The Motorola Razr is officially back with the latest tech, but it's way more expensive
Motorola officially unveiled its long-anticipated Razr reboot on Wednesday and the popular flip phone from 2004 got a facelift, foldable screen and hefty price tag.
Think of it as a futuristic take on the classic flip phone, but with faults.
The replicated Razr has a similar form to the original, only it looks a little wider. It still fits in your pocket and you can dramatically slam it closed to end a phone call. The keyboard was replaced with a touchscreen and it uses an Android interface.
On the outside of the clamshell design is a second, 2.7-inch glass-covered OLED display that can show your notifications when the phone is closed. Motorola calls it the Quick View display.
"Whatever you see on Quick View magically moves to the larger Flex View display the moment you flip open," Motorola says. It has an innovate hinge that allows the phone to close without a gap.
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Motorola Razr is back:Will a pricey foldable 'retro' phone sell?
The original Razr flip phone cost around $300, the new one is $1,500. The revamped Razr is more expensive than the iPhone 11 and Samsung's Galaxy S10, but less expensive than the $2,000 Galaxy Fold.
The screen on the Razr folds without a permanent crease, for now. However, reviewers have said the processor is slow and the sleek design seems to attract a lot of visible fingerprints.
Motorola unveiled the new phone at an L.A. launch party following months of leaks and speculation.
In its heyday, the Razr was thin, and one of the best selling phones, until the iPhone dethroned it. The most popular phones for the past 10 years or so have been rectangular slabs with large screens and rounded corners.
Still, foldable phones may be on the cusp of a renaissance as manufacturers over the past year have increased smartphone offerings that open and close. This strategy comes as consumer interest has tempered over new models – and buyers are upgrading less often.
While chatter surrounding foldable phones is a loud as its ever been, it's unclear if consumers are willing to shell out $1,500 for a futuristic piece of nostalgia.
The Razr is launching in January of next year.
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Cultureby Sam Manzella 11/24/2019
As a 12-year-old in suburban New York circa 2008, the only thing that mattered more to me than Tegan and Sara’s The Con was my first cell phone: the baby pink Motorola Razr.
Obtaining it was an arduous journey—by which I mean begging my parents for the model I wanted after I’d painstakingly convinced them that a phone was a necessity, not a luxury, took months. Finally holding that delightfully tacky, indestructible hunk of metal in my hands felt momentous, as if I’d been awarded a talisman to guard me in my journey through adolescence. This clunky, pocket-sized flip phone was mine—mine to text with, mine to call friends on, mine to deck out with charms and stickers like the hawt accessory it was. And, like most things I loved in my youth, I maintain that it played a part in making me the proudly queer adult I am today.
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Motorola debuted V1 of the Razr mobile phone in 2004, years before I’d get my grubby hands on my first cell. It’s been touted as the device that originated and popularized the flip phone, which would go on to become a ubiquitous design choice among less pricey cell phone models. Mind you, the Razr was still the “it” phone of choice among hip youngsters during the proliferation of the Blackberry (beginning in 2006 or 2007) and the launch of Apple’s first iPhone (also in 2007, though it was widely viewed as a luxury item when it first hit the market).
Though the Razr never quite achieved the meme-worthy status of the Nokia 3310, as Gizmodo astutely pointed out earlier this year, in the mid-2000s, “it felt like everyone had one, and if you didn’t, you almost certainly knew a bunch of people that did.”
With its slender, distinctive design, the Razr was a pioneer—a fact Motorola knew well and even tried to use for social good. Not unlike Axe body spray, the Razr was an ally to the LGBTQ community, with a portion of proceeds from the red version of the phone benefitting the fight to end HIV/AIDS internationally as early as 2006.
Less woke, but also important: The OG Razr featured a front-facing camera that could capture both normal pictures and selfies. For context, this feature predated the iPhone’s first front-facing camera by six years—and popular use of the word “selfie” in the American English vernacular by almost a decade. Instagays, you listenin’? You might owe Motorola a thank-you.
As it turns out, I’m not the only LGBTQ adult who harbors vivid memories of this very early-aughts gadget. Portia, a queer woman, recalls her pink Razr fondly. It was her first phone with an unlimited texting plan, she tells NewNowNext, and she remembers “the hours I used to press each button a hundred times to get a sentence out.”
Marisa, who identifies as bisexual, remembers the pink Razr being the “token ’cool girl’ item” in the eighth grade. She speculates that the phone making an appearance on a Disney Channel show might’ve had something to do with it, but whatever the cause, it worked out in her favor: “Pink was my favorite color, and I desperately wanted to be a cool girl because they got to sit with the other cool girls—braiding each other’s hair while sharing snacks and secrets. Now that I’m out and looking back on it, it all makes sense.”
And Lisa, also a queer woman, loved the hot pink color because it stood out from other all-black cell phones. “It had big Elle Woods energy,” she tells NewNowNext, “and I was into it.”
