Remember the Motorola Razr? A new report says it’s coming back as a foldable $1,500 phone


Remember the Motorola Razr from the early 2000s? Motorola’s super-thin, metallic flip phone that was the “it” phone before the iPhone and Galaxy started a smartphone revolution.

Well, if a new report is to be believed, it will soon be making a comeback.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Lenovo, which owns the Motorola brand after buying it from Google in 2014, plans to bring back the Razr as a new phone with a foldable screen.

While additional details on the phone, such as its screen size or if it will have support for 5G, remain unknown, the Journal says that Lenovo is working with Verizon to release the phone, possibly as soon as next month.

The report also says that the phone will start at $1,500, putting on a sky-high price on the futuristic bit of nostalgia.

When asked to confirm if the Razr was making a comeback by USA TODAY, Motorola responded with a video depicting the “shrug” emoticon, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯,  and the company’s logo.

Prior to the iPhone and Galaxy, the Motorola Razr was the phone to buy among flip phones. Initially released in 2004 as the Razr V3, the line set off a new trend for super-thin, stylish phones. The phone was so popular that Motorola sold more than 130 million units in four years, according to Bloomberg.

While the use of a foldable screen would be nostalgic, this isn’t the first time Motorola or Verizon tried to resurrect the Razr brand. The two companies have partnered in the past on a series of thin Droid Razr Android smartphones in 2011 and 2012, though each of those devices had traditional, non-folding displays.

February could be a big month for foldable phones. After first previewing a foldable smartphone display late last year Samsung is rumored to announce a new foldable phone at its next Galaxy event on Feb. 20.