovo Yuanqing Yang confirmed the arrival of this set and stated that it will be coming very soon at the mobile world congress in Barcelona and said that the reception to the Razr is good. He also illustrated that this version of the device is much better than the previous ones.
“I think it’s much better,” Yang exclaimed of the yet unlaunched device.
The 2023 model of this device is said to be arriving in a much more competitive space for this form factor. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip has also shown remarkable results and has proven to be a resounding success for the company, and currently holds the title of the most popular foldable phone so far.
Oppo has also decided to arrive in the competition with their own take on this form factor, and they have reached this new form of a smartphone with their Oppo Find N2 flip, so in the past few weeks a number of players have decided to unveil a foldable smartphone model of their own, the vendors include major brands like Honor and Oppo in China.
Foldable phones are held accountable for only 1.1% of the entire shipping of smartphones in 2022, according to research done by the IDC, and they are only expected to increase to about 2.8% by 2026. However, they are seen as a way to push into the higher end of the smartphone market by the electronics makers.
An exact timeline for the 2023 model has not been specified, but the recent leaks have mentioned the month of June so it’s potentially a June date, so we know what to expect at least for now.
The foldable smartphone makers said that the improvements will be mostly focused on the hinge and the applications of this device in the future and their aim would be to not form a line on the screen for their device, Yang said this is where the next generation of their device will see most of the improvements and this is where is targeted to improve overall in its current situation.
Yung has also hinted that the price of this model is said to be quite high at the beginning but it’s also said to go down in the future which could make the market bigger. “When the technology becomes mature, then the price could go down then you can drive higher volume,” Yung said. Motorola is also playing with the market by adding a rollable smartphone to its arsenal, and they are currently experimenting with different shapes for smartphones.