I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that my pink Razr doubled as a tangible manifestation of the first time I felt the need to conform to my peers. The gadgets I owned prior to my Razr—my teal iPod Nano, the blue second-hand laptop I used to write posts on LiveJournal and Blogger—were all in “boy’s colors,” which I innately preferred. Being queer or bucking gender norms weren’t even blips on the radar of my consciousness yet; all I knew was that I secretly disliked pink, while the vast majority of girls in my small town brandished their pink accessories like swords, ready to defend their popularity and assert their femininity at a moment’s notice.
Somewhere along the line, my apathy toward fitting in morphed into anxiety, and getting that first cell phone—the right first cell phone—was of the utmost importance. I wouldn’t come to this conclusion until much later, when the combined fogs of teenage angst, peer pressure, and internalized homophobia had finally lifted. In the moment, my Razr was my prized possession, arguably the coolest and most valuable thing I’d ever owned.
That might be true in 2020, too. Last Thursday, Motorola (which, believe it or not, still makes cell phones and other gadgets) announced it would be introducing a reimagined Razr in the coming months. The new phone will be a flip-style smartphone (yes, you read that right) with specs that rival other contemporary smartphones on the market.
Available exclusively through Verizon at $1,499.99 USD a pop, it’s not cheap, but what it lacks in affordability it makes up for in nostalgia factor.
I just have one question for Motorola: Does the new Razr come in pink?
By Mark Wilsonlong Read
This is the first installment in The Design of Y2K, a series telling the stories behind the most influential products of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
“I’ll be honest, and this is a funny story to tell. Initially in design, we didn’t want the chin.”
Today, Paul Pierce is a distinguished designer at Motorola. But 15 years ago, he was on the original design team of the Razr—the impossibly thin phone that would go on to change everything—and he wasn’t so sure about how it was shaping up. Specifically, he wasn’t sure about that big chin.
Before the Razr was released in 2004, phones had evolved into chunks of expensive plastic. Whether it was the Nokia 3310 candy bar or some silver-sprayed clamshell phone from Sanyo or Samsung, the devices were positioned as functional technologies. And as technology evolved—with the introduction of bigger, color screens and cameras—they kept getting thicker. Breakthroughs from Finland, Japan, and Korea were slowly pushing us in the direction of giant devices that barely squeezed into a pocket. (Sound familiar?)
And then there was Motorola. A U.S. company with a design team working out of Libertyville, Illinois—a small, remote suburb of Chicago with a main street that’s every bit as Americana as the name implies. Motorola had built the world’s first cellphone in the 1970s, an influential 32-bit processor that would revolutionize computing at companies like Apple in the 1980s, and the radio towers that enabled the mobile revolution in the 1990s. It had single-handedly dominated the global cellphone market before Nokia surpassed it in 1998.
The year was 2003, and Motorola was planning a successor to its popular StarTAC phone, first released in 1996. Holding it in my hands at Motorola’s Chicago headquarters, the minimal, charcoal black flip phone is impossibly light and impressively thin—even by today’s standards. But this phone was seven years old and had ceased to woo the market. The screen was small. The buttons were miniscule. It was built for calling in a world leaning toward multimedia.
It was roughly a moonshot.”
Motorola knew the StarTAC needed a modern makeover to compete, but it didn’t want to be yet another thick phone on the shelf. The brief of the new phone was built around a single, groundbreaking premise. “A wonderful part of Motorola history and culture is it’s very engineering focused,” says Pierce, with what I sense as at least a slight sense of sarcasm in his voice. “And one of the things at the time that was super clear—I would say one of the clearest things of any product we developed—it was a very objective statement: ’10mm.’ To be clear, it was almost that simple. Ten millimeters.”
Motorola wanted a phone that was 10mm thin. Competitors were pushing 20mm at the time, and Motorola engineers and executives planned to half this number to make a splash.
“It was roughly a moonshot,” says Pierce. But the declaration was the most unifying message Pierce ever recalls hearing in his decades at the company. “What worked so well, is every team member—and we don’t always get the same alignment today—but you’d ask anyone on the team, what’s the objective? And they could tell you exactly the objective. Word for word.”
Ten millimeters. Or what became casually referenced as “razor thin.”
Building the first cellphone of a new era
The team’s first thought was to build something like a StarTAC 2.
The designers mocked up a reference model that’s been lost to time, but Pierce describes a device with flared knuckles and a sloped chin. People were excited to see the 10mm model internally—and yet, it felt wrong. “Within [the design team], what we talked about is [that] we didn’t want to make a retro device,” recalls Pierce. “We didn’t want to make a new [version] years later.”
