Foldable phones have been creating a buzz since Samsung got its first one out. Followed by several other Android OEMs, the foldable design is trying to enter the mainstream. According to TrendForce, foldable phones are more likely to cause a stir in the market by 2021. We have witnessed an inward folding phone with the Samsung Galaxy Fold and an outward folding phone with the Huawei Mate X. Now, Motorola seems to have a different plan when it comes to a foldable design. The brand is reportedly going to resurrect its flip phone design back, the iconic Moto Razr.
Motorola Reimagining Foldable Phones By Resurrecting the Iconic Moto Razr
This is not the first time when we are getting the resurrection information concerning the Moto Razr. Back in January 2019, The Wall Street Journal published a report on the same employing the foldable screen technology. The upcoming Moto phone is expected to launch on Verizon, bearing a price tag starting at $1,500 (approx. INR 1,05,096). Later, The Verge published a report based on the registration with the World Intellectual Property Organisation showing off the design of the Razr phone design in works.
The first renders of the revived phone revealed a long screen with inward folding clubbed with a secondary display on top of the back panel suggesting that it will be a dual screen smartphone like the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Dan Dery, Motorola’s VP of Global Product, stated that the brand is indeed working on a foldable phone but he did not share more information concerning the device. A report from XDA Developers does shed some light on the software that will be powering the foldable phone by Motorola.
Software Powering Foldable Motorola Phone (New Moto Razr)
The report confirms that the Motorola phone would arrive with two displays. Although the marketing name for the upcoming phone has not been disclosed, the software description makes it quite clear that it will be a phone with clamshell design. This also somewhat solidifies the reports on the return of the Moto Razr codenamed ‘Voyager’.
The report states the working of the secondary display on the external. It won’t give access to the entire functioning of the Android OS when folded. Some of the apps will be restricted while some will work even when the display is in the folded state. So, yeah, select apps will get “access display on flip.” Pre-installed system apps including the Moto Display, Moto Actions, and the Moto Camera will be able to display content on the “closed display.” There are only a few functions that will run on closed display.
Here are the functions that will run on closed display:
When unfolded, the “closed display” can act as a trackpad. Right now, the trackpad functionality is limited to scrolling web pages in Google Chrome and scrolling the app’s timeline.
Up to 6 Quick Settings, tiles will be displayed on the “closed display.” It’s unclear to us if Motorola will allow the user to scroll to see more tiles, however.
When in the camera app, the user can tap on the primary display to capture a photo, or swipe up on the primary display to zoom in. Presumably, this will help the user take selfies when holding the phone with the camera pointed toward the user. A countdown timer can also be shown through the dual screen.
If the user triggers Google Assistant while the phone is flip closed, then the Assistant animation can be shown if the user chooses to enable it. Otherwise, the user will be prompted to “flip open to unlock” using their password or PIN.
Motorola is testing having the Moto Display app show a clock, pulsing notifications, and controlling media via the external display.
The user may be able to have a separate wallpaper showing on the “closed display.”
That’s all we know so far about the upcoming device. If we learn more about “Voyager,” we’ll let you all know.