Motorola clamshell is back! The Razr flip returns as a futuristic fold phone

Motorola Razr 2019
(Image credit: Motorola)

15 years ago, the Motorola Razr was one of the most sought after mobile phones around. But back then the clamshell design, that folded open to take calls, was the norm. In the intervening decade or so the flip phone has all but disappeared... but the iconic design is set to make a comeback from company that made the clamshell handset famous.

The Motorola Razr 2019 is more than just a new take on one of the companies most famous phones from the past. The new Razr provides Motorola's take on the fold phone... a new breed of smartphone that has a big screen that folds in half to make it fit more easily in your pocket. The pioneering Samsung Fold Phone has just gone on sale, after some teething issues with its hinge mechanism, which opens up more like a book than a traditional clamshell.

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 15 Pro Max.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.