Motorola Razr vs. Galaxy Fold: What sizzles and fizzles

    The Galaxy Fold, left, and Motorola Razr are foldable telephones with little in widespread.
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    Earlier this week I urged that the Motorola Razr might be a foldable cellphone for the remainder of us. At $1,500 it actually is not low-cost, and I’m not suggesting everybody run out and purchase one on Dec. 26 when preorders begin. But in comparison with the $1,980 Samsung Galaxy Fold, the Razr is a a lot simpler system to wield, and it seems to be sharper and extra phonelike as well. So whereas I discover the Razr’s design compelling and extra pure to make use of, in some ways, the Galaxy Fold is the higher improve.For $500 extra (and bear in mind, that is nonetheless an eye-watering $2,000 we’re speaking about right here for the Galaxy Fold) you get extra of every little thing — six cameras in comparison with two*, 75% extra battery capability and helpful extras like wi-fi charging. 

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    The Razr and Fold are stacked with trade-offs in terms of options and design, and we’re right here to match the early highs and lows. I say “early” as a result of Razr evaluate models are nonetheless to return, and together with it our traditional array of lab exams and observations from dwelling with the system day by day.Until then, this is how the Fold’s and Razr’s foldable screens and specs examine.*Not together with the time of flight (ToF) sensor, which is used to help with low-light pictures and cannot be used alone to take pictures.
    Motorola Razr design feels extra sensible and thought outIf you need your cellphone to appear like a cellphone, then the Razr’s vertical flip design might be extra for you, in comparison with the Fold, which opens like a ebook. The Razr’s smaller, narrower display (6.2-inch versus the Fold’s 7.3-inch show) is not about supplying you with a pill and cellphone in a single. It’s about bringing a really moveable system to individuals who need one thing smaller to shove into their pockets. That mentioned, the Fold is pocketable in its personal approach, stacking right into a slim, tall cellphone sandwich.What impresses me most in regards to the Razr is how all its parts make sense. Its cameras, bezels and buttons fall precisely the place they need to, in contrast to the Galaxy Fold, which has a thick plastic bezel and a bulbous notch that takes up a big portion of the display.The Galaxy Fold’s massive ole notch is difficult to like. 
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    Motorola already wins the display crease entranceIf the factor of a creased plastic display makes you cringe, you are out of luck. It’s what tender plastic does, and there is not any approach round that for now. But you will be gratified to know that in selecting to bend the Razr vertically, Motorola has a brief horizontal crease. It’s solely as large because the Razr itself — 2.8 inches in comparison with the Fold’s vertical crease of 6.3 inches.Yes, you’ll be able to nonetheless see it and really feel it when you attempt onerous sufficient, but it surely’s a lot much less noticeable on the Razr than on the Fold, which has a wider crease the place the 2 halves bend closed.Motorola and Samsung have each constructed metal plates behind their fragile shows for construction and assist. Motorola additionally claims that its onerous coat of plastic on prime of the digital parts is stronger than the Fold’s.Compared to the Galaxy Fold’s tall central crease, the Razr’s display seam is itty bitty.
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    You can do extra on the Galaxy Fold’s smallest screenI by no means thought I’d recognize the Fold’s cramped 4.6-inch outer display till I met the Razr’s 2.7-inch exterior show. The Razr’s tiny display truly does make sense, since its goal is especially to show notifications, together with sign and battery standing. But you’ll be able to open any Android app on the Fold’s outer display after which launch it on the within, which makes it extra helpful when you’re utilizing the Fold closed whereas on the go. I solely want typing weren’t such a nightmare.On the opposite hand, Motorola has restricted the Razr’s exterior display capabilities to a tidy variety of features, together with taking a self-portrait; carrying on a video name or a cellphone name over speakerphone or Bluetooth connection; and at last, listening to music that you have began on the bigger display first.The 4.6-inch show is not nice for typing, however not less than you’ll be able to open any Android app whilst you’re on the go.
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    Razr’s hinges and foldable show aren’t out of the hazard zonePeer intently on the Motorola Razr and you may see that a few of its bodily parts elevate questions and issues. Its hinge design excels, however the gears are partially uncovered on the inside and outside of the cellphone, which makes me marvel how simply crumbs, paper and fibers may gum up the gears.There’s additionally a slim channel, in regards to the thickness of my fingernail, that separates the show space from the bezel. I already noticed mud acquire alongside the highest particularly, however my important fear is how simply it might be to separate the highest coat from the plastic OLED it is making an attempt to guard.Samsung bumped into bother with this similar space, when early reviewers peeled off a protecting prime layer that resembled an optionally available mud guard you’d discover on many telephones. Removing this layer irreparably broken the cellphone. Dust may very nicely be the worst of the Razr’s issues right here, however the Fold’s troubles on this area make me jumpy.If you look very intently, you’ll be able to see a skinny channel between the plastic OLED show and the bezel.
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    The Fold display might be higher for videoAn sudden good thing about the Razr’s chin, the plastic bit that stands proud on the base of the cellphone, is utilizing it as a grip whereas watching video.But the Razr’s beanpole dimensions, which type a 21:9 ratio that Motorola calls Cinemavision, did not appear to uniformly complement each video I watched. The display’s so slim prime to backside, you just about have to look at every little thing in panorama mode.Pinch to zoom and also you may lose the highest and backside of the body. Leave or not it’s and also you may see massive black bars on the aspect. Hope for the very best and the picture may completely crop.Samsung’s Galaxy Fold has its personal weirdness within the type of the fats notch that sticks into your video like a sore thumb. Since it is off to at least one aspect, the one comfort there may be that it does not get in the way in which of the motion.The Fold’s extra common dimensions make it simpler to fill the display irrespective of the way you maintain it.
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    Razr’s digicam system is extra elegant, however provides you much less to work withThe Galaxy Fold brings you six high-powered cameras that produce wonderful pictures irrespective of which display you employ. That could be overkill. If Samsung had chosen a unique design, it could have made do with fewer expensive lenses.Motorola has the other downside. It has just one actual digicam, which suggests there is not any telephoto or wide-angle functionality that you simply’d anticipate from a premium cellphone. The Fold has each these, plus its important digicam and three extra front-facing sensors apart from. Yes, there is a time of flight sensor (ToF), however that is used for low-light pictures, not for capturing a brand new focal vary.Back to the Razr, its 16-megapixel digicam lives just under that small outer display and is the primary sensor for taking all of your pictures. You’ll discover a 5-megapixel lens once you flip the Razr open, but it surely’s supposed for video calls (which you can even assist from the primary digicam when the cellphone is closed so long as you provoke it from the inside display).I have not had an opportunity to check the digicam high quality, however will preserve a detailed eye on this when the evaluate unit is available in.This single Razr digicam takes all of the pictures you will want.
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    Galaxy Fold already wins on extrasSamsung’s foldable cellphone is a premium system that strives to be the equal of the Galaxy Note 10 Plus and the remainder of its top-tier telephones. In addition to a larger number of cameras, it boasts larger display space, a high-powered processor (Snapdragon 855 versus 710) and wi-fi charging on the again. You’ll additionally get double the Razr’s inside storage and RAM. In Korea and the UK, the Fold additionally comes with 5G assist.The Galaxy Fold has double the interior storage and RAM, and may cost wi-fi gadgets on its again.
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    Razr’s battery life continues to be up within the airMotorola guarantees that the Razr’s battery life will final you all day, and I’m extraordinarily curious to see how nicely it truly does. That’s as a result of the capability provides as much as a mere 2,500 mAh. For reference, the Google Pixel 4, which has mediocre battery efficiency, tops the Razr at 2,800 mAh.Even extra suspect, the batteries are cut up between the 2 halves of the foldable cellphone. This balances the system within the hand, however all issues being equal, one battery is extra environment friendly than two. We noticed the identical lower-than-expected efficiency with the Galaxy Fold as nicely (4,380 mAh).On the opposite hand, the Razr can be a smaller system with far much less display floor to cowl on each interior and outer shows, and that midtier Snapdragon processor we talked about above additionally consumes much less energy when processing at barely slower speeds than probably the most superior mannequin. The Razr is a smaller cellphone, with a smaller battery capability. Is that sufficient?
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    So what now?I’ve totally reviewed the Galaxy Fold (twice!) and have spent a good variety of hours with the Motorola Razr, however that is nonetheless just the start of evaluating these two groundbreaking foldable telephones. The subsequent step is to evaluate the Razr as quickly as I get it in my eagerly awaiting palms, after which to check the cameras, display sturdiness and all the remainder in opposition to the Galaxy Fold. Since the Razr does not ship till someday in January, it is seemingly that lots of our questions will stay unanswered for a while.Until then, learn up on what it is like to make use of the foldable Motorola Razr and Samsung Galaxy Fold, and peer behind the scenes to see how and why Motorola made the foldable Razr. It’s been a protracted, unusual yr for foldable telephones, and with these two gadgets, we’re lastly on our approach.Motorola Razr versus Samsung Galaxy Fold

