Motorola RAZR: its hinge breaks after being folded 27,000 times

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The Motorola Razr could have been folded 27,000 times before its hinge broke, preventing the screen from closing. This is the conclusion of a test that Cnet conducted, using a robot, for almost four hours. The smartphone does not reach the durability of the corrected version of the Galaxy Fold.

Our colleagues from Cnet have teamed up with the insurer SquareTrade to push the durability of the foldable Motorola Razr to its limits. The idea was, using a machine capable of folding and unfolding the smartphone and has a counter, to see after how long the smartphone would be damaged or even become unusable. All in a livestream, allowing you to witness the device’s agony directly.

Of course, this test is in itself imperfect. Each time it folds the smartphone in exactly the same way, in a relatively clean environment. In real conditions, the hinge and the screen will necessarily undergo a greater variety of constraints, and the presence of dirt can make things worse. However, Cnet had already done the same test on the revised and corrected version of the Galaxy Fold. This at least makes it possible to compare the resistance of these two devices to this robotic stress test.

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Moto Razr fall short of 28,000 folds

It will not have taken more than four hours of stream and 27,000 folds for the Motorola Razr. However, it was not the screen, but the hinge that forced Cnet and SquareTrade to end their test. Towards the end of the video, the hinge indeed seems to break, so that it is no longer possible to fold the smartphone normally. On closer inspection it can be seen that part of the mechanism is no longer correctly aligned within the required tolerance margins.

The test of the corrected version of the Galaxy Fold required 14 hours of streaming. The smartphone could have been folded 119,380 times before half of the screen went black, therefore unusable.

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