How Samsung’s foldable screen Galaxy Z Flip compares with new Moto Razr2 min read . Updated: 12 Feb 2020, 12:43 PM IST
- Moto Razr has an additional 2.7-inch screen
- Galaxy Fold doesn’t have secondary screen
Foldable screen is the new buzzword in consumer tech, but OEMs are still figuring out what form factor is most suited for it.
Early 2019 saw phones like Samsung Galaxy Fold, Royale's FlexPai and Huawei Mate X which could unfold to offer larger screens of almost up to 8-inch on the lines of tablet, compared to the 6-6.5-inch screens of smartphones.
At the close of 2019, Motorola showed up with the new Moto Razr, a flip phone with a foldable screen. It has the form factor of a regular smartphone but when folded it becomes smaller in size to easily fit into small pockets. Named after the original Razr, it had the same clamshell or flip design.
Now Samsung has joined the party with its own clamshell foldable phone -- Galaxy Z Flip.
This new breed of foldable phone is a lot more convenient to use and hold in one hand than the likes of Galaxy Fold or Huawei X which when unfolded looked as big as a tablet. When folded they looked like two phones put together, making them hefty.
The Galaxy Fold weighed 263 gram, while the new Galaxy Z Flip tips the scales at a mere 183 gram.
The only limitation of the flip phones with foldable screen is that users still get the same screen size as they get in existing phones. So the 6.7-inch screen in Galaxy Z Flip is as big as the OnePlus 7T Pro.
The Moto Razr looks more stylish. Then there is the cool flip sound. Also, it has an additional 2.7-inch screen on the cover allowing users to access notifications and messages without opening the phone.
Galaxy Fold doesn’t have secondary screen and the small 1.1-inch display it has on the cover only shows time and little bit of other things that the screen can accommodate. However, it has a lot going for it which will make it a stronger contender than the Moto Razr.
The Galaxy Z Flip is priced at $1,380 (approx ₹98,321), while the Moto Razr costs $1,500 (approx ₹1,06,871). Also, at a lower price, Samsung offers much faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset, while the Moto Razr has got the mid-range Snapdragon 710 chipset.
Samsung usually ships its phones in India with its own Exynos chipsets. But considering the fact that Galaxy Fold was launched with Snapdragon 855 chipset, one can expect the same in case of the new foldable phone too.
For the display, Samsung has got a 6.7-inch AMOLED glass screen, unlike the 6.7-inch plastic based OLED screen used in the Moto Razr. Technically, this means there will be subtle difference between the two in terms of colour gamut and brightness, with balance slightly tilted towards the AMOLED screen.
In terms of durability, Galaxy Z Flip’s screen can endure up to 200,000 folds without getting damaged. To protect the screen and avoid screen issues that occurred with the Galaxy Fold right before the launch, Samsung has left no gap between the plastic bezel and the screen and reinforced it with a plastic T-cap.
While Samsung is yet to announce the new phone's entry in India, the Moto Razr's India launch is expected later this month.