Hi, I'm Chris Parker.
Less than 24 hours ago, we finally got our hands on the Motorola razor folding screen phones.
We attempted to fold it one hundred thousand times, but that's not quite what happened.
Let's take a look and see what.
It's the redo of the razor that was such a legendary phone.
Now it folds with its screen creasing as well.
I shouldn't say creasing we'll find that out later, we're going to do what is rapidly becoming the famous CNET fold test that thing right there which my colleague Chris Parker, the folding editor in chief is about to mount up the razor in there.
We're gonna work this thing back and forth.
It's gonna be mesmerizing to watch it, and see how it holds up.
I'm just gonna turn on the lowest speed.
I'll see how it does.
doesn't like that.
Okay, so do some adjustments.
So as we move that back and forth, we'll get this just right.
So it's not giving us any resistance, therefore we know that it's doing a natural fold of the device.
And let's see our counter.
You can see how we're at we're at a low speed right now and what do you got?
You got a little other rheostat down there to crank it up.
Much faster now.
Seems like it's doing all right.
I'm gonna go ahead and turn up to full speed.
That's not full speed.
That's Full Tilt.
That's Full Tilt.
We got folks.
It about two and a half times per second 150 a minute.
So to our friends at Motorola, who I know are watching right now, gnashing their teeth.
[LAUGH] We're going to once again remind you that Motorola asked us very politely to remind the audience.
That, they recognize what we're doing here and that it is a test that doesn't necessarily replicate the way you're going to use the phone.
You ain't going to be doing that.
But, Motorola says that they did their own extreme testing in their own environment and that they have.
Thoroughly fought this idea through that this thing needs to handle a lot of folds and keep on ticking the very next day.
So just to get that out and air that out on their behalf.
This is the same machine we used when we tested the Galaxy Fold back in October, that phone survived almost 120,000 folds over about 14 hours.
this one we are gonna try and run 100,000 times and see how long that takes and see how it's holding up after that.
It's coming up on 2 o;clock right now and Almost time for our first check in of the day.
We are just past 10,000 folds.
So we're gonna stop the machine now.
And it hasn't fallen into a million pieces yet, which is good.
Still on too, and it's going strong.
If we fold it, so can you hear that?
They were saying that the review units did that too, I thought, right?
There have been several reports from a lot of people in the public who've had this phone for a couple days now, and some review units that, yes, they started developing this squeak in the hinge.
Besides the noise it the motion feels [UNKNOWN] The screen is perfectly intact.
No dead pixels, nothing.
[SOUND] Three o'clock here on the west coast.
Time for our check in, we're just past 19,000 folds, I wanna reach over, turn this baby off.
All right, so we've got this guy out of here.
As we can see the screen is still looking sharp.
Now this is the big question.
Yeah, it's a little unnerving to hear.
It actually sounds a little bit like baby out if you listen to it with the right tone and tenor
Is just about four o'clock Where's we're checking in at the top of every hour, so Make sure you come back.
I think it wants to stop right now.
Let's turn this thing off here.
I feel sorry sometimes for the phone.
This is this rough.
Little screen is coming on.
nice and clear.
It's definitely making a different noise now.
Is it better?
It seems to be getting worse I think, yeah.
I can definitely see why the machines having a hard time with it now.
Did you feel its resistance on the phone?
It's definitely resisting.>> Really.
Me trying to fold it here
That noise is not supposed to happen for sure.
And now, boo-ya!
Yeah, that's not good.
That's not good.
Personally, I don't think it's going to work in this machine anymore.
Which leaves me to ask, what do we do now?
If any of my bosses are paying attention-
What should we do?
So after over 27,000 folds and almost four hours of time, I had to pull the plug on the test.
Now at that point, the screen was still working fine.
I was able to fold the hinge But it was very rickety and creaky and obviously not the way it was supposed to be working.
So to say this phone is broken at this point is a little bit of an overstatement, but it certainly isn't working the way it was designed to work, but the story wasn't over there.
Today, Motorola got in touch and issued a statement in reaction to the test.
You can find that whole statement and article but in short, Motorola says Squaretrade full body is simply not designed to test our device.
Therefore, any tests run utilizing this machine will put undue stress on the hands and not allow the phone to open and close as intended.
cnet's test is not indicative of what consumers will experience when using the razor in the real world.
We have every confidence in the durability of the race.
But the only way we'll know for sure how durable these phones are over time is to wait and see with years of real use.
But as long as companies keep making these foldable phones, we intend to keep bringing you these tests.
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