Motorola releases its own razr folding test video

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Last week CNET began its review of the new foldable Motorola razr by doing a durability test to gauge the strength of its hinge. Unfortunately the test did not go too well for the razr, lasting about 27 000 folds before issues started popping up.

Now Motorola has released its own video of a “flip test” for the razr, along with an explanation as to why the CNET test got the results it did.

Before we touch on that the video (embedded below), features four devices in a foldbot being opened and closed several times.

The procedure is far slower than what CNET did, and there is no pressure being placed on the hinge itself. Whether this is an accurate simulation of how users will be opening and closing their device is unclear, but already Motorola’s test is far different from the CNET version.

It should also be noted that the foldbot used in the video below was specifically designed and calibrated for use on the Motorola razr, whereas the CNET one was initially used to test the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

“SquareTrade’s FoldBot is simply not designed to test our device. Therefore, any tests run utilizing this machine will put undue stress on the hinge and not allow the phone to open and close as intended, making the test inaccurate,” the firm noted in a statement provided to The Verge.

“The important thing to remember is that razr underwent extensive cycle endurance testing during product development, and CNET’s test is not indicative of what consumers will experience when using razr in the real-world. We have every confidence in the durability of raz,” it adds.

It is also worthwhile noting that the Motorola razr used in the CNET test only suffered damage to the hinge, with the foldable screen portion of the device remaining intact.

As such the jury is still out for us as to whether the new foldable phone is indeed as durable as Motorola is claiming. We’ll reserve proper judgement though for the coming weeks, when more online publications will begin releasing their reviews of the device.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.