We’re still not sure when you can actually buy the reworked flip phone in the store, but we do have a brand new video of the folding Motorola Razr screen to watch – because Motorola was apparently so unhappy with the original CNET folding test he decided to share a video that he calls “The real razr flip test”.
The first thing you will probably notice is how slowly and surely Motorola’s robot opens and closes that screen – you see them fold six times in this video. More importantly, the Motorola bot does not exert pressure on the hinge itself. It is a soft, rod-shaped hand that pushes the screen open and a second hand that snaps it shut.
The reason that is important is because CNET did not really end up destroying the foldable OLED screen of the Razr – the publication damaged the hinge and it is not clear whether that hinge damage was caused by CNETThe machine (borrowed from SquareTrade) is not properly designed or calibrated, or because there is an error with the hinge in the Motorola handset.
Motorola claims that of course CNETIt’s the machine’s fault. Here is a statement that Motorola has sent us alongside the video link:
The FoldBot from SquareTrade is simply not designed to test our device. Therefore, all tests performed with this machine will cause unnecessary stress on the hinge and will not open and close the phone as intended, making the test inaccurate. The most important thing to remember is that razr has undergone extensive cycle durability testing during product development, and the CNET test is not indicative of what consumers will experience when using razr in the real world. We have every confidence in the sustainability of RAZR.
But I find it hard to think that the Motorola robot test tells us much more than that CNETDid. Even if the SquareTrade robot may have put too much stress on the hinge, Motorola seems to have no stress at all on the hinge and I would imagine that the reality would be somewhere in between. A real person could say some stress on the hinge – not to mention throwing into bags next to dirt and debris.
It is worth remembering that the original Galaxy Fold from Samsung had to be redesigned, partly because dust could get into the hinge and damage the screen, although we had seen the Samsung robots many times before, a test who gave the company sufficient confidence to claim it would “survive 200,000 fold”, or roughly five years of use at 100 folds per day.
And it’s not a big sign of confidence that you can’t find the Razr in stores yet, or that the company didn’t sow it with reviewers well before the launch day, or that – although Motorola says the phone’s screen is at least must last two years – it also says that “lumps and bumps” is a normal thing to expect.