10 April 2020
There is no doubt that foldable phones are fun and cool to look at or even to use for a while but when it comes to durability, it seems like they are yet to check that box. Motorola's first foldable phone Razr (2019) went on sale last month and the company even released videos about how to take care of the folding display. But if we talk about the hinge durability, things do not look good for the smartphone.
The Motorola Razr was put under a folding test by CNET folks using a robotic machine called FoldBot. It is the same machine they used for testing the Samsung Galaxy Fold last year. While that smartphone managed to last for around 120,000 folds, Motorola's offering started showing signs of discomfort way sooner than anyone's expectations. The Razr's hinge lasted for only 27,000 folds as compared to the set target of 100,000 folds.
The team started Razr folding test on a live stream and expected it to last for at least 12 hours but they had to stop the test just after four hours. They first noticed that the machine was unable to fold the smartphone which got them curious. They took the phone in their own hands for manual-folding and it was quickly evident that something was wrong. CNET's Chris Parker noted that it had become a little harder to fold the Razr and the whole mechanism was not as fluidic as it was in the beginning.
It appeared as something was preventing the device from getting folded. They tried putting the device back on the machine to see if it will work but nothing changed. The only good thing is that despite showing troubles in the folding mechanism, the Motorola Razr's display was working absolutely fine. But if 27,000 folds count is anywhere close to the durability of the hinge, it seems very unlikely that the phone will last even for a year. And as mentioned in the beginning, the folding machine was originally meant for Samsung's foldable phone and not for Motorola's offering.
You can check the complete Motorola Razr folding test video below: