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Motorola Razr gold edition confirmed, but can it overcome durability fears?

Motorola has confirmed a gold edition of its ultra-modern Razr reboot is on the way in the next few months.

The foldable handset is currently up for grabs in a Noir Black shade, but those seeking an even fancier flip phone will soon have the opportunity to purchase the bling edition.

Previous leaks had suggested this new shade was on the way, but now the manufacturer has confirmed it will be here at some point this spring; price and actual release date pending (via The Verge).

The announcement comes after a rough few days, following the positive response to the phone’s initial launch. The 2020 Razr is now enduring some concerns over it durability after a stress test showed the phone’s hinge starting to fail after little more than 27,000 folds.

Related: Moto Razr hands-on

A video test, published by CNET last week, found the device to be less reliable than the Samsung Galaxy Fold, which reached nearly 120,000 folds when undergoing the same industry standard stress test.

Motorola pushed back against the stress test with a video of it own and a statement claiming the device used to put the Razr through its paces wasn’t deigned for that purpose.

In a statement, the company said: “SquareTrade’s FoldBot is simply not designed to test our device. Therefore, any tests run utilizing this machine will put undue stress on the hinge and not allow the phone to open and close as intended, making the test inaccurate. The important thing to remember is that Razr underwent extensive cycle endurance testing during product development, and CNET’s test is not indicative of what consumers will experience when using Razr in the real-world. We have every confidence in the durability of Razr.”

Can the gold edition of the Razr switch the narrative back to excitement amid some middling reviews thus far?

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