30 January 2020
If you were feeling excited celebrating Christmas by pre-ordering the Motorola RAZR (2019) foldable smartphone, there is slight disappointing news for you. Lenovo-owned Motorola has announced that it has decided to delay Motorola RAZR (2019) preorders and launch due to higher than expected demand.
It has not announced a new preorder and release timeline but has said that it does not expect the delay to be a significant one. It means interested buyers should not have to wait for too long. Since we are already only a week away from bidding farewell 2019, we are expecting the new timeline to be somewhere mid-January 2020.
Here is the official Motorola statement on the delay:
"We would like to share an update on Motorola Razr's pre-sale and in-store availability. Below is our official statement regarding the update: Since its announcement in November, the new Motorola Razr has received unparalleled excitement and interest from consumers. Demand has been high, and as a result, has quickly outgrown supply predictions. Motorola has decided to adjust Razr's presale and launch timing to better meet consumer demand. We are working to determine the appropriate quantity and schedule to ensure that more consumers have access to Razr at launch. We do not anticipate a significant shift from our original availability timeline."
The Motorola RAZR (2019) was announced last month as the first foldable smartphone from the brand. It has a design exactly the same as the original RAZR launched years ago. The new phone folds from the center just like you would fold/unfold a clamshell phone. It comes with mid-range specs including the Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 processor and is powered by a 2,510mAh battery.
Motorola has priced the foldable phone at $1,499 in the United States with exclusive availability via Verizon. Since the phone costs a premium, it seems like the company anticipated only a small percentage of buyers to actually go for the device. As the demand is now more than expectations, it wants to adjust its supply chain to ensure that all buyers get their hands on the phone as and when it will be made available for preorders.