The new Galaxy Fold succumbs to damage in a most unexpected place


After the overhauled and reinforced Galaxy Fold was disassembled by iFixit the other day, it become evident that Samsung has indeed put many additional design safeguards in place that weren't there in the initial preview batch it sent out.

It placed a thin but sturdy metal mesh layer in the display package, introduced small protective caps over the bezel gap in the middle that accommodates the hinge and crease area, and made numerous other subtler changes to make the phone withstand not only lab tests, but daily wear and tear. 

Indeed, independent testing showed that the Fold can make it out relatively unscathed over thousands of bending motions and yet some artifacts can develop still, even if the phone is used in the proper manner, whatever that manner is for a unique foldable device.


A