The RAZR returns – old Motorola brand rises from the dead

19 Oct 2011

Remember the RAZR? The stylish mobile phone that defined … well, ahem, 2004? Well, the RAZR has resurfaced as a Kevlar-lined Android touchscreen phone described as the thinnest Android device in the world.

In 2004, the RAZR, then a flip phone, was pretty space age for its time. The new 2011 phone has a sculped glass face, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, is made out of Kevlar fibre and has a Gorilla Glass screen.

It will be powered by a dual-core processor, Android 2.3.5 and a cinema quality front-facing 720p video camera and 8-megapixel rear-facing camera capable of 1080p video capture. It even boasts US government-grade encryption to protect your email and other communications.

“The original Motorola RAZR turned a functional necessity into an object of desire. Now we’ve done it again by creating an impossibly thin smartphone – a head-turning design with the power to carry your life with you,” said Michelle Digulla, president, Motorola Mobility Canada.

In recent months, Google announced plans to acquire Motorola Mobility for US$12.5bn. Although it collaborated with Samsung to unveil the Galaxy Nexus in the early hours of today, it will be interesting to see what devices emerge from this stable.

Below: RAZR in 2004

Motorola RAZR


Below: the RAZR in 2011

RAZR 2011

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years