Motorola Razr vs Galaxy Fold, which bendable phone would you pick?

Motorola Razr vs Galaxy Fold, which bendable phone would you pick?
The first foldable phones that are hitting retail, are proving to demonstrate the most novel design ideas in years, have the price tags to match, and still couldn't be more different from each other.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold was the first one to be released, and it sports a 7.3" display when unfurled over the vertical axis. The screen aspect ratio, however, makes it nearly square to look at when open, and the extra paraphernalia that Samsung welded into its flagship makes it one unnaturally thick device when folded, especially for today's standards. 

Huawei's Mate X, on the other hand, while again opening over the vertical axis, has the 8" display on the outside, and an even larger footprint than the Fold, albeit much thinner when closed.

Enter Motorola with its Razr 2019 phone that is almost 40% shorter when closed, thin enough and much narrower. All because it folds over the opposite, horizontal axis, compared to the first such efforts from Samsung or Huawei. The Razr, however, comes with its own set of disadvantages stemming from this design decision, chief among which is the smallish 6.2" display, made even smaller areawise by the tall aspect ratio. 


In this day and age of 6"+ phones with rigid displays, a 6.2-incher foldable can raise an eyebrow or two in a "what's the point" arch. The point seems to be a very, very compact phone when in your pocket, and that's not a small feat to achieve nowadays, when driving stick shift with the giant handset in your jeans pocket is becoming a chore.


Not to mention that the choice of a cheaper BOE (instead of Samsung) flexible display, and the pick of midrange specs, allowed Motorola to offer its Razr at a much lower price point, compared to its earlier competitors in the field, so there's that as a consideration as well.

Both Samsung and Huawei are rumored to work on a similar "flip phone" foldable concepts for their next efforts in the nascent market niche, so this design may not stay Motorola-exclusive for long.


In the end, each of those design decisions has its own advantages and drawbacks, that is why we wanted to ask you whose approach do you personally prefer, now that the Razr is finally official, and looks every bit as the leaked renders and rumors that have been circulating since the spring. 

Which foldable phone would you pick?

Motorola Razr 2019
54.58%
Huawei Mate X
11.33%
Samsung Galaxy Fold
34.09%

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razr (2019)
  • Display 6.2" 876 x 2142 pixels
  • Camera / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 710, Octa-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 128 GB
  • Battery 2510 mAh
Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h 3G talk time)

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23 Comments

1. notfair

Posts: 767; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

an iphone 6 edit: on a serious note, none of them

18. Elvis358

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Congrats you just wrote the most original and newest joke ever!

2. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

The Razr is what I think a foldable phone should be, not this fold open tablet crap. Sure the design needs a bit of polishing, but the basis is good.

10. phljcnth

Posts: 560; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Why would anyone pick a folding mid-specd phone with a 6.2" screen and $1500 price tag more than a much more capable and pocketable rigid phone with bigger display? Oh, I get it. Nostalgia. Expensive nostalgia.

11. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

Because I want a foldable phone, not a foldable tablet. Sure the SoC could be better and I'm not a fan of the thick chin and notch, but the idea is much better than the Fold or Mate X. The Razr is the foldable concept I like best.

12. phljcnth

Posts: 560; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

The Fold and Mate X are 2-in-1 devices while the Razr is, well, a phone, folded or not. From there you should realize you have an invalid comparison. And you know that foldable displays are created to make BIG screens more portable, don't you?

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1793; Member since: May 17, 2017

Is illegal to have an opinion that differs from yours? I think the Razr is the better design as well.

21. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1475; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

And I still don't care. I'd rather have a foldable phone with a big screen, than a rigid large screen phone or a foldable tablet. It's MY opinion and choice. Why is that such a problem for you?

22. MsPooks

Posts: 245; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Nostalgia won't last. Huawei and Samsung were already working on the clamshell form factor, with undoubtedly better specs, for similar cost to the Razr. If Motorola is smart, they'll try to sell a ton of them before the others arrive on the market next year. Then again, $1500 says they're NOT being smart.

23. vgking9699

Posts: 217; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Yeah it’s like a midrange $400-$450 phone with a $1050 add on for the foldable screen lol It’s even funny to think people actually believe that this means the next gen or gen afterward will somehow be magically cheaper with better specs than this gen 1 More likely the next model will be $2000 or more

3. Guseinguliev

Posts: 134; Member since: Mar 04, 2019

It is hard to choose between fold and razr.

4. yalokiy

Posts: 1113; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

They are different form factors, not really comparable. One is for people that want bigger screens, the other -- for those that want a compact phone. Nothing wrong with any of them, just a matter of preference.

5. lovemac209

Posts: 33; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

wait for fold2...

6. mcdanielvzw

Posts: 52; Member since: Nov 10, 2016

The Razr is not only iconic, but it's the most preferable. I'd have to find a way to deal with the low amount of storage, but I don't *really* need to have all of my MP3 library downloaded on a phone - Just my pictures. For a phone of this size, cost is the only thing preventing me from buying it. My dad has my original Razr, which I've obviously replaced the battery on for him.

7. strawberry

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

Fold is the worst design in my personal opinion

8. Jamallandit

Posts: 4; Member since: Aug 20, 2017

Fold 2 if will have pen.

9. Mrmark

Posts: 414; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

LGG8X and Razr are so tempting to play with . Definitely need to get my hands on these devices.

13. monoke

Posts: 1197; Member since: Mar 14, 2015

Razr got the best design yet for a foldable. The hinge, everything just seamless and intuitive. However, I personally would go with the Mate X in the way I imagine I would use a foldable device. A functional large phone when I need it to be, an expanded mini tablet when unfolded. Galaxy Fold is third. Just not big on its design. Seems uninspired.

14. Locked-n-Loaded

Posts: 67; Member since: Sep 13, 2019

This is the most logical design the Razr that is for a foldable phone. You watch and see a lot of companies will go to the clamshell design it just makes the most overall sense for protecting the screen a small footprint in your pocket Etc

16. extraterestial

Posts: 14; Member since: Nov 08, 2019

I think Fold is a device which is more logical. If Razr were not a foldable phone, it would still fit into my pocket pretty easily. Try doing that with a tablet.

17. surethom

Posts: 1730; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

None, but once the Galaxy fold, can fold flat like the Razr & have a full 5.7 to 6" front screen then thats the best design.

19. MsPooks

Posts: 245; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

The Razr form factor is different enough that I would pick BOTH it AND the Fold. You can't really compare the two, because aside from form, they're also vastly different in specs and hardware.

20. Elvis358

Posts: 271; Member since: Mar 25, 2018

Razr or Mate X. They are flodable smartphones. Flodable smartphone should be smartphone first than it can be tablet or bigger phone. Samsung on the other hand is flodable tablet that folds in phone. But the smartphones display is basically unusable. With small screen and huge unnecessary bezels!

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