The new Motorola Razr is the world’s first foldable smartphone that sports a clamshell form factor. Design and hardware specifications aside, have you ever wondered about how durable it actually is as a foldable device? Thankfully, the guys at CNET have the answer.
The CNET team recently conducted a folding test on the Motorola Razr by using their specially made Square Trade FoldBot machine, which would continuously folds and unfolds the phone. A digital counter records the total number of folds done during the test, which allows the team to indicate the Razr’s eventual breaking point.
Testing ended after a total of 27,218 folds when the phone could no longer close up properly. After removing the Razr from the FoldBot, the team discovered that the phone’s hinge was broken and wouldn’t allow it to seamlessly fold shut.
However, the handset would still fold if a bit of pressure is applied in the process, but an apparent ratchet-like click can be heard when doing so. Despite its hinge giving out, the Motorola Razr’s screen still works perfectly fine, as well as the rest of its inner hardware.
So how does it fare against the Samsung Galaxy Fold? Not so great. Undergoing the same test on the FoldBot, the Korean brand’s foldable phone lasted a staggering count of over 120,000 folds before it eventually broke down.
All in all, these tests are merely food for thought and are used mostly for analytical purposes. It’s very unlikely that owners of any foldable smartphone would irresponsibly abuse its folding mechanisms to such extremes. As we’ve covered before, the cost for carelessness is certainly not cheap.