Motorola Razr Plus teardown reveals unusual internals, UTG glass and possible explanation for durability fail
Those who buy the Motorola Razr Plus (or Razr 40 Ultra for some markets) might be advised to avoid sitting on their new ~US$1,000 foldable device at all costs, as JerryRigEverything host Zach Nelson discovered to his surprise in the process of testing the flagship to its eventual partial destruction.
Main displays are often seen as particularly susceptible to damage when it comes to foldable smartphones - however, surprisingly, it was the Razr Plus' cover display that failed to stay intact during the YouTube onslaught - which, as it is still the largest and possibly best-optimized of 2023 so far, is a shame.
This, as Nelson has just discovered in a subsequent teardown video, might be due to a small amount of open space between one of the Razr Plus' dual batteries and its doomed secondary screen from the inside; Motorola's reason for not simply making the battery bigger is presumably best known to itself.
Nevertheless, the Razr Plus' teardown yielded some more encouraging design-related Easter eggs, a holographic finish for its PCB material and atypically thin (possibly space-saving), golden ribbon cables included. Then again, procedures such as independent battery or display replacements might prove difficult, thanks to a lack of pull-tabs and potentially fragile ultra-thin glass (or UTG) included.
Finally, the Razr Plus was found to have a hinge design "suspiciously" similar to that of the Galaxy Z Flip4 (albeit perhaps with reduced ingress-protection in real-world testing), prompting Nelson to propose that Samsung's apparent openness with its foldable technology is in fact a ploy to sell more flexible OLED to more OEMs.