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As Galaxy Z Flip release date arrives, Motorola disputes claims Razr will only last a year

Motorola has rubbished claims its revived Razr can only withstand 27,000 folds – around one year of use for most smartphone users, if the latest research around the number of times most people pick-up and check their handset each day are to be believed – before the pliable OLED display shows signs of serious damage.

CNET conducted the ill-fated durability test on the brand-new foldable, which has the same flip phone design as the original Razr from the mid-00s but switches the alpha-numeric keypad for a single uninterrupted folding touchscreen, using a FoldBot device. After thousands of rapid-fire folds over the course of three hours, the hinge on the new Razr kicked the bucket. However, Motorola says the FoldBot, which is built by a firm called SquareTrade, put “undue stress on the hinge” by not allowing the foldable smartphone to “open and close as intended”.

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The smartphone manufacturer issued the statement to technology blog Engadget following the unveiling of the rival folding phone, Galaxy Z Flip, at the latest Samsung Unpacked hardware showcase on Tuesday night.

The full statement from Motorola reads: “Razr is a unique smartphone, featuring a dynamic clamshell folding system unlike any device on the market.

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