The Motorola Razr is back as a smartphone with folding screen

Mike Murphy
The Motorola Razr is back as a smartphone with folding screen

The slim flip phone looked like nothing before it, and the tiny device is still to this day one of the single most popular phones of all time, selling over 130 million units after its introduction in 2004. After a brief, unfruitful period of ownership by Google, Motorola’s mobile division was sold to the Chinese conglomerate Lenovo, which also purchased another flagging US tech icon, the IBM Thinkpad computer line, around the time when the Razr went on sale. When its debut effectively ushered in the smartphone era singlehandedly, many of the incumbent market leaders were caught flat-footed; they were too busy improving their flip phones or putting better batteries into their email machines while Apple took charge.