Motorola wanted to build the future. The company knew from global ethnographic research that, while America was lagging, people were using phones differently. They were texting more and more. So the keyboard should be big. Real big. The screen had to be big, too, for early internet browsing and some of the first downloadable games. A second, external screen should let you check the time and preview calls before answering them. And it had to fit into your pocket. “No compromises,” became a secondary mantra. This thing had to be thin, but it also had to be extraordinarily usable. Such stringent design requirements meant completely reassessing the cellphone’s form factor.
There were people saying, ‘Let’s kill it!’”
When it was released, the Razr seemed almost freakishly wide. Even though it was no wider than a modern smartphone of today, subjects in Motorola’s focus groups reported not wanting a phone with such an expansive X dimension. “There was a lot of concern before we launched it, that this product was just too wide,” says Pierce. “There were people saying, ‘Let’s kill it!'”
But the phone had to be that wide, if it was to hit the 10mm mark and still fit all the necessary circuitry inside. The width also made it possible to add a larger keyboard to the device.
Elisa Vargas, the global UX design director at Motorola who ran many early studies and pioneered the Razr’s UI, was confident users would want that bigger keyboard because she recognized a shift in user behavior on a global scale: In many countries, people were T9 texting without even looking down at their thumbs. “We did a couple [studies] in established markets and one emerging markets, and you were seeing similar behaviors,” says Vargas. “We had a good idea about what people were doing with messaging . . . before that was popular in the U.S. I remember trying to recruit people in the U.S. [for a study], and nobody was doing text messaging!”
She was certain it wasn’t a question of culture. Americans would soon follow, and the Razr would be ready for them.
Originally, Motorola’s engineering team proposed a keyboard with a plastic cover that felt a lot like the one you’d find on a microwave. It was slender enough, but also felt weird—and cheap—to the touch. During a brainstorming session between engineering and design, Pierce came up with a better idea. “Aging myself, I used to do a lot of mechanical drafting with pencils. We had a thing called an eraser shield. It was a thin piece of metal that had shapes carved into it. You’d put it on a drawing to erase part of a line,” he says. “We pulled that out and said, this gives us the same goals this microwave panel has. It’s very thin. But it gives us a metal finish, which gives a much higher perceived quality.”
Was it odd to Pierce that the Razr’s keyboard was inspired by a drafting tool? “We needed something extremely thin! It had to be stiff so it wouldn’t be rippled, and it needed to flex,” Pierce says with a laugh. “That’s what came to mind!”
In production, the Razr keyboard was laser-etched from a single piece of metal. It was backlit by an unusual, blue electroluminescent display that was designed to be noticed by onlookers from 10 feet away. The engineering team wasn’t sold on the backlighting tech, so lead designer Chris Arnholt went to Radio Shack one weekend and constructed a little blue light box out of LEDs. It wasn’t small enough for the phone, but the rough demo allowed Motorola’s head of PR, Geoffrey Frost, to see the Tron-inspired lines for himself. “He said, ‘This is it, this is going in the product,'” recalls Pierce. “That became a challenge . . . but we figured it out.”
The keyboard had one final touch I’d forgotten about until I picked up one of the two dozen Razr models Motorola pulled from the archives as I reported this story. The finish ripples like a stone thrown into a pond, creating an optical spinning effect. Rippling metal was a leitmotif of Y2K era design (see: the Nokia 3300 or the TLC Waterfalls video). But the nickel finish was actually inspired by the metal backplate work common in the watch industry. The way the keyboard catches the light is still captivating—you open the phone, and it bursts bits of J.J. Abrams lens flare right into your eyes.
“One of the key things from design perspective was an idea of surprise,” says Pierce. “We liked this idea the user would have no expectations, never seen a product like this . . . and as soon as you open it up, you get this rich metal finish. And look how big the keyboard is!”
For the Razr’s exterior, the team opted for aluminum paneling and a hardened, 0.7mm glass cover for an external display. These were premium materials that made the Razr feel more like jewelry than technology. But they were also premium by necessity: To hit that 10mm goal, plastic components simply couldn’t provide the necessary rigidity at the right thickness. (Glass and aluminum have a similar stiffness at the same thickness, unlike plastic.)
The team debated the decision to put glass on the outside of the phone, and even created a secondary mockup that had a plastic display cover instead. That pushed the phone’s thickness to 11mm. When the two prototypes were handed to decision makers, the choice was simple: 10mm or bust.Another detail the design team obsessed over? How the phone soundedwhen it closed. They were particular about the materials used on the bump stops that padded the screen from the keyboard: Technically, a material like felt could have made this gesture silent—but what fun would it be to hang up on someone without an audible snap?
“We talked about it at the time, it was like a Zippo lighter kind of thing,” says Pierce. “You recognize the sound.”
“It’s all those little details that made people emotionally connect to that device,” adds Vargas.
It was like a Zippo lighter kind of thing. You recognize the sound.”
The final clash between design and engineering was over the phone’s “chin.” The chin, in retrospect, is the most iconic piece of the Razr. But as Pierce says, he wasn’t initially a fan.
