Folding phones are the future, but will they really be good? The newly released Razr is Motorola's answer to that question, and it is a nostalgic breath that brings the iconic design of the Razr V3 to 2019. The horizontal fold is at a distance from the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which uses a vertical fold to hide a screen The size of a tablet. But which design is better? What phone should you buy right now? We put the two most attractive folding phones face to face to find out: Motorola Razr vs. Samsung Galaxy Fold
|Motorola Razr||Samsung Galaxy Fold|
|Size||Unfolded: 172 x 72 x 6.9 mm, folded: 94 x 72 x 14 mm||Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 7.5 mm, folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 17 mm|
|Weight||205 grams||263 grams|
|Screen size||6.2 inches POLED and 2.7 inches GOLED||7.3 inches Dynamic AMOLED and 4.6-inches Super AMOLED|
|Screen resolution||2142 x 876 pixels and 800 x 600 pixels||2152 x 1536 pixels and 1680 x 720 pixels|
|Operating system||Android 9.0 Pie||Android 9.0 Pie|
|MicroSD slot||Do not||Do not|
|Tap-to-pay service||Google Pay||Google Pay, Samsung Pay|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 710||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|Camera||Rear: 16 megapixels
Lead: 5 megapixels
|Rear: 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle triple lens, 12MP standard with OIS and variable aperture, and 12MP telephoto with OIS.
Closed: 10 megapixels
Front display: 10MP and 8MP.
|Video||Not confirmed yet||2160p at 60 fps, 1080p at 240 fps, 720p at 960 fps|
|Bluetooth version||Bluetooth 5.0||Bluetooth 5.0|
|Waterproof||Not recommended||Do not|
15W fast charge
|4,380mAh (4,325mAh 5G model)
Quick Charge 2.0 (18W)
Qi wireless charging
|App Store||Google Play Store||Google Play Store|
|Colors||Noir black||Cosmos Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, and Astro Blue|
|Price||$ 1,500||$ 1,980|
|buy on||Motorola||Samsung, AT&T|
Performance, battery life and charge
Samsung did everything imaginable for its first foldable phone, introducing as much hardware as possible in the Galaxy Fold. It comes with the powerful Snapdragon 855, a huge 12 GB RAM and 512 GB of storage. There is no expansion slot for MicroSD card, but it hardly seems necessary. These specifications will be excessive in normal smart phones, but with the huge internal screen of the Galaxy Fold and its great multitasking potential, a lot of hardware is required to keep the Galaxy Fold's performance smooth and smooth.
Motorola has not used the best specifications on its flagships for a while, and nothing seems to have changed with the Motorola Razr. Instead, you will find the mid-range Snapdragon 710, 6 GB of RAM and 128 GB of storage, without expansion for MicroSD. They are good specifications, but you apply them with the latest 3D games and you may see a slowdown. That storage of 128 GB is quite ample, but for movie or movie lovers gamers, the lack of additional space can hurt. Even so, the performance is good.
We have not had the opportunity to try the Razr battery, but we are really worried that the capacity of 2,150 mAh has a hard time spending the day. Most modern flagships use at least 3,000 mAh, and such a small battery could mean a disaster for Motorola's folding. The massive internal screen of the Galaxy Fold requires a much larger 4,380 mAh battery to be able to use it throughout the day. Only the Galaxy Fold has wireless charging, although both have similar levels of fast charging.
While there is still much to answer in regards to the performance and duration of the Razr's battery, it is clear that the Galaxy Fold is the most powerful of the two.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold
Design and durability
These two phones represent very different design philosophers. The Galaxy Fold embraces the future of the big screen, unfolding in a 7.3-inch one. There is a considerable notch that houses the lenses for selfies in the upper right corner, but otherwise it is almost all screen. In the front, the 4.6-inch screen is surrounded by lots of bezels.
The Motorola Razr is, in a word, irresistible. Motorola has borrowed a lot from the name of the phone, updating the original iconic style of the Motorola Razr V3 for a modern audience. The 6.2-inch internal screen is still large, but the emphasis here is on delivering a large, portable screen, rather than a tablet that can be put in a pocket. Motorola has used the foldable phone so that a 6.2-inch screen fits easily in a pocket, and seems to have worked. There is still a notch, but it is small, and on the front, the 2.7-inch screen adapts very well to the design.
