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”.
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.