Back in January, there was a report from the Wall Street Journal that claimed that Motorola could be looking to revive its iconic RAZR phone with a modern twist by giving it a foldable display. A subsequent patent later gave us an idea of what we might be able to expect from such a device.
Patents and rumors are hardly the best gauges to determine if a product may or may not be coming, but now it seems that we have official confirmation. Speaking to Engadget, Motorola VP of Global Product Dan Dery has essentially (but not explicitly) confirmed that they are indeed working on a foldable smartphone. Dery states that the company has been working on foldables for a long time and have since come up with various iterations.
While Dery did not dive into any specifics, some of the comments he made certainly seems to point towards the design spotted in the patent being a possible contender for the final product. He claims that while the use of displays on the outside like the Huawei Mate X looks good, it could present a problem in terms of durability as it would make it prone to scratches.
“We have been testing a plastic OLED device with plastic film on top. The fact that you’re touching [that kind of display] with your nails is scratching it. It has a short life right away; it starts dying the day you unpack it. But it’s beautiful. That first day, it’s beautiful.”
That being said, we have no idea when the device will launch, but according to Dery, Motorola has “no intention of coming later than everybody else in the market,” which unfortunately is rather vague.