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2020 Moto Razr Teardown! - Better Hinge than the Z Flip?

2020 Moto Razr Teardown! - Better Hinge than the Z Flip?
the new

2020

Moto

rola RAZR is ridiculously complex yet also incredibly simple I'll explain today we're gonna take apart the new flexible

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screen razor we've already taken apart the other folding foam the samsung galaxy z

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so we'll be able to compare the two internal

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mechanisms side by side one side note before we get started when I was tearing down the samsung galaxy z

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and looking for the bristles that helped keep out dust I was so focused on finding the bristles inside of the

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itself that I didn't notice Samsung had positioned the bristles elsewhere across the bottom portion of each half of the frame luckily you guys caught this pretty quick and I was able to update the description and pin a comment in the

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video so thanks for that the bristles look like strips of black tape at first but I want you to see what they look like close-up these bristles stretch all the way across the frame and this is what helped keep the dust out of the phone during my bid test even after the phone was bent backwards and had the frame snapped I fix it to their own dust test and found that fine particles still managed to get inside of the phone but for normal sized dust and sand particles I think it does a pretty good job of protecting the insides now it's time to see if the

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rola

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has any protections built into its own

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let's get started so when I said the

Moto

rola RAZR was ridiculously complex I was talking about the...
2020 moto razr teardown   better hinge than the z flip
organization of components inside everything is kind of helter skelter until we get to the

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but it's still super interesting to get inside the phone I'll start by heating up the back plastic cover then I can pry it away from the phone with my razor blade and shimmy it down off the frame at the same time the plastic housing is still attached to the phone though with the fingerprint ribbon cable that's plugged into the base there's not a good way to unplug it at this point without removing these 43 screws I'll link the tool could I use down the video description the inner plastic housing that just pulled away is for the loudspeaker and the antennas I can unplug the speaker just like a little Lego you can see the singular speaker itself here inside of the plastic frame there is a water damage indicator down here next to the charging port you can see that it's white on one side and red on the other so if the phone never gets wet the red will bleed through in turn pink

Moto

rola has come up with some very creative ways of making this phone water-resistant though all of this goop surrounding the ribbon cable connection help keeps dust and liquid away from the important bits this goo feels exactly like you think it would

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ping the phone around I now have access to the fingerprint scanner cable and I can pop that out of its little connector now the smaller glass screen that can be seen on the phone is folded shut is glued on pretty tight much more solid...
2020 moto razr teardown   better hinge than the z flip
than usual it's very difficult to separate the glass from the frame of the phone eventually after many rounds of heat and gentle slicing I was able to separate the screen and fold it away from the phone then I can unplug that OLED panel and release the 2.7 inch screen what makes this

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complex is that there are actually four sides to the phone these two sides on the rear portion of the phone and another two sides under the screen we're already pretty deep inside this thing and we still have yet to see the motherboard I'll reach in and unplug the bottom battery there's two of these inside the phone each half of the phone has its own battery then I'll remove four more t3 screws and unclip the folding screen ribbon and the NFC then the battery and motherboard sandwich can be removed this motherboard looks quite a bit different than what we're used to I believe that's because each of little chips on the board has its own cheese grater looking fair Cage shield thing over the top these shields block electromagnetic fields most regular phones you know the non-folding ones are enclosed in a metal and glass sandwich but this motherboard only has a thin folding plastic screen over the top for protection and that's why the cheese graters were added over the chips either way I think

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rola gets a thumbs-up for how cool this looks the battery is a 1245 milliamp hour capacity we'll find the top battery here in just a second now here's where...
2020 moto razr teardown   better hinge than the z flip
we run into some issues remember my phone was accidentally folded in the wrong direction which yanked the bottom of the screen out from its normal position and the whole thing is very much stuck now

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rola is offering screen replacements for this phone for $299 which is pretty fair considering how this is a brand new futuristic flexible technology and it's already the same price as an iPhone 11 pro screen replacement even after aggressively trying to slide the screen down with some pliers it still wouldn't budge so I'm sure I did this the incorrect way and just popped it out the top then peeled it up off the rest of the phone it's still crazy how thin this is you can physically see the four puncture wounds in the back from our reverse bent phone yoga is pretty dangerous I found eight screws holding the top portion of the phone to the frame once those were out I could start removing the top battery but everything is still very much connected you can see the long extension ribbon floating through the

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mechanism just like we saw with the samsung z

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all unplug the side buttons and the large extension ribbon but before I can separate all the pieces they're still held together with one more t3 screw in this top little board and a connector underneath the phone isn't very well organized inside but what it lacks in organization it makes up for in silly putty there is a slathering of clear goop all over these top boards and if I had to guess with how...
sticky it is it's probably going to be pretty effective at keeping dust and liquid off the board the rear-facing 16 megapixel camera does not have optical image stabilization we have another water damage indicator here next to the battery and even though I'm calling this phone complex to take apart there is probably a reason for it normally in cell phones all the connections are easy to act on top of the board but on this razor the board is screwed down and everything is attached underneath which does complicate things but if you think about it it probably helps keep everything plugged in tight while the phone is being

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ped 200,000 times over its lifespan so the complexity might be a good thing the battery is glued into place it's a 12 65 milliamp hour so now we're just left with the frame of the razor and the

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and this design couldn't be more different than the Z

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let's check it out after removing two screws we can see that the center of the phone has to flappy kids these support each half of the screen as a full shut remember the razor has a much more gentle curve inside with no crease in the center of the screen I'll remove two more screws holding down the silver chunk in the center this heavy guy is the culprit of our four damage marks in the center of the screen during the bin test if you remember the four corners of this guy must have been what pressed outward into the screen from behind hopefully that doesn't start to happen...
with normal use the curved back side of this metal chunk helps keep the extension Riven from kinking inside the

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while it's folding I'll remove two more screws on either side of the

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these hold the exterior pins in place this is where we start to see how much more simple

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rola's design is over Samsung's this is gonna blow your mind if we zoom in close we can see that these side portions on the razor aren't just for decoration they are the

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like literally kind of the whole thing you can see that each half of the phone has little gear teeth to keep each half folding equally but these two little bars on either side of the phone is what keeps the phone halves together and allows the

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to bend you can see that the left side has the same dual pin design and once both of them are popped out and removed the whole phone can just fall apart now all we have left are two metal flaps and the ribbon cable that's stuck inside of them and that's it really simple I can hold both halves of the phone together so we can see how the stationary gears line up there aren't any other moving parts inside of the spine of this phone it becomes more mind-blowing when we hold samsung's

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up side by side to

Moto

rola's

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Samsung is over here doing rocket science and

Moto

rola just pops up they're like a door and is ready to rock door

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s have been around for thousands of years and

Moto

rola's just gonna keep on using them you...
might be asking yourself hey Jerri how does the phone spring open and shut though and I'm glad you asked it would be real embarrassing if I miss something important like that

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rola has very smartly concealed their spring-loaded mechanism inside the foam frame away from rocks and dust when the phone guts are in place the springs are protected inside the frame side walls and can be pressed up against the

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pin to hold the phone open or closed and provide resistance during the opening and closing process pretty solid design overall I'm impressed with both phones both present new and unique ways of utilizing flexible screen technology and I'm excited to see where we go from here I'm pretty happy with my personal note 10 plus for now but there's a good chance that my next phone might just be a folding phone the price is dropping quite a lot with each new version and I'm sure eventually they'll be as durable as the phones we have now now that you've seen how both phones work from the inside which one is your favorite let me know down in the comments hit that subscribe button if you haven't already I've got some pretty cool videos coming up and coming out with me on Instagram and Twitter thanks dumb for watching I'll see you around