Motorola Razr, an updated plus upgraded version of Motorola Razr V3 (that was launched back in 2004) has built huge momentum for Motorola. With the release of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, more and more foldable smartphones are introduced by other smartphone brands as well. The biggest concern of having any foldable smartphone is the display. The display of a foldable device differs a lot from a regular smartphone. The display is just a foldable plastic and is very thin. You cannot even protect it with any tempered glass. That’s a huge disadvantage and not only that your nails can leave a deep mark on the display. The folding property of the display is another major concern for such a device. Recently, CNET performed a live folding test of Motorola Razr.

Motorola Razr CNET Folding Test

The folding test of Motorola Razr was supposed to be twelve hours long test but lasted for four hours only. The Motorola Razr hinge broke after 27,000 folds only with SquareTrade’s FoldBot. The goal of this durability test was to check whether the Razr could hold up to 100,000 folds. Unfortunately, it could not make it. Let’s do simple math. If average Joe folds his Motorola Razr approximately 100 times a day, then according to the test conducted by CNET, it would last less than a year (around 270) days only. A device of such a price ($1500) to last less than a year will definitely give you a heart attack. Previously, CNET conducted the folding test on Samsung Galaxy Fold with the same SquareTrade’s FoldBot. The number of folds on the Galaxy Fold was afar from the number of Razr. Galaxy Fold was able to withhold nearly 120,000 folds.

Motorola Officials Reply to CNET

This was obviously not amusing for Motorola. Following the test of CNET, Motorola official made the following statement, “[The] Razr is a unique smartphone, featuring a dynamic clamshell folding system unlike any device on the market. SquareTrade’s FoldBot is simply not designed to test our device. Therefore, any tests run utilizing this machine will put undue stress on the hinge and not allow the phone to open and close as intended, making the test inaccurate. The important thing to remember is that Razr underwent extensive cycle endurance testing during product development, and CNET’s test is not indicative of what consumers will experience when using Razr in the real-world. We have every confidence in the durability of Razr.”

Furthermore, Motorola released its version of the ‘real Razr flip test’. As per the statement made by Motorola, we can assume that CNET’s FoldBot may not have been properly calibrated. So, what’s your take on this? How many folds do you think Motorola Razr could hit?  Please comment down.


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