“The problem with the chin is, once you open it up, the chin still tells you the full dimension of the product when it’s closed,” he explains. “From a design perspective, I’m like, when I have it open, I want this incredibly thin object. I don’t give away what it looks like.”
The design team mocked up Razr models without a chin, but it ultimately proved to be a functional necessity. Just like the new OLED Razr, the chin was where the phone’s antennas would have to go to optimize performance. “We grew to love it because it’s one of the things that makes it iconic, and was a breakthrough for performance,” says Pierce. “It allowed us to get the antenna farther from the person’s head, which allowed us to ramp the power up, and get a better signal. [These were] things that were really part of Motorola’s history: ‘I can take a call where other people can’t.'”
The phone celebrities wanted—but anyone could buy
The Razr checks all the boxes of iconic industrial design: innovations of necessity. Quirky aesthetics. Premium materials. A unique point of view. But the silver Razr was only the beginning.
After the Razr launched, some clever marketing by a Los Angeles advertising group scored the device a spot in the 2004 Oscar gift baskets of every Hollywood A-lister. The move helped the Razr become the first gadget that transcended technology to become a status symbol.
Steve Jobs himself called it ‘an iPod Shuffle right on your phone.’”
“Once it became popular, everyone wanted their own custom [Razr],” recounts Mike Jahnke, principal industrial design engineer who handled a lot of the customization in the Libertyville office. The team would tear apart Razrs, prep parts like the battery door with an aluminum primer, then paint, silkscreen, and laser-etch custom designs. Some were one-off designs for influencers. Others were color studies to be mass-manufactured on the assembly line. Jahnke produced hundreds of custom Razr designs over the years, including a faux wood Razr and one covered in brand ambassador David Beckham’s tattoos.
One Thursday before Wimbledon in 2005, Jahnke received a call asking him to create a pink Razr for an up-and-coming tennis player named Maria Sharapova. Jahnke received her favorite pink swatches, sprayed up a phone, and sent it overseas. She wouldn’t win that year, but she would make a call on the phone after the tournament and cause a small media sensation. Motorola soon put a Sharapova-pink Razr into mass production.
“I have a picture of Bono with the two Project Red phones I made, and he’s holding them like sunglasses,” Jahnke laughs. “There’s Bono! The lead singer of the biggest band in the world using something I had a very little part of.”
The Razr would go on to sell 130 million units over the next few years. It was such a hit that in 2006, two years before Apple released the iPhone, Cupertino partnered with Motorola on a media-focused cellphone called the ROKR. Steve Jobs himself called it “an iPod Shuffle right on your phone.” Unfortunately, the partnership wasn’t enough to build the next breakthrough phone. Motorola management opted to run the Razr brand into the ground rather than investing in the kinds of innovations that enabled the landmark design in the first place. To grab marketshare, the company plunged Razr prices so low that profits dropped to as low as $5 per unit.
But Razr changed the world all the same, creating a model for the covetable, luxurious, personal communication devices to come. Before we had the iPhone—the premium smartphone for everyone, rendered in aluminum and glass—we had the Razr, a premium flip phone for everyone, rendered in aluminum and glass. The Razr is a snapshot of a turning point for the technology industry. Consumer electronics were assuming a new role leading culture, in a world where every celebrity wanted to own an object that cost hundreds of dollars rather than millions, simply because it was that cool.
“There was an internal debate when we were developing it, whether this was really about tech or this was about fashion,” says Pierce. “Clearly, at the end of the day, it was about fashion.”
Read the rest of this series, on the design of Y2K years, here.
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This article is about the Motorola mobile phone called "Razr" sold until February 2013. For the more recent mobile phone of the same name, see Motorola Razr (2020).
The Motorola Razr (styled RAZR, pronounced like "razor"; codenamed Siliqua) is a series of mobile phones by Motorola, part of the 4LTR line. The V3 was the first phone showed in the series and was introduced in December 2003 and released in the market in the third quarter of 2004. The V3 model was followed soon thereafter by the improved V3i, including a collaboration with Apple Inc. for iTunes to be built-in. It was launched in 2005.
Because of its unique appearance and thin profile, it was initially marketed as an exclusive fashion phone. However, within a year, its price was lowered and as a result, it sold over 50 million units by July 2006. Leading up to the release, Motorola's cell phone division sales were stagnant and losing money. The success of the Razr made the division profitable again. Over the Razr's four-year run, the V3 model sold more than 130 million units, becoming the best-selling clamshell phone in the world to date.
The Razr series was marketed until July 2007, when the succeeding Motorola Razr2 series was released. The succeeding models were the V8, the V9, and the V9m. However, Razr2 sales were not as good as the original V3 series, with consumers moving to competing products. Because Motorola relied so long upon the Razr and its derivatives and was slow to develop new products in the growing market for feature-rich touchscreen and 3G phones, the Razr appeal declined, leading Motorola to eventually drop behind Samsung and LG in market share for mobile phones. Motorola's strategy of grabbing market share by selling tens of millions of low-cost Razrs cut into margins and resulted in heavy losses in the cellular division.