    Motorola Razr

    Samsung Galaxy Fold

    Display measurement, decision

    Internal: 6.2-inch, foldable pOLED; 2,142x876p pixels (21:9) / External: 2.7-inch glass OLED, 800×600-pixels (4:3)

    Internal: 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 2,152×1,536-pixels (plastic) / External: 4.6-inch Dynamic AMOLED; 1,680×720-pixels (Gorilla Glass 6)

    Pixel density

    373ppi (inside display)

    362ppi (inside display)

    Dimensions (Inches)

    Unfolded: 6.8 x 2.8 x 0.28 in / Folded: 3.7 x 2.8 x 0.55 in

    Folded: 6.3 x 2.5 x 0.6 in / Unfolded: 6.3 x 4.6 x 0.3 in

    Dimensions (Millimeters)

    Unfolded: 172 x 7 2 x 6.9mm / Folded: 94 x 72 x 14mm

    Folded: 62.8 x 161 x 15.7mm ~ 17.1mm / Unfolded: 117.9 x 161 x 6.9mm ~ 7.6mm

    Weight (Ounces, Grams)

    7.2 oz; 205g

    9.7 oz; 276g

    Mobile software program

    Android 9 Pie

    Android 9.0 with Samsung One UI


    16-megapixel exterior (f/1.7, twin pixel AF), 5-megapixel inside

    12-megapixel (wide-angle), 16-megapixel (extremely wide-angle), 12-megapixel (telephoto)

    Front-facing digicam

    Same as important 16-megapixel exterior

    Two 10-megapixel, 8-megapixel 3D depth

    Video seize


    4K (HDR 10+)


    Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2.2GHz, octa-core)

    Qualcomm Snapdragon 855







    Expandable storage






    Fingerprint sensor

    Below display

    Power button




    Headphone jack



    Special options

    Foldable show, eSIM, Motorola gestures, splashproof

    Foldable show, wi-fi charging, quick charging

    Price off-contract (USD)



    Price (GBP)

    Converts to £1,167


    Price (AUD)

    Converts to AU$2,183


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