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Motorola Razr is finally on sale today. Here's where and how to get one

The Motorola Razr is now on sale, with preorder sales open since January. Here's what you need to know about buying the foldable phone.

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Motorola wants to steal some thunder from Samsung's upcoming foldable flip phone by selling the Razr first.

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Today's the day. You can now buy a Motorola Razr foldable phone in person from Verizon and select Walmart stores starting today, its official sale date. Those who preordered might have to wait until mid-February to receive their phones, but they're in stock at brick-and-mortar stores starting today, Feb. 6. Keep reading for sale information, and catch up on what the Motorola Razr is like to use.

Motorola's Razr comes at an important moment for foldable phones. It was the first proof of concept for a folding phone whose screen bends in half vertically to maximize screen real estate while saving physical space. It also reinvents the original Motorola Razr from 2004, drawing on that iconic flip phone to feed this new Razr's initial popularity. If Motorola can transform that wave of nostalgia into purchases, it can help secure a bit of a comeback for a brand that plans to return to the premium phone race.

Read: CNET's in-depth review of the Motorola Razr 

The Razr is preparing for battle against Samsung, the world's largest smartphone brand. Motorola's modern take on the flip phone will face off against Samsung's second foldable phone, the Galaxy Z Flip. Samsung's phone will get its official introduction on Feb. 11 at the 2020 Samsung Unpacked event.

Selling for $1,499, the Motorola Razr is the most affordable phone from a major brand, compared to the $1,980 Galaxy Fold ($1,980 at Best Buy) and the roughly $2,300 Huawei Mate X. But Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip is rumored to sell for $1,400. A different rumor also suggests that Samsung's design could be the first foldable phone to use a glass screen

The Motorola Razr has a 6.2-inch internal screen and a 2.7-inch outer display, a 16-megapixel main camera fingerprint reader and 128GB of onboard storage. Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Fold, the Razr claims to be splash-proof, with a stronger screen. 

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When can I buy the Razr?

The Motorola Razr was originally supposed to go on sale Dec. 26 but was delayed. Preorders began Jan. 26 at Verizon, Walmart and Motorola.com. Thursday, Feb. 6, is the Razr's official release date in stores. (Again, be aware that preordered units may ship after Feb. 6.)

Cost

There's only one model of the Razr, and it'll cost you $1,499 for 128GB of storage. Scroll to the end for all the phone's specs.

Motorola Razr Foldable Flip phone

Here's what the Razr looks like all folded up.

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Where you can buy the Razr

Motorola Razr is a Verizon Wireless exclusive in the US

Once preorders open, there's only one wireless carrier where you can buy and use the Razr: Verizon. You can sign up for Verizon's payment plan of $63 per month for 24 months, or pay full price for the foldable phone.

Order it from Motorola

You'll also be able to order the new Razr directly from Motorola, through its website. Note that you'll still need to get a Verizon SIM card to use mobile data or any of cellular features.

Select Walmart stores will carry it

There's no word on exactly which Walmart stores will keep the new Razr in stock, but Motorola has said that "select Walmart locations" will stock the device. We recommend you call your local store about inventory before jumping in the car.  

Outside the US

In the UK, EE will be the Motorola Razr's exclusive carrier seller. The network has a registration page if you want to keep up to date on the sale date and price. 

We also know that Motorola will sell the Razr in Canada and in select European countries, as well as across Latin America, Asia and Australia.

Motorola Razr specs


Motorola Razr
Display size, resolution Internal: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142x876p pixels (21:9) / External: 2.7-inch glass OLED, 800x600-pixels (4:3)
Pixel density 373ppi (internal screen)
Dimensions (inches) Unfolded: 6.8 x 2.8 x 0.28 in. / Folded: 3.7 x 2.8 x 0.55 in.
Dimensions (millimeters) Unfolded: 172 x 7 2 x 6.9mm / Folded: 94 x 72 x 14mm
Weight (ounces, grams) 7.2 oz.; 205g
Mobile software Android 9 Pie
Camera 16-megapixel external (f/1.7, dual pixel AF), 5-megapixel internal
Front-facing camera Same as main 16-megapixel external
Video capture 4K
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2.2GHz, octa-core)
Storage 128GB
RAM 6GB
Expandable storage None
Battery 2,510 mAh
Fingerprint sensor Below screen
Connector USB-C
Headphone jack None
Special features Foldable display, eSIM, Motorola gestures, splashproof
Price off-contract (USD) $1,499
Price (GBP) Converts to £1,170
Price (AUD) Converts to AU$2,185

Originally published late last year.