Put off beyond its original January ship date
The Motorola Razr foldable flip phone’s launch has been postponed beyond its original January date due to supply matters. Preorders, which were thought to go live ion December 26, have also been pushed further.
Motorola postponed the presale and launch to “better meet consumer demand,” according to an announcement sent out to newspapers by parent company Lenovo. “Demand has been extraordinary, and as a result, has quickly got too large for supply predictions.”
The company didn’t give a revised launch date, as they are “working to decide the appropriate quantity and schedule to make sure that more consumers have access to Razr at launch.” Whether that’s genuinely catching supply up to demand or just waiting to develop more interest and higher numbers is uncertain.
In any case, the company doesn’t expect a “significant shift” from the primary launch timeline, according to Bloomberg.
Delay for demand, not design
But Motorola didn’t suggest the delay was caused by design issues. The Samsung Galaxy Fold’s original March 2019 launch was late by half a year after early reviewers discovered faults and screen failures, and the sophisticated version that came out later in the year presented a protective lip around the display and an enhanced hinge.
There’s no sign the Razr will suffer any similar fate as an initial foldable, and the model we used at the phone’s Los Angeles reveal in November worked as promoted and its sophisticated hinge was as robust as Motorola claimed. On the other hand, the company has kept back the phone out of journalists’ hands since then, so there could supposedly be issues that just haven’t been noticed.
Whatever the case might be, there are reports that a follow-up Motorola Razr 2020 device will come out sometime next year, so hopefully, the Razr 2019 will be released before we hear too much about its successor.