Razr Trends After Motorola Announces Flip Phone Reboot in 2020

Motorola has joined the ranks of businesses capitalizing on pop culture's fascination with all things nostalgic. On Wednesday, the mobile phone company launched the revival of its iconic Razr flip phone, and unsurprisingly, Twitter began freaking out.

On Wednesday, wireless carrier Verizon announced the new Razr will be available for pre-order on December 26 before hitting store shelves on January 9. The revamped phone—which originally launched in 2004—was priced at $1,499.99 with features including a 16-megapixel camera, all-day battery life, and a "groundbreaking hinge mechanism" allowing the phone to flip down over its OLED touch screen display.

"We have full confidence in the durability of the Flex View display, and based on our research, it will last for the average lifespan of a smartphone," Motorola said in a statement shared with Tech Radar on Wednesday. "We acknowledge this is a brand-new technology and we are committed to continue improving as the industry evolves. Therefore, we've created a world class service package to make sure every Razr customer has an exceptional experience."

Taking their cue, consumers bolted to Twitter shortly after news of the Razr's comeback broke online. Over more than 90,000 tweets, they offered mixed views on the phone's specifications and many sharp criticisms of its price point.

"Sorry but it's overpriced," one user lamented on Motorola's Twitter thread. "Running antiquated specs, tiny ass battery and exclusive to Verizon!? I'm out."

Sorry but it’s overpriced. Running antiquated specs, tiny ass battery and exclusive to Verizon!? I’m out.

— Mathew Poynter (@mathew_poynter) November 14, 2019

"Ah, the Motorola RAZR, my first love. I mean the classic Nokia 3310 was my 1st ever phone, but it wasn't all cool & futuristic like the RAZR," wrote another user, who went on to share similar concerns about the price. "I will not, however be paying a grand for it... ($1,500)."

Ah, the Motorola RAZR, my first love. I mean the classic Nokia 3310 was my 1st ever phone, but it wasn't all cool & futuristic like the RAZR. I will not, however be paying a grand for it... ($1,500) https://t.co/U928WuPet5

— 👻 Confused Spoons 👻 (@DrLizoSpoons) November 14, 2019

"The SD710 in the new razr is pretty much a higher clocked version of the SD670 in the Pixel 3a. Moto uses a light build of Android," another person tweeted. "I don't think the performance will be an issue. SD670 also sips battery, not too sure about 710, but it shouldn't be much worse."

Meanwhile, others—still basking in the throwback splendor of the Razr's reboot—described the device as a phone for "the cool kids."

All the cool kids at my high school had a Razr; meanwhile, I had 1998 Nokia 5110 with Snake on it. https://t.co/bz1aTXLoKs

— Josh Fairhurst (@LimitedRunJosh) November 14, 2019

For those on the fence about the high-ticket purchase, Motorola has offered a "special world class service plan," with 24/7 chat support, a 14-hour-per-day customer service support phoneline and a 24-hour turnaround time for any repairs, as reported by The Verge. The outlet also noted that the "hard sell" included a one-year warranty on phone "defects incurred during normal use."

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Motorola's revamped razr phone displayed in Los Angeles at The Container Yard on November 13, 2019. Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Motorola