The Motorola RAZR flip phone is BACK and renamed the Binatone Blade

THE tech firm Binatone is preparing to release a new version of the iconic RAZR flip phone called the Blade – and we’ve managed to get our hands on a leaked prototype.

News of the Blade’s existence was first revealed last week when tech journalist and mobile phone entrepreneur Simon Rockman claimed to have bought an early version of the gadget from eBay.

 An official press shot of the BinaTone blade, which will be released in November

Binatone

An official press shot of the BinaTone blade, which will be released in November

He gave The Sun Online exclusive photos of his Blade as well as his thoughts on the retro-styled phone, which you can read later on in this article.

This morning, Binatone confirmed the existence of the Blade and described it as being inspired by phones we “loved nearly 20 years ago”.

The stripped back new phone is designed to be the antidote to gadgets like the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S8.

Recent studies have suggested teens are beginning to get fed up with social media and are turning to brick phones to cut the cord and disconnect themselves from Facebook, Instagram and other all-pervasive networks.

 This image shows a prototype of the Blade on top of the old RAZR, Rockman claims

Simon Rockman

This image shows a prototype of the Blade on top of the old RAZR, Rockman claims
 You can see the new phone is thinner than the old one which inspired it
You can see the new phone is thinner than the old one which inspired it
 The RAZR flip phone was one of the most iconic handsets that's ever been released

Simon Rockman

The RAZR flip phone was one of the most iconic handsets that’s ever been released

The phone is actually made by a British company called Binatone which licenced the design from Motorola.

Simon Rockman claimed he was able to buy a prototype from eBay for just £22.95 – half the eventual street price of £49.99.

He believes it was put up for sale by a company or individual who was sent the prototype for testing.

Rockman worked at Motorola when the original was released in 2003, selling for more than £800.

It was built by a crack team of Motorola engineers who worked overtime in evenings and weekends in a top-secret facility and without managers knowing what they were up to, Rockman said.

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 The new Blade is aimed at people who want a simple phone without the bells and whistles of modern gadgets

Simon Rockman

The new Blade is aimed at people who want a simple phone without the bells and whistles of modern gadgets
 It's believed that some teenagers and young people are getting fed up of social media, so are turning to old-fashioned phones which make it more difficult to access Facebook or other services

Simon Rockman

It’s believed that some teenagers and young people are getting fed up of social media, so are turning to old-fashioned phones which make it more difficult to access Facebook or other services
 The Blade will come in three colours: red, black and rose gold

Simon Rockman

The Blade will come in three colours: red, black and rose gold

Various versions of the RAZR went on to sell over 100 million with everyone from Jeremy Clarkson to David Beckham being spotted with one.

Here’s what Rockman, who now runs a telecoms firm called Fuss Free Phones, had to say about the Binatone Blade: “With the basic look of the RAZR, the Blade is more of a tribute act than a faithful follow-up.

“It’s bargain priced and this means it hasn’t got the quality feel of the original.

“The new phone is plastic where the original was metal. It doesn’t shut with the same satisfying snap.

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STRIPPED BACK: The retro features of the Binatone Blade

  • Backlit keypad
  • Phonebook for 100 contacts
  • Bluetooth
  • Alarm function
  • Different Ringtones / Vibration
  • LED Torch
  • Battery Li-ion > 600 mAh
  • Micro USB charger input
  • USB Headset Connection
  • FM radio
  • Vibration

“Where the 2003 phone had a difficult-to-make laser etched keypad the Binatone Blade has standard keys printed in a 1970s typeface.

“The new phone is a lot lighter at 67g to the Razr’s 96g, which makes it feel cheap.

“The Blade does capture the thinness of the phone, which was designed by Chris Arnholt, who was once described by the RAZR project leader as a ‘quiet, humble genius’.

“The new phone doesn’t have the front screen which was added to later models of the RAZR.

“But what you get instead is a phone which is a tenth of the price of the original, has a music player, two SIM cards so that you can have two phone numbers and much better software.”


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The announcement of the Blade comes after Nokia released a rebooted version of the 3310,cheap and cheerful version of the much-loved classic gadget which costs just £49.99.

Dino Lalvani, Binatone’s chairman said: “It’s a fact of life that most of us now carry two mobile phones.

“Whether it’s a work/home split, a second phone for holidays and festivals or just a temporary device to give to the kids for sleepovers, we just don’t have a single mobile anymore.

“We developed the Blade with this in mind, making sure it was a small, slim and light as possible, without compromising on battery life.

“Our designers really went to town and those of us old enough to remember will definitely see a resemblance to some of the iconic phones we loved nearly 20 years ago, which in consumer electronics is a lifetime.”

Binatone Launch Two New Motorola Accessories In The UK

Binatone Global’s Motorola Accessories branch recently launched a couple of new products in the UK, namely the Motorola MDC100 Dash Cam and the Motorola Verve Loop Sports wireless headphones. The products are currently available in the UK through online retailer Argos and are accompanied by price tags of £59.99 and £34.99 respectively. Although the products are Motorola-branded, it’s worth noting that Motorola Mobility sold its accessories branch to Binatone Global back in 2015, meaning that although these products are built under the Motorola brand, they are not manufactured by Lenovo or Motorola.

Starting off with the Motorola MDC100 Dash Cam, unsurprisingly this is a dashboard camera designed for automobiles, featuring a 2.7-inch TFT LCD display with 120-degree viewing angles and 1080p resolution. Additionally, the Motorola MDC100 Dash Cam is equipped with motion detection and night vision sensors, and takes advantage of certain tools that help with storage management, such us the ability to detect when driving in a loop and overwrite previous footage. Out of the gates, the camera is equipped with a microSD card slot able to read up to 32GB of storage, but a microSD card is not included. The device also comes with a G-sensor which can detect accidents judging by the motion of the car, and prompt the Dash Cam to keep relevant videos from being overwritten. The Motorola MDC100 Dash Cam is available on Argos in black for the price of £59.99 (down from £79.99), and the retailer also offers a special bundle of 2 Motorola MDC100 Dash Cams for the price of £99.99.

Moving on to the second product, the Motorola Verve Loop Sports wireless in-ear headphones are part of the VerveLive product family and connect through Bluetooth, offering aptX HD codec support. They are equipped with 5mm drivers and in-line volume controls as well as an in-line microphone, and hold enough battery life to boast up to 5 hours of playback or up to 6 hours talk-time. Lastly, it’s worth noting that they take advantage of water resistance backed by an IPX4 certificate, which should make them a viable solution for more activities and lifestyles. The Motorola Verve Loop Sports earbuds are available in black and silver for the price of £34.99.

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