Galaxy Fold drop and bend tests yield polarizing results with the case on


The overhauled Galaxy Fold hinge protection and display package have prevented it from exhibiting the same mishaps in the re-release version as the original preview units that were sent out to assorted influencers to play with.

There are no more debris trapped under the screen in the hinge area, or top soil removed because it resembled a screen protector. At least one unit developed abnormal behavior with a cluster of pixels in the crease with normal usage, though, and now the folks from SquareTrade set out to find if indeed the Fold can last the test of time as Samsung claims.

They bent and folded the device around the vertical axis 120,000 times with a dedicated machine, or, exactly as much as Samsung says would last three years of heavy usage with the phone. 

The $1980 gear passed with flying colors, if we don't count the aforementioned pixel blob appearing around the 18,500 mark. Samsung's giving free or cheap screen replacements if something like that happens with normal usage, so no particular sweat.

What's more concerning, though, is the phone's breakability testing. The handset was dropped from the (admittedly high) six feet distance both on the internal and internal displays, and both times it malfunctioned with the kind of damage that renders it redundant for operation. The phone was in its official case, mind you, which is not saying much given the challenge to wrap a foldable phone accordingly. 

It's also 9.28 oz (263 g) heavy, and when it hits the ground from a talk-on-the-phone height, the results may not be for the faint of heart buyers. Most drops are from waist height, but SquareTrade banked in the worst case scenario, and didn't have a phone to work with afterwards and do the more typical five-feet drop testing. All in all, it seems that you need to baby your expensive Fold, insure it, and handle with care when opening and closing after the warranty period.

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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11 Comments

1. AlienKiss

Posts: 213; Member since: May 21, 2019

Too fragile for me and also lacking the SD card slot + 3.5mm jack. For such a huge device, those 2 features should be there by default. I think I'm going to buy a folding phone in 2-3 generations, when they'll perfect it. As an S8+ user, all I can say is that I've seen so many people with broken displays I became a little bit paranoid and try to handle my phone very carefully. Been using a clear-view flip case since day 1 btw.

11. AllPhonesMatter

Posts: 35; Member since: Sep 29, 2019

Damn, that big device doesn't even have an SD card slot or 3.5mm jack?

3. DBozz

Posts: 77; Member since: Sep 19, 2019

https://youtu.be/OocYJCEtP-4 Then what do you say about this video? He is even a hardcore fan of apple!

4. chris2k5

Posts: 289; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

JerryRig found the Fold to have horrible durability. Like it breaks so easily after just 1 use.

6. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

I like his videos but I dislike how oblivious him and other people are to the soft display and count it as a con as if glass bends

7. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

are you sure about that bud?

8. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 607; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Uhhh. Yea.

12. M.O.A.B

Posts: 322; Member since: Feb 13, 2015

I was talking to chris2k5.

9. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It passed the bend test. Most people doesn't have sands in their pockets. Who used their nails with pressure and razor blades on their phones?

10. TBomb

Posts: 1582; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

120,000 folds. 365 days a year is 328 years at 1 fold per day. Even a 50 folds per day, it's still 6 years of folding. Just don't drop it. Definitely a feasible task for someone who is responsible with their expensive tech

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