Motorola New Razr Hinges Fails After 27,000 Folds During Cnet’s Strength Test


  • CNET planned to run the folding test for the Razr on a 12-hour livestream, but in less than four-hour mark, the phone’s hinges failed.
  • In the early part of the durability test, the FoldBot didn’t thoroughly fold the phone in several instances.
  • CNET host thinks that the FoldBot machine may not be properly attuned for the Razr fold test.

Buying may not yet be an option, at least for now, with the Motorola Razr. This is ensuing the FoldBot test, a fold and unfold machine by SquareTrade for durability assessment, conducted by CNET.

At only 27,000 folds in less than four hours of the test, the new Razr’s hinge failed, and the phone can no longer be folded as intended.

Apparently, CNET planned to live stream their Motorola Razr 100,000 fold test challenge for 12 hours, though things didn’t look good at the beginning of the episode.

As early as the third attempt, CNET’s team noticed the issues and learned that the Razr was harder to fold and won’t even close. After several attempts to close the phone, the team eventually did, but the configuration of the hinges was out of place. The test ended around three and a half hours mark.

The touch screen, though, was still working even with the folding issue.

Yet, several things can be noted about the CNET test, though.  As seen in the earlier parts of their stream, the FoldBot used had seemed to have problems testing the folding mechanism of the Razr for some time before they decided to stop the trial.

In the same stream, there are instances where the phone is not fully closed, which could have been an indication that the hinge was already broken before reaching 27,000 folds. CNET’s livestream host, Chris Parker, also observed that the FoldBot machine might not be tuned to fold the Razr. SquareTrade, after all, doesn’t have a specific phone model to test its setting with.

Considering the result of the test, and supposing that a user checks his phone on an average of 80-150 times daily, then the Razr is broken within only 6 to 12 months of continuous use.

Motorola has previously shown various videos on how to properly take care of the Razr, though, nothing was mentioned about its folding endure. The phone should last for two years, and the company also offers a warranty that runs for a year for “defects incurred during normal use.”

It was October of last year that CNET first tested the Razr’s fold under similar conditions, and using FoldBot. At that durability test, the Razr survived up to 120,000.

In other reviews as well, several tech vloggers had posted videos showing how Motorola Razr phone creaks as it folds.

For a price tag of $1,499, things are not looking good for Motorola Razr.  It’s a clear sign that phone makers are still not fully prepared for the foldable.

Source: The Verge

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