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Motorola Razr folding phone to go on sale in Australia on February 24 for $2,699

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Motorola has announced the comeback of its iconic Razr clamshell-style smartphone but this time out it has been re-imagined with a folding display. It will go on sale in Australia on February 24.

Customers can now pre-order the device through Telstra, JB Hi-Fi and Motorola’s online store.

It will be priced at $2,699.

The US launch, set down originally for last week, had to be delayed until early February because the huge number of pre-orders exceeded Motorola’s manufacturing speed.

In other words, they couldn’t make them fast enough.  But that issue has now been addressed for the US launch and for the Australian launch on February 24.

The device has a 6.2-inch internal foldable pOLED display that folds down flat to a thickness of just 14mm.

Tech Guide took a hands on look at the device ahead of its launch.

The folding screen is quite impressive and it opens up to almost completely flat and smooth.

And when folded it’s small enough to easily fit in your pocket.

Motorola engineered both the screen and the zero-gap hinge mechanism internally and went through 26 prototypes before settling on this final design.

When closed the device is completely flush to protect the internal display from debris and dust.

On the outside when closed the Motorola Razr has a 2.6-inch OLED touchscreen to see your notifications and frame up your selfies.

In this closed mode users can still make calls, reply to messages, control music and pay with a tap.

When it is unfolded the 6.2-inch Flex View display opens up to full size in its 21:9 aspect ratio.

This offers plenty of space to browse the web and view your apps and, when turned sideways, a great way to watch movies and other video content.

The new Motorola Razr harkens back to the original model in the early 2000s before the iPhone was even a rumour.

It was one of the most popular phones of its time.

“The old Razr was a fashion icon that defined a generation and became an integral part of pop culture,” says Danny Adamopolous, general manager of sales, APAC for mature markets, Motorola.

“The new Razr takes those elements we cherish so fondly and flips them on its head to carve out a truly revolutionary and unique smartphone experience that you simply can’t get anywhere else.

“At a time when smartphones are getting bigger and bigger, Razr’s going compact.

“When you need a more immersive experience, Razr unfolds to Flex View display which offers the functionality you’re used to.

“When it’s time to go, simply flip Razr shut and enjoy its sleek, portable design that makes it the perfect size to slip in your pocket.

“This is a momentous time for Motorola in Australia and we are absolutely thrilled to be bringing this revolutionary device to Aussie shores.”

The Motorola Razr is the first smartphone in Australia to be launched with only an onboard eSIM.

This means customers won’t need to insert a physical SIM card.

Instead they will scan a QR code from their telco and their SIM information will be imprinted on the internal eSIM chip.

The device also has no headphone jack but it does come with a pair of Denon earphones that plug directly to the USB-C port.

On the battery side, the Razr has 2,510mAh of capacity which has actually been split between two lithium ion cells – one on either side of the screen to give it a more balanced feel. It also has TurboPower fast charging.

The Motorola Razr will be priced at $2,699 and will go on sale on February 24. Preorders can now be made through Telstra, JB Hi-Fi and Motorola.

Stay tuned for a full review on Tech Guide in the coming weeks.