In October 2011, Motorola revived the Razr brand for a line of Androidsmartphones: the Droid Razr for Verizon Wireless (known simply as the "Motorola RAZR" on other networks) and an improved variant, the Droid Razr Maxx. The line shared its trademark thinness and stylized tapered corners with the original. In November 2019, Motorola revived the Razr again as a foldable smartphone, which is styled after the clamshell form factor of the original models.
The V3 was first released in Q3 2004. The team of the V3 put together a number of design choices that set the device apart from the competition. The phone had the thinnest profile at the time on a clamshell set, sported an electroluminescent keypad made out of a single metal wafer and used an industry-standard mini-USB port for data, battery charger and headphones, housed in an aluminum body with an external glass screen. It sold 130 million units during its lifespan, being the best selling clamshell phone to date.
Some owners complained about dust accumulating between the V3's plastic screen and LCD glass, possibly through an external side button. Access to the dust required peeling off the plastic cover, usually followed by a replacement cover.
Matte black version
A black version was produced for distribution in the 77th Academy Awards gift bags, and was released in early May 2005. While distribution was initially limited to specific carriers in North America, the black V3 was widely available elsewhere.
Hot pink versions
The first pink version was released in October 2005, and as of June 2006, was available in the United States from T-Mobile as the Razr V3 Magenta (after T-Mobile and its parent Deutsche Telekom's corporate color). It was called the Razr V3 Pink and available on other carriers, including on T-Mobile networks in other countries in addition to Verizon, Cingular Wireless, Suncom Wireless, and Cellular One (each in a different shade). It was also available in Canada from Bell, Rogers Wireless and Telus, and in the United Kingdom from T-Mobile and Carphone Warehouse. $25 of sales from the Rogers-branded pink V3 went to Rethink Breast Cancer. It was also available in all Movistar-serviced countries and Claro (Telcel).
Another version of the phone was released in South Korea on June 1, 2005. This version had a similar physical appearance but instead of using the GSM standard, it used CDMA to operate on SK Telecom. It was the first CDMA version of the Razr without expandable memory, Bluetooth, and SIM card, since Motorola Korea's system was able to produce its own model before worldwide GSM format release. It had a 1.3-megapixel camera, video recording, 80 MB of internal memory, and a variety of UI features, such as a mobile blog, Yoga graphic book, diet diary, and lottery number generator for wellness theme. It also came in black, pink, and lime models versions. On February 8, 2006 MotorolaKorea released its own slide-phone model for the Razr named Z model name MS600. Unlike most other versions, the MS500 version was packaged with a charging dock and had three metal terminals on the backside immediately under the battery cover.
Also, as the add-on to the MS600, the MS500 Lime Razr was in circulation in South Korea since October 2006 along with the Motorola KRZR Black and Motorola KRZR Fire (Red).
The Razr V3re (also known as V3_06) was a GSM model updated to support EDGE and CrystalTalk technology. It was nearly identical to the original V3, having no memory card slot and including a VGA 4x zoom camera. It can be identified by a slightly larger notch under the Motorola logo when closed, a black matte Motorola logo in the battery cover instead of the metallic silver logo in the V3 and a software version starting with R3442A. It was available in North America from T-Mobile and AT&T in the US, Rogers/Fido in Canada and Vivo in Brazil (using both 850 MHz and 1800 MHz). It was available in three colors: orchid pink, silver, and stone grey.
The V3r and V3t were models sold by T-Mobile, AT&T (formerly Cingular), and Canadian cellular providers such as Rogers. These models were virtually identical to the V3 and V3i, except for featuring Motorola's Digital Audio Player (DAP) instead of iTunes. T-Mobile's V3r offered a voice notes feature which permitted forwarding audio recordings to voicemail as the only storage method.
|Compatible networks||GSMQuad band|
|First released||November 2005|
|Dimensions||53 mm × 98 mm × 13.9 mm (2.09 in × 3.86 in × 0.55 in)|
|Mass||3.5 oz (99 g)|
|Memory||13.5 MB Internal|
|Removable storage||microSD expandable up to 512 MB (1 GB with the latest firmware)|
|Display||Internal: 176×220 pixel (2.2inch) TFT LCD, 262,144 colors|
External: 96×80 pixel CSTN 65,536 colors
|Connectivity||GPRS Class 10 (4+1/3+2) slots 32-48 kbit/s|
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The V3i was announced in November 2005 and addressed some of the faults of the original Razr V3, including a better (1.23-megapixel) camera with 8x digital zoom, an improved external and internal display, and support for microSD cards of up to 512 Mb maximum. V3i was functionally very close to the MotorolaV635. The V3i came in two versions: one with iTunes and one with Motorola's Digital Audio Player (DAP). The iTunes version of the phone had a 50 or 100 song limit restriction depending on where the phone model was made. The phone's looks were also subtly changed. It was announced on December 8, 2005, that Motorola had teamed up with Dolce & Gabbana (D&G) to produce a Special Edition Gold Razr V3t. Only 1,000 of these were made and sold for a premium price.
