Galaxy Z Flip vs. Motorola Razr: how Samsung's foldable phone compares to Moto

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On the left is the Motorola Razr and on the right is the Galaxy Z Flip.

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If you are a fan of folding phones, February has been a good month. Motorola launched its new folding phone Razr, with retro look, a shell design and a high folding screen. Tuesday at Samsung unpacked event in San Francisco, the Galaxy Z Flip debuted, which also has a folding phone design with folding screen. The Razr and the Galaxy Z Flip have both in common, as their high screens with a ratio of 21: 9, since they do it is different, including the fact that Motorola's folding screen is plastic, while Samsung uses a piece of ultrathin glass.

The Z Flip is Samsung's tracking at Galaxy Fold, while the Razr is Motorola's first and only folding phone. I spent a week testing the new Razr for an in-depth review, and had a practical time with the Z Flip in the Unpacked event. This is how the two phones compare.

Read: 8 Galaxy Z Flip features to test first

The Razr costs $ 1,499, while the Z Flip costs $ 1,380. In terms of specifications, the Z Flip has a more powerful processor, two rear cameras, Android 10, a larger battery and double storage. Razr uses an eSIM and is sold as exclusive on Verizon. The Z Flip has a SIM card and can be purchased at any major US operator. UU..

They are about the same size, but the Razr feels heavier. When closed, the Z Flip has a square shape that mimics a Nintendo Gameboy Advance SP, the classic 2003 handheld console. When it opens, the Z Flip has a taller 6.7-inch OLED display, while the Razr has a 6.2 inch screen.

Both the screen and the body of the Z Flip fold perfectly in half. In the Razr, the screen is folded in half, but the lower part of the body is longer than the upper, like the 2004 Razr flip original phone. Razr's prominent chin is tall and sits flush when the body is closed.

Opening and closing both phones is wonderful. The Z Flip is easier to use and open with one hand, while the Razr has a more controlled opening and closing. As for closing the phone at once, the more flexible hinge of the Z Flip offers a more satisfying "zwap" sound.

Both phones have an external display. The Z Flip has a 1.1-inch wide pill-shaped screen on the outside that allows you to answer phone calls, interact with notifications and take selfies, as well as show the time, date and battery status. I should point out that both phones accumulate spots a bit, but the Galaxy Z Flip is on another level of stains.

The 2.7-inch exterior quick-view screen of the Razr works in two ways. When the phone is locked, it becomes a Peek screen and allows you to view notifications. When you unlock the screen, you get additional access to a mini control panel (brightness, flashlight, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and selfies) and you can interact with notifications. Press and hold an icon to quickly view messages and notifications. It is wonderfully discreet.

For more information on the difference between these two phones, see our specifications table below. And for more information on the other devices Samsung presented this week, read everything the company announced in Unpacked.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip specifications compared to Motorola Razr

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Motorola Razr

Screen size, resolution

Internal: 6.7 inches FHD Plus Dynamic AMOLED; 2,636×1,080 pixels / External: 1.1 inches Super AMOLED; 300×112 pixels

Internal: 6.2 inches, POLEDO foldable; 2,142×876 pixels (21: 9) / External: 2.7-inch OLED glass, 800×600 pixels (4: 3)

Pixel density

425ppi (internal) / 303ppi (external)

373ppi (internal display)

Dimensions (inches)

Folded: 2.99 x 3.44 x 0.62 ~ 0.68 in. / Unfold: 2.99 x 6.59 x 0.27 ~ 0.28 in.

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

Dimensions (mm)

Folded: 73.6 x 87.4 x 15.4 ~ 17.3 mm / unfolded: 73.6 x 167.3 x 6.9 ~ 7.2 mm

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

Weight (ounces, grams)

6.46 oz .; 183g

7.2 oz .; 205g

Mobile software

Android 10

Android 9 Pie

Camera

12 megapixels (wide angle), 12 megapixels (ultra wide angle)

16 external megapixels (f1.7, dual pixel autofocus), 5 internal megapixels

Frontal camera

10 megapixels

Same as the main external 16 megapixel

Video capture

4K (HDR 10)

4K

Processor

64-bit Octa-core

Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 (2.2GHz, octa-core)

Storage

256GB

128GB

RAM

8GB

6GB

Expandable storage

TBA

None

Battery

3,300 mAh

2,510 mAh

Fingerprint sensor

Side

Under the screen

Connector

USB-C

USB-C

Headphone jack

Do not

Do not

Special features

Folding screen, wireless PowerShare, wireless charging, fast charging

Folding screen, eSIM, Motorola gestures, splash proof

Price without contract (USD)

$ 1,380

$ 1,499

Price (GBP)

£ 1,300

Converts to £ 1,170

Price (AUD)

The price of the United Kingdom is converted to AU $ 2,500

Convert to AU $ 2,185


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