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Optus, Motorola to bring back the Razr?

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Optus and Motorola yesterday invited Australian media to the launch of a new, unnamed product on 27 October and attached a cryptic video suggesting we could see the revival of the Razr brand in smartphone form.

The video posted to YouTube by Motorola promises a "faster, thinner, smarter, stronger" phone, with its frenetic imagery showing jet fighters, rockets, brains, origami and a diamond — as well as the razor seen above — all underscored by the sound of someone panting. It takes us back to the amateur videos we endured through university.

This isn't the first we've heard about a return of the iconic Razr, if in name only. There have been suggestions of the Razr name being attached to an Android-powered smartphone, also going by the codename Spyder. If this is the same device, then you can expect a powerhouse smartphone with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and a tasty-sounding qHD resolution Super AMOLED display.

While we'll have to wait until the 27th of October to see the handset for ourselves, the product will be announced in the US a week earlier on 18 October. So next week we should be able to provide an update, with full specs and some hands-on action from our colleagues in New York.

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BillWindows posted a comment   

I loved my Razr. My wife accidentally put it in the washing machine, went through the whole cycle, spin and all. Dried it out in the sun and it still worked. Not sure if my HTC could put up with that, hopefully I never have to find out.

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