On June 1, 2006, Motorola and Dolce & Gabbana released another limited edition gold phone. This model included a D&G cell phone holder, a signature leather pouch, Bluetooth headphones, and FM earphones. It was available from all major Motorola retailers and select D&G boutiques.
The V3i was available in the following colors:
- Silver Quartz (main color)
- Gunmetal Grey
- Gold Plate
- Dark Blue
- Black for (PRODUCT)RED (special edition to tie in with the (PRODUCT) RED initiative)
- Chrome Green
- Chrome Purple
- Celery (also known as Lime Green)
The Motorola Razr V3i was released to most worldwide markets in Q4 of 2005–2006. In the U.S. the phone was released through Cingular Wireless on September 6, 2006, with a new activation price of $299, while T-Mobile released the Dolce & Gabbana V3i exclusively in the United States.
The V3im was the iTunes version of the Razr V3i available in the UK market with a 100-song cap.
On November 21, 2005, a CDMA2000 version of the Razr, known as the Razr V3c, became available to Alltel and SaskTel users. Verizon Wireless followed suit on December 7, 2005. Unlike models for Alltel and other carriers, Verizon's V3c features a proprietary user interface and disables, in software, Bluetooth file transfer capabilities (called OBEX).
In January 2006, Canadian Telus, Bell Mobility and Aliant Mobility, Venezuelan carriers Movistar and Movilnet, and Brazilian Vivo began carrying the V3c. In April 2006 Cricket Communications began selling the V3c. The handset was also made available for Metro PCS. The Razr V3c supported CDMA 2000 1xRTT and 1xEV-DO third-generation wireless technologies.
US Cellular and Alaska Communications Systems also carried the V3c. It had approximately 41.2 MB of internal memory, although only about 36 MB was available for use. The V3c did not support expansion with a memory card.
The original version of the V3c was charcoal gray, and a light pink version called Satin Pink (different from the GSM Magenta/Pink and the AT&T Cotton Candy versions) was released by Verizon Wireless in January 2006. Telus Mobility, Bell, Aliant, and Vivo also carried pink versions of the V3c.
|Modes||CDMA 850 / CDMA 1900|
|Weight||3.49 oz (99 g)|
|Dimensions||3.90 in × 2.10 in × 0.60 in (99 mm × 53 mm × 15 mm)|
|Form Factor||Clamshell Internal Antenna|
|Battery Life||Talk: 3.33 hours (200 minutes) Standby: 215 hours (9 days)|
|Battery Type||LiIon 740 mAh|
|Display||Type: LCD (Color TFT/TFD) Colors: 65,536 (16-bit) Size: 176 x 220 pixels|
|Platform / OS||Symbian/ Verizon proprietary|
|Memory||30 MB (built-in, flash shared memory)|
|Phone Book Capacity||1000|
|FCC ID||IHDT56FT1 (Approved September 1, 2005)|
V3m was a CDMA version of the Razr. As an upgrade to the V3c, it featured a microSD card slot for up to 2 GB of memory expansion, a longer-lasting battery, and 40 MB of internal memory. The V3m came in silver, pink, and red although the original release, as well as models that used to be available on the Sprint CDMA network, featured the gunmetal gray color of the V3c. For a limited time Alltel and US Cellular offered a Fire Red color. Partnering with Motorola, US Cellular and Sprint released a special PRODUCT(RED) Razr and Bluetooth H500 headset to help support Global Fund programs which positively impact the lives of women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Verizon Wireless version
Verizon Wireless disabled certain features on the V3m including the ability to transfer data files to and from the phone via Bluetooth (a specific protocol called OBEX). Verizon blocked the transfer of most data over USB, such as ringtones. These phones also ran Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless (BREW), which signs each application to the phones Electronic Serial Number, or ESN, thus preventing the use of free applications (including Back-Up Assistant). Equivalent models offered by competitors (such as the V3t) retained these features.
