# THE MOTOROLA RAZR PLUS VS. THE SAMSUNG GALAXY Z FLIP 5: A FLIP PHONE SHOWDOWN
Are you a fan of flip phones? If so, you may be interested in the latest battle between two industry giants: Motorola and Samsung. While the Motorola Razr Plus was recently crowned the best flip phone, its reign may be short-lived with the arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5. In this article, we will explore the features and specifications of both phones to help you make an informed decision.
## The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5: Bigger and Better
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 has officially entered the market and comes with several notable upgrades. One of the standout features is its 3.4-inch cover screen, which is significantly larger than its predecessor’s 1.9-inch display. The Z Flip 5 also boasts a new hinge design that allows the phone to close completely flat. With a Snapdragon 8 Gen 2 chipset and 256GB of storage in the base model, this phone is a force to be reckoned with. Surprisingly, despite these substantial upgrades, it is priced at $999, the same as the Motorola Razr Plus. However, given Samsung’s expertise in making folding phones and the hardware improvements incorporated into the Z Flip 5, the Razr Plus may face an uphill battle in the market.
## A Tale of Two Screens
While the inner screen of the Z Flip 5 remains unchanged, featuring a 6.7-inch 1080p OLED panel with a 120Hz refresh rate, the outer screen has undergone a significant upgrade. Rebranded as the “Flex Display,” the 720p OLED cover screen covers most of the front panel of the phone, except for the two camera cutouts. In contrast, the Razr Plus takes a different approach, with its front screen flowing around the cameras, resulting in a slightly larger 3.6-inch display.
## A Hinge Design Revolution
One of the persistent issues with folding phones has been the gap near the hinge when folded. However, Samsung has addressed this problem with the new “teardrop” style hinge on the Z Flip 5, allowing both sides of the phone to close flat. Moreover, Samsung claims that the new hinge design is more durable and can better withstand impact from drops, thanks to its double-rail design.
## Water and Dust Resistance: The Battle Continues
In terms of water resistance, the Z Flip 5 is rated IPX8, similar to its predecessor, offering protection against full water immersion up to 1.5 meters for 30 minutes. On the other hand, the Razr Plus boasts an IP52 rating, providing some dust resistance but only being splash-resistant. Samsung does not claim any specific dust resistance level; however, the phone includes measures to minimize the risk of dust intrusion. Nevertheless, it is crucial to handle folding phones with care around dust or sand, irrespective of their IP ratings.
## Cover Screen Functionality
Both the Razr Plus and the Z Flip 5 feature small-screen-friendly widgets on their cover screens. However, Samsung takes it a step further by allowing users to run full apps on the cover screen. Samsung provides this feature through its Good Lock app, meaning users will need to search for it if they want to take advantage of it. Additionally, the Z Flip 5 cover screen includes a full-size keyboard, enabling users to respond to texts conveniently. In comparison, the Flip 4 only allowed for a few prewritten responses.
## Other Specs and Considerations
In terms of other specifications, both phones have a 3,700mAh battery, support 25W wired and 15W wireless charging, and offer 8GB of RAM. The Z Flip 5 houses a 12-megapixel f/1.8 main rear camera with optical image stabilization, an improved lens coating to reduce flare, a 12-megapixel ultrawide camera, and a 10-megapixel selfie camera on the inner display. On the other hand, the Razr Plus has a Snapdragon chipset that lags behind the Z Flip 5’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 2.
## Conclusion: The Future of Flip Phones
The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 poses a significant threat to the Motorola Razr Plus. With higher water resistance, superior specifications, and Samsung’s extensive experience in the folding phone market, the Razr Plus will need to consider its pricing strategy to entice potential buyers. Regardless, the Z Flip 5 is set to make a bold entrance, with pre-orders starting today and availability on August 11th. The phone comes in four colors: mint, graphite, cream, and lavender. Additionally, those who order from Samsung.com will have access to exclusive color options including blue, gray, green, and yellow.