A few days ago, CNET shared the result of the sustainability test to which he submitted the
foldable smartphone from
Motorola. The phone was entrusted to the FoldBot robot in order to test its resistance. The robot thus used the foldable screen of the phone through cycles of openings and closings. After 27,000 openings, the device reportedly showed significant signs of weakness.
For comparison, Samsung's foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, survived 120,000 open / close cycles under the same conditions. In fact, at the rate of 73 folding and unfolding per day, the
Motorola Razr lifetime would be approximately 1 year. Knowing that a user is using their
smartphone between 80 and 150 times a day on average, it could even be shorter.
Faced with bad publicity from CNET, Motorola was quick to respond, stating that the media’s results were not correct. "Motorola is doing extensive testing to make sure its phones can handle daily use and last for years. The Razr has been tested in machines specifically designed to simulate real-life use and we are confident of its durability, "said Motorola in
Only the future will tell us
The American manufacturer also questions the robot used for the tests, in a press release sent to The Verge : "The SquareTrade FoldBot is simply not designed to test our device. Therefore, any test performed using this machine will put excessive pressure on the hinge and will not allow the phone to open and close as expected, making the test inaccurate. "
"The important thing to remember is that the Razr has undergone extensive cycle endurance testing during product development, and the CNET is not indicative of what consumers will experience when using Razr in the real world. We have every confidence in the durability of Razr, ”insists Motorola.
A prohibitive price
However, CNET wasn’t the only critic of Motorola’s foldable smartphone. BBC News demonstrated in a video that the Motorola Razr’s screen can be easily peeled off the phone.
Sold for 1,499 dollars, the phone is only available online. It might be worthwhile to wait for the first user reviews – not all of the trade press has received them – before falling for this foldable phone.