Samsung’s first-ever foldable phone, Samsung Galaxy Fold, was scheduled to launch in April, but it was scrapped after it became apparent that the phone has several defects which can cause it to break quite easily.
The device gives you a 4.6-inch screen experience for normal day-to-day task but as you unfold it, the cross-screen functionalities go seamless on a bigger, immersive 7.3-inch form factor as the plastic OLED (P-OLED) display can bend like a book. But there are legitimate concerns about how well its cutting-edge foldable screen will hold up over time. Not to mention the important issues that still need to be ironed out, including its fragile screen, limited battery life and cost.
In September, a new and improved version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold was properly launched.
Here’s what had changed, according to Samsung-
- The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it should not be removed.
- It now features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its foldable experience.
- The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.
- Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.
- The space between the hinge and body has been reduced.
And now, the experts at iFixit have torn it down again to make its flaws more apparent.
The examination of the Fold’s innards shows that Samsung really did address reinforcement issues by adding an extra metal layer beneath the screen to strengthen it. They have also closed the gaps on both sides of the fold as to prevent dust and debris from getting in, and extended the display-protecting layer to make it harder to peel off.
Unfortunately, iFixit claims that there are still spots which might be problematic, including gaps next to the phone’s spine where dust and debris could get in-
Overall, iFixit declared the phone to be still “alarmingly fragile,” meaning that it’s more likely to break than most phones.
But this did not slow down consumers from rushing to the site to pre-book the upgraded model. In India alone, Samsung sold a total of 1,600 Galaxy Fold devices in flat 30 minutes after pre-bookings were open on the company’s official online store. They have paid the full amount of ₹1,64,999 upfront, and will get devices delivered to them through a concierge on October 20, along with a dedicated expert on call 24×7.