Motorola’s new smartphone, Razr stopped folding fully after just over 27,000 folds and around three-and-a-half hours in the “FoldBot” folding machine of CNET. Problems came up after the team took out the phone from the machine to examine it for the third time, after which they came to know that, the phone was it struggling to fold. When somehow they finally did manage to close it, the hinge seemed to come out of alignment. However, regardless of the folding situation, the phone’s screen was still fully operational.
Will it only last for 12 months?
If we make a simple assumption that a person checks out their phone between 80 and 150 times a day, then this particular Razr on which the test was performed would have failed after six to 12 months of use. Motorola hasn’t commented on how many folds it expects the Razr to be able to survive, however, noted that it should survive at least two years. It also provides a one-year warranty for “defects incurred during normal use.”
There are some admonitions about the test conducted by CNET that are worth mentioning. First is that the “FoldBot” machine they used had some problems with the phone for a while before they officially finished the experiment. From the stream, it looked like the machine was only partially closing the phone at few points, which may have been a signal that the hinge was already broken prior to the 27,000 fold mark. Chris Parker, CNET host also pointed out that the machine might not have been correctly calibrated to fold the Razr, as the company experimenting didn’t have a phone to test it with.
Second Folding Test
This is the second folding test for torturing a phone that CNET has done on a foldable after it pushed the Galaxy Fold through this test in October last year. That time, Samsung’s phone endured about 120,000 folds before its screen broke. That’s a lot longer than the Razr; however, it still fell short of the 200,000 folds claimed by Samsung.
Moreover, CNET only tested a single device, leading to a result that is far from conclusive. However, others have also pointed out issues with the build quality of the Razr. Several reviewers have been sharing videos of the way the foldable handset by Motorola groans and creaks as it folds, and a video from BBC News displayed how it’s possible to lift the plastic screen off the handset, which could have implications for dust and dirt getting into the device.
Either way, it’s not a good sign for a premium device worth $1,499 and implies that manufacturers still have a long way to go before foldables can become anything other than an early-adopter curiosity.
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