Motorola Just Delayed the Razr’s Release Due to Unexpected Demand

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Motorola is delaying both preorders and the actual launch of its refreshed Razr smartphone because it turned out to be too popular.

Since its announcement, the resurrected Razr smartphone has turned out to be extremely popular among fans. And in a statement on Friday (via The Verge), Motorola said that demand for the device has “quickly outgrown supply predictions.”

Because of that, the company has had to adjust the Razr presale and launch timing, as well as its supply quantity, to “better meet consumer demand.”

It appears that the goal of the delay is to ensure that prospective Razr customers will be able to actually buy one of the handsets at launch.

The device was originally planned to become available for preorder on Dec. 26 before officially launching to the public sometime the following month. So the announcement is sort of coming at the last minute.

Currently, there’s no official word on when the new Razr will be available to preorder or when it’ll actually hit store shelves. But Motorola did note that it doesn’t “anticipate a significant shift from our original availability timeline.”

Reports that the iconic device would be reinvented first started circulating earlier this year, and we received our first real glimpse at what the smartphone would look like in October. And in November, Motorola officially announced its new take on the classic flip phone.

The Razr smartphone itself is a foldable device with a 6.2-inch OLED display, as well as a secondary 2.7-inch “QuickView” OLED display. The folding mechanism is actually a hinge designed by Lenovo, a company known for similar work on the Yoga laptop series.

It packs a mid-range Snapdragon 710 processor, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of onboard storage, and a fingerprint reader in the bottom bezel. For the camera setup, the device has a 16MP primary camera that can actually double as a selfie shooter, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera.

On the other hand, it doesn’t feature wireless charging, optical image stabilization or a particularly high-resolution display.

Like most current foldable smartphones, the new device doesn’t come cheap. The Motorola Razr will cost $1,499. At launch, it’ll be available exclusively from Verizon.

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