Neither of them has water resistance, and neither is likely to be so durable. Folding phones are still a new technology, and it is likely that it will take some time before we see them resistant and almost indestructible. However, the Razr's steel frame gives it a clear advantage.
We give this tem to the Razr for its good design.
Winner: Motorola Razr
The main screen of the Razr is a 6.2-inch plastic OLED with a resolution of 2,142 x 876 pixels. Outside, you will find a 2.7-inch OLED glass screen with a resolution of 800 x 600. Both are OLED screens of excellent appearance, but the relatively low resolution is not enough to face the double screens of the Galaxy Fold. The 4.6-inch Super AMOLED display on the front has a sharp resolution of 1,680 x 720, but it is the 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED display with a resolution of 2,152 x 1536 pixels that steals the show. Samsung has been making the best screens for some time, and the Galaxy Fold is a clear example, with strong blacks and vibrant colors.
While the fold is a major disadvantage, the Fold's screens are still much stronger than Razr's.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold
The Galaxy Fold is a large phone, and that means it has more space for camera lenses. Samsung's foldable phone has six lenses in total. The folded front houses a 10 megapixel lens, while the unfolded screen shows another 10 megapixel lens with an 8 megapixel lens with depth detection. On the back, there is a 16 megapixel ultra wide angle lens, a standard 12 megapixel lens (with variable aperture) and a 12 megapixel telephoto lens. It is a formidable configuration, even if it is not good enough to be one of the best camera phones on the market.
However, it is kilometers ahead of the Razr's chamber. The Motorola has a 16-megapixel main lens on the back of the phone, joined by a 5-megapixel front lens. It is unlikely that the Razr could compete with the Fold's camera, but it still has some tricks up its sleeve. You can take selfies with the main lens using the external screen when folded, and when it is displayed, the external screen can show timers and a preview of the finished photo.
But even with these ingenious tricks, there is no way the Razr can beat the six Fold lenses.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold
Software and updates
Both phones run Android 9.0 Pie, but the Galaxy Fold hides it under Samsung's custom One UI mask. It is a good mask, with some extras that you will not find in normal Android. The Razr uses an Android close to stock, with some Motorola additions. Your choice between these two is personal, but, honestly, it won't take long to get used to any of them.
The speed of software update is more important, and inexplicably Samsung is still one of the slowest upgraders in the business. For worse, Motorola is also not the fastest on the hill. Looking at the statistics, we hope that Samsung can beat Motorola in its update to Android 10.
It is a difficult category to rate, since we prefer the thin Android version of Motorola, but Samsung tends to update a little (a little) faster. It's a tie.
The Razr comes with all the usual Motorola special features, including Moto Actions (for gesture control). There are some features specifically linked to the external screen, including new camera features and the ability to verify your notifications, reply to messages and more, using only the smallest external screen.
But the Galaxy Fold comes equipped with Samsung's usual list of special features, and wins with pure numbers. There is wireless Powershare to charge other Qi, Bixby, Samsung Health, Knox and Health charging devices, among other special features. Not to mention the massive internal screen, which turns your phone into a tablet when necessary. It's a Samsung win here.
Winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold
Price and availability
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is currently available on AT&T and T-Mobile, and also unlocked on Samsung. It costs $ 1,980 dollars. The Motorola Razr will be available for pre-order as of December 26 and will ship on January 9, 2020. Start at $ 1,500 dollars, and be available exclusively on Verizon.
Overall winner: Samsung Galaxy Fold
With more powerful specifications, a more attractive display and a superior camera system, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is technically the winner of this comparison. But there is something more essential that you should answer only t: what do you expect to get from a folding phone? If you want a phone that works as a tablet, buy the Galaxy Fold. If the idea of reducing a normal phone to a cheaper and rather attractive package, the Motorola Razr will be the obvious choice.
But do you really want good advice? Maybe it's better to wait for a tempo. Not only are they incredibly expensive phones, but they are also the first generation of their kind, which means that they have not yet solved the many mistakes and problems they already present, not counting those they will present in the future. If you're really obsessed with being the first in your group to have a phone with a folding screen, go ahead: but if you're still not sure, wait until the next generation of foldable phones reaches the market.