Motorola has rejected claims that the revived Razr can only handle 27,000 folds – about a year of use for most smartphone users, if the latest research on the number of times people pick up and check their devices is believed. every day – before The flexible OLED display shows signs of serious damage.
CNET conducted the unfortunate durability test in the brand-new foldable, which has the same flip phone design as the original Razr from the mid-00s, but swaps the alphanumeric keypad for a single, foldable touch screen using a FoldBot device. After thousands of quick folds over three hours, the new Razr's hinge kicked the bucket. However, Motorola says that FoldBot, built by a company called SquareTrade, puts "undue stress on the hinge" by not allowing the folding smartphone to "open and close as intended".
The smartphone maker posted the statement on the technology blog Engadget after the inauguration of the rival folding phone, Galaxy Z Flip, in the latest Samsung Unpacked hardware demo on Tuesday night.
Motorola's full statement says: "The Razr is a unique smartphone, with a dynamic shell-folding system, unlike any device on the market. SquareTrade's FoldBot is simply not designed to test our device. Therefore, any tests performed with this machine causes undue stress on the hinge and do not allow the phone to open and close as intended, making the test inaccurate ".
Obviously, it makes sense that a robot that was not designed to close and open the Razr for hours on end may not provide the ideal conditions for folding … but then again, smartphones are one of the most abused technologies we carry with us – surely Motorola doesn't think that there will be any "stress" when you angrily closed the Razr to dispense with a heated phone call or turn and close the phone to kill some time during a particularly tiring meeting?
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Motorola has not provided an exact number of folds that its reinvented Razr can handle, unlike Samsung, which claims that its Z Flip can survive 200,000. However, Motorola says that the Razr – which comes at a high price of $ 1,500 in the U.S. and starts at £ 94 a month exclusively in EE in the UK – should work for at least two years. It will also offer a one-year warranty for any "defects incurred during normal use". So, this is comforting, right?
Motorola introduced the redesigned flip phone for the first time in November 2019. It features a 6.2-inch folding plastic screen to take up much less space in your pocket.
Just like the Razr, which had to be delayed to allow Motorola to stock up on enough devices to meet the impressive amount of demand, Samsung's brand new Galaxy Z Flip folds up like a cupped phone with a smaller screen on the cover to answer or decline fast calls, as well as quick-read text messages – so you don’t have to open your phone every time to check the source of each notification buzz.
However, unlike the Motorola Razr, the new Galaxy Z Flip uses an ultra-thin glass panel for its foldable touch screen – not plastic. This should protect the screen from scratches and scuffs.
The Galaxy Z Flip is available today and costs £ 1,300 without a Samsung SIM. It comes in three colors, including Mirror Gold, Mirror Black and Mirror Purple. It is the first in this new wave of foldable smartphones to have its selfie camera built into the foldable screen – peeking from a small hole punch at the top to allow Samsung to squeeze more screen space into the device's body.
Express.co.uk we will share our initial impressions with the Galaxy Z Flip very soon. Stay tuned.