Foldables are here to stay, and Samsung so far is probably the only smartphone manufacturer to score a profit on the emerging niche with the revisited Galaxy Fold. Motorola, one the other hand, struck the nostalgia nerve of many with its new Razr flip phone. It seems that one flipped the switch over at Samsung, which quickly came up with its own ‘flippable’ phone, the Galaxy Z Flip, which was unveiled on February 11 alongside the Galaxy S20-series. Flippin’ awesome!
Design & display
Galaxy Z Flip hands-on images”
Motorola Razr hands-on images
Meanwhile, the Motorola Razr still relies on a plastic-covered display, but thanks to the ingenious hinge that allows the display to actually retract within the handset when folded. This makes the display crease virtually non-existent, or at least way less noticeable in comparison with other foldable devices, mainly the Galaxy Fold. There doesn’t seem to be such a mechanism present on the Galaxy Z Flip, meaning that it would probably have a more perceptible crease.
Motorola Razr hands-on images
Specs comparison table
It’s hard to keep secrets these days, and this fully applies to Samsung’s worst kept secret as even the dimensions of the Galaxy Z Flip got leaked. Here’s how it measures up against the Motorola Razr.
When unfolded, the two devices are pretty similar in terms of overall size. Here’s a relative comparison of the two in their unfolded states.
Hardware isn’t really important on foldable phones, as the form factor itself is a solid reason to command a premium price tag. The Galaxy Z Flip with the Snapdragon 855 platform on deck is a definitely the better-spec’d device between the two. Moreover, Samsung has put 8GB of RAM on deck and 256GB of non-expandable storage.
However, both the Galaxy Z Flip and Moto Razr are likely to suffer from the childhood illness of sub-par battery life – the batteries inside are simply not big enough to deliver anything better than a day worth of battery life at least. The Z Flip will likely have a 3,300mAh battery, while the Razr has a 2,510mAh battery.
Neither the Motorola Razr or the Galaxy Z Flip put any real emphasis on the camera experience. For all intents and purposes, the cameras are there just for the sake of it and won’t really push the boundaries of mobile photography any further. A humble entrant that would take the job done — but not much else.
Anyway, the Galaxy Z Flip dons a dual camera, consisting of 12MP main and another 12MP ultra wide-angle cameras. With a 10MP selfie camera punching a hole through the display, the Z Flip is certainly a more potent phone when it comes to camera prowess. Photos come out sharp, detailed, and colorful, similar to many previous flagships, suggesting that Samsung did not take any shortcuts here.
Galaxy Z Flip camera samples
Price, release date, and expectations
The Motorola Razr has a $1,500 price tag, which is a bit steep for what you’re getting. If it were a regular phone, it would have been lambasted and totally destroyed, but none of this will happen with the razr, because it plays so well with your nostalgia. It’s a proof of concept that sets the stage for something much bigger for Motorola’s future. It’s also a foldable phone done right, showing that foldables don’t need to be those quirky monstrosities that look so unnatural and unwieldy.
The Moto Razr could be released any day now, while rumors peg the Galaxy Z Flip release date for sometime in late March/early April.