New foldable razr rumoured for later this year with 5G and bigger battery

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Lenovo drummed up quite a bit of hype when it unveiled the new foldable Motorola razr last year but, for us here in South Africa, that excitement was quickly tempered by the fact that Lenovo (which owns Motorola) does not have a mobile device business in the country.

That could change moving forward, however, as Android Authority reported on a recent rumour that an updated version of the razr was in the works, and would arrive later this year sporting a few new components. Key among these would be a new Qualcomm Snapdragon 765 processor, which also make it capable of supporting 5G, as well as a larger 2 510mAh battery, according to XDA Developers.

Hopefully build quality is addressed in the updated version too, as this has proved a point of contention for the folable razr, and foldable phones in general to date.

As for when the new 5G-supporting Motorola razr is expected, it may debut around the same time as IFA 2020 in Berlin.

The source supporting these claims is a rather curious one, as Lenovo South Africa GM, Thibault Dousson, recently appeared in an episode of Reframed Tech’s podcast. The local tech website spoke to the GM about the device, and whether there are any forthcoming plans for it.

“From what I understand, there’s one in September, I think, coming out,” Dousson explained.

That’s not a lot to go on, and given the general aloofness of the statement, this needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

What is of more interest to us at this stage, is what this could mean for the Motorola brand locally, with there still an affinity for it, as well as the original razr device which drums up some serious nostalgia, much like Nokia feature phones do.

The fact that the South African Lenovo GM is privy to the details surrounding the 5G-supporting razr does give us cause for optimism.

For now though, this remains a rumour, and more concrete details will need to appear in coming months before we get too excited. Regardless, the return of Motorola to South Africa would be welcome.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.