Gears & Gadgets

The new Moto Razr gets a teardown a day before release

YouTube channel PBKreviews has a new Moto Razr and has already ripped the thing apart despite the phone not officially launching until tomorrow.

We can’t imagine the phone will be easy to repair, since the first step is heating, picking, and prying at the glued-together shell, a process the video described as “pretty difficult.” You get at the phone through the back, where the top and bottom halves can be popped off, and you’ll have to slowly work your way down to the flexible display, which, assembly-wise, is one of the last parts to get removed from the phone.

Once you’re inside the phone, you’ll find it held together with a ton of screws—PBKreviews pointed out 25 screws in the video, and that’s not even counting the hinge, which, unfortunately, didn’t get disassembled.

There are two batteries, split between the top and bottom half. All the chips and computer parts live in the bottom half of the phone, which fits everything onto one side of the mainboard. The other side of the board is pretty much flat and featureless so that it can have a battery glued to it.

The large chin at the bottom of the phone holds the fingerprint reader, USB-C port, and all the antennas. The top half, which doesn’t have to deal with the mainboard, houses another battery, the smaller front display, and both the front and rear cameras.

The star of the show is that flexible display, though, which is ridiculously thin and delicate looking once you get it out of the phone. A lot was made of how delicate Samsung’s flexible display was around the hinge area, where the edges of the display were exposed, allowing debris to get under the display. The rest of the display was protected with a raised plastic bezel around the perimeter, which kept junk out of it. There doesn’t seem to be any kind of perimeter protection on the Moto Razr. It does that stuff while closed in your pocket, but you’ll have to make sure nothing gets under the display when it’s open.

Listing image by PBKreviews

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