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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip vs Motorola Razr: An easy choice

If you want a clamshell foldable smartphone right now, you only have two options. But what's the better one?

Published onFebruary 18, 2020

Samsung’s Galaxy Z Flip launched on February 14, and it’s already nearly impossible to find. This is partially due to the low amount of stock Samsung initially produced, and partially because, well, it’s arguably the best foldable phone on the market.

Read: 24 hours with the Galaxy Z Flip: Surprised by how much I like it

Meanwhile, the Motorola Razr was announced months ago, and it only officially went on sale on February 6 — just over a week before the Z Flip. The Razr has been met with so-so reviews, at once praising its nostalgic feel, while also criticizing its low-end specs sheet and questionable display quality. So when the Galaxy Z Flip was announced with unquestionably better specs and a more refined design at a lower price, most people hurried to deem the Razr dead on arrival.

But what exactly are the differences between these two foldable devices? Let’s get into it.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip vs Motorola Razr half folded on table 1

From a pure specs perspective, it’s clear the Galaxy Z Flip reigns supreme. The Z Flip employs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 Plus processor, compared to the much older and weaker Snapdragon 710 chipset in the Motorola Razr. Additionally, there are 8GB of RAM in the Z Flip, vs. 6GB of RAM in the Razr, and 256GB of storage vs. 128GB. The Z Flip also uses a much larger 3,300mAh battery, stunting the 2,510mAh cell in the Razr.

Samsung Galaxy Z FlipMotorola Razr
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
6.7-inch Infinity Flex Ultra-thin Glass display
Dynamic AMOLED

Secondary: 1.1-inch front display
Motorola Razr
Main "Flex View" display:
6.2-inch foldable pOLED
2,142 x 876 resolution
21:9 aspect ratio

External "Quick View" display:
2.7-inch gOLED
600 x 800 resolution
4:3 aspect ratio
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
15W Wired charging
Motorola Razr
15W Wired charging
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Motorola Razr
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Motorola Razr
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip

Single lens
Motorola Razr
Main camera:
16MP sensor, ƒ/1.7 aperture, 1.22μm, EIS, Dual Pixel autofocus, Laser autofocus, Color Correlated Temperature (CCT) dual LED flash
Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, H.265, VP8, VP9

Front camera:
5MP sensor, ƒ/2.2 aperture, 1.12μm, screen flash
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Qualcomm Snapdragon 855+
Motorola Razr
Qualcomm Snapdragon 710
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Side-mounted fingerprint sensor
Motorola Razr
Front-mounted fingerprint sensor
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Android 10
Motorola Razr
Android 9 Pie
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Mirror Black, Mirror Purple

Mirror Gold (select countries)
Motorola Razr
Black, Gold

From a power perspective alone, it’s pretty clear who the winner is here. Motorola says its specs are lower because it took a really long time getting the design of the phone just right. It says there were 26 iterations of the hinge design, which minimizes the size of the waterdrop display that gets hidden in the hinge. Unfortunately, Motorola is also behind in the quality of its display technology.

The Motorola Razr uses the same plastic OLED display we’ve come to know from foldable devices, but the Galaxy Z Flip is using a new technology called ultra-thin glass. This means the display feels much more similar to a real smartphone display compared to the plastic OLED on the Razr. Interestingly though, a recent durability test by Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything showed the device taking nearly the same amount of damage as a plastic OLED. Samsung said in a statement that the Z Fold’s display should be handled with care, but that doesn’t exactly inspire confidence in the device’s longevity.

The display on the Galaxy Z Flip is much sharper than the one on the Motorola Razr. The Z Flip’s display comes in at a resolution of 2636 x 1080, versus the 2142 x 876 display on the Razr. That means you can’t even watch FHD content at full resolution on the Razr, which is a big letdown.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip vs Motorola Razr folded next to each other

One aspect Moto beats out the Z Flip is in the usefulness of its front display. Samsung’s Z Flip features a small 1.1-inch screen for checking the time and notifications, but Moto’s much larger 2.7-inch display shows much more information. You can also use both displays as camera viewfinders for selfies, but it’s much more enjoyable to use the Razr’s, which doesn’t crop nearly as much of the shot.

Read: Samsung Galaxy Z Flip: OK cool, but isn’t this a boring use of foldable tech?

In terms of cameras, the Z Flip once again nudges out the Razr. There are two rear cameras on the Z Flip, one wide and one ultra-wide, and both are 12MP. On the inside, you’ll find a 10MP selfie camera, seated in a punch hole similar to what you’d find on the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 or Galaxy S20 series. The Razr, by contrast, uses a 16MP main sensor and 5MP internal sensor. While we haven’t been able to spend much time with the Razr ourselves, early reviews have noted that its camera performance isn’t exactly best-in-class.

And finally, we come down to price. While the Motorola Razr costs a whopping $1,499, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip comes in at $1,380. While there is no doubt both of these phones are extremely expensive, it’s almost impossible to recommend the Razr, especially when it is a Verizon exclusive device.

Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
Samsung Galaxy Z Flip
The Galaxy Z Flip was the first-ever vertically folding smartphone to come from Samsung. It rocks some familiar Samsung design elements we've all come to love but in a new folding form factor. Touting 256GB of onboard storage, 8GB of RAM, a 3,300mAh battery, and 6.7-inch 2,636 x 1,080 folding glass display, it may not have top-tier specs, but it should offer a top-tier folding experience.
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Motorola Razr
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What are your thoughts on these two devices? Do you like the design of the Razr or the Z Flip better? Let us know your thoughts down below!

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