The V3m on Verizon could play .WMA formatted music files placed in the my_music directory of the removable memory chip, but although the telephone could accept a 2 GB memory chip, only a portion ( ~ 600 Mbytes) can be accessed by the music player. Stereo headphone playback could be achieved with a miniature USB to 3.5 mm phone jack adapter containing the appropriate interface circuitry; adapters designed for hands-free handset operation may not work.
|Availability by region||Q1 2005|
|Display||QVGA, 2.2 inch, 262,144 colors, 320×240|
|Rear camera||2 megapixels (1600×1200) with LED flash|
Announced in March 2005, the V3x was formerly known as the Motorola V1150. Externally, it appeared to be a larger V3, albeit with enhancements such as a 2.0-megapixel camera. Internally, it was quite different, utilizing a different microprocessor, chipset, an Nvidia GoForce 4200 GPU, and radio ICs. As a 3G product, its feature set was closer to that of phones such as the Motorola V980, e.g., two cameras instead of the single camera typical on GSM or CDMA products. It was not as thin as the V3. It won the "Best 3GSM handset" at the 2006 3GSM World Congress.
In Japan, a 3G(W-CDMA) NTT DoCoMo version of the V3x was released in late August 2006. This version had IrDA.
Announced in July 2006, the V3xx was a 3G category 5/6 (3.6 Mbit/s) HSDPA and EDGE supported handset. It was extremely similar in appearance to the compact V3i design, but incorporated an improved feature set with a 1.3-megapixel camera, 50 MB of internal memory, support for microSD and BluetoothA2DP. Like the V3x, it was also equipped with a secondary screen and a higher resolution 240x320 pixel (QVGA) main screen. The V3xx was made available for purchase internationally on the 3 network in November 2006 and was available on AT&T (formerly Cingular). The secondary camera was not available in the United States. The built-in GPU, manufactured by Nvidia (model GoForce 4800) was capable of rendering 3D images through OpenGL ES. The phone included a much faster CPU as well, improving the performance of all features, including 3G/data. With the new CPU, the V3xx also included a fast USB V2.0 for rapid ringtone/image/mp3 file downloads. Older V3's were limited to USB V1.1.
Unlike with the V3 and V3i which were both quad-band GSM, and thus worked on any GSM network, the V3xx came in different variants depending on the local frequency bands used for GSM and UMTS/HSDPA. The North American V3xx was tri-band (850/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and dual-band (850/1900 MHz) UMTS/HSDPA, whereas the version sold in Europe and Asia was tri-band (900/1800/1900 MHz) GSM and single-band (2.1 GHz) UMTS/HSDPA. This was likely due to the need to fit the internal components of the V3xx into a small casing; in early 2007 global phones that supported quad-band GSM and tri-band UMTS/HSDPA were considerably bulkier than the V3xx.
The M702iS version was released as the NTT DoCoMo version of the V3xx which did not have GSM and HSDPA but rather IrDA.
|Compatible networks||maxx V6:GSM 900/1800/1900MHz, UMTS 2100 with HSDPA|
maxx Ve:CDMA2000 1x 800/1900MHz with EV-DO
|Availability by region||April 24, 2007|
|Battery||880 mAh (For United States), 900 mAh (For Europe, Australia and Asia markets)|
|Display||QVGA, 2.2 inch, 262,144 Colors, 320x240|
|External display||120x160, 65,536 Colors|
|Rear camera||2 Megapixels 1600x1200 (maxx Ve has Auto Forcus)|
|Connectivity||Mini USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR|
Motorola Razr maxx (or MotoRazr maxx) was released at the end of 2006 in Europe and on April 27, 2007, elsewhere. The maxx was an upgrade to the popular V3x and was Motorola's second HSDPA 3.5G phone after the Razr V3xx. Although almost identical to the V3x in use and features, the maxx supported additional external touch keys for music control and retained the size of the original Razr V3.
This handset was released on Telstra's NextG network under the original name "Motorola Razr maxx V6". It featured compatibility with both the original 2100 MHz band and the NextG band, 850 MHz. The phone was branded with the Telstra logo and on-screen graphics. The phone was released by Telstra for outright purchase in late 2006 at a price of about A$800. The phone was repackaged late in 2007 and sold with a prepaid plan for $250, locked for use only with Telstra SIM cards. Many of the post-paid phones sold by Telstra in 2007 were inadvertently locked.
This handset was released on Hutchison's 3 network under the name "Motorola Razr maxx V6". The phone and home screen were branded with the 3 logo. Internal memory was increased to 60 MB.
The Razr maxx Ve was available exclusively in the United States for Verizon Wireless customers. The maxx Ve featured EV-DO instead of HSDPA and CDMA2000 1x instead of GSM/UMTS.
The Razr maxx was a 3G HSDPA and EDGE handset predated by the Razr V3x. Initially known as the "maxx V6," it was released in Europe by the end of 2006. The original version had a 2.0-megapixel camera with LED flash, a large 2.2-inch (56 mm) screen with 240x320 QVGA display (like the V3xx) and 50 megabytes of internal storage. While gaining a significantly improved feature set, it maintained the same thin profile of the original Razr V3. Key to its design was a glass fascia with external touch-sensitive controls for MP3s.
The Verizon Wireless version became available on April 24, 2007. It did not feature a second camera on the inside of the phone; instead, there was a shutter button for focusing and picture taking.
Like the previous Model MS500, Motorola Korea announced its Korean version of WCDMA Razr HSDPA, known as Razr Luk. The MS500W upgrades its screen to 2.2 inch TFT QVGA, 1.3-megapixel camera with Bluetooth, and microSDHC support. The model features different color pattern compare to previous MS500, and hit the Korean market by late February 2009.
The Razr VE20 was an updated CDMA model of the original Razr. It was released in the U.S. for Sprint, Alltel, and US Cellular. It incorporated some of the design elements of the Razr² V9m at a reduced price. Its rounded clamshell body was almost as thin as the Razr V3m. It featured a QVGA main display, outer display with virtual touch keys, 2-megapixel camera, stereo Bluetooth, and a microSD memory card slot up to 8 Gb.
Razr2 (V8, V9, V9m, V9x)
Main article: Motorola Razr2
The Razr2 was the successor to the Razr series. The Razr2 was 2 mm thinner than its predecessor but slightly wider. Some versions featured Motorola's MotoMagx operational platform, based on the MontaVistaLinux OS. The Razr2 was made available on every US carrier, and EVDO, GSM and HSDPA versions of it were released by late 2007. The Razr2 line consisted of 4 models: V8, V9, V9m, and V9x. The phone improved picture quality, speed, and multimedia capabilities over the original Razr. It also featured an external screen with touch-sensitive buttons which allowed users to use some of the phone features without opening it, and Motorola's CrystalTalk technology to improve call quality and help reduce background noise. Different color variants were released, including a Luxury Edition and a Ferrari Edition.
The Razr brand returned in 2011 with the introduction of the Motorola Droid Razr smartphone (the "Droid" name only used by Verizon in the USA), featuring a thin body like the original Razr V3. The line included:
The Droid Razr HD and Droid Razr M were succeeded by the Droid MAXX and Droid Mini respectively.
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Main article: Motorola Razr (2020)
The Razr (2020) is a foldable smartphone with a design reminiscent of the Razr V3. It was first reported when a patent that Lenovo as now-owners of the Motorola and Razr brands filed with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was made public. According to The Wall Street Journal, the phone will be released as an exclusive on Verizon Wireless with a starting price of $1,500 but neither the phone itself nor the details have been publicly confirmed by Lenovo. In April 2019, press renders of the device with packaging leaked on Sina Weibo.
On November 14, 2019, Motorola presented the phone with the design, including horizontal folding, which is reminiscent the original Motorola Razr flip phone series. The presentation also confirmed that the phone's price is $1,499 and only available on Verizon Wireless. The phone was originally expected to launch in January 2020, but was subsequently delayed until February 6, 2020.
On September 09 2020, Motorola announced the second generation of Motorola Razr (2020), named Razr 5G.  The second-generation included many improvements over the 1st generation, and it was no longer exclusive to Verizon US. The phone was priced 1399.99$ in the US, and it was offered for sale in many US markets during November sale for 999.99$
Being the slimmest phone during its release in 2004, the Razr easily stood out amongst other phone models. It was one of the most popular mobile phones since its first release, having been spotted in the hands of celebrities and business people alike until the advent of smartphones, and it is frequently seen in reruns of movies and TV shows.
It was also a token piece in the popular modernized board game Monopoly Here & Now.
In popular culture
The Razr became identified as a "fashion" product and an iconic cell phone in the mid-2000s. The Razr was used in several television shows and featured in several movies. In the 2006 film A Good Year, Russell Crowe's character Max Skinner used a BlackBerry whilst working as a high-flying London financier, but chose a black Razr to accompany his later laid-back life in rural Provence. Notable TV occasions were the season three finale of the TV series Lost in which Jack Shephard used a Razr (an important plot point which anchors the episode's chronology), the HBO hit sitcom Entourage had characters specifically Ari Gold using it, and the US hit series Burn Notice in which Michael Westen used a Razr until 2009. In Season 5 of 24, President Charles Logan used a Razr as his personal cell phone. Contestants on the NBC adventure reality show "Treasure Hunters" were given Razrs for communication with the host and each other throughout the season. The Product Red edition of the Razr was launched by Oprah Winfrey and Bono for charity. A grey V3 was also used by Jeremy Clarkson on BBC's Top Gear during outtakes when he got a call at the start of the show. Even in 2012, the Razr was used as CIA-special agent Rex Matheson's phone in the 4th season of Torchwood. It was popularised in South India through the movie Vettaiyaadu Vilaiyaadu, in which Kamal Haasan was seen using the phone. In the computer game Counter-Strike: Source, the character Leet can be seen holding one. In Prison Break Series, Alexander Mahone used the Motorola V3. Also, in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada, characters played by Meryl Streep and Stanley Tucci used Moto Razr phones.
In the 2017 Square Enix game Life is Strange: Before the Storm, the main character's phone is a Motorola RAZR, decorated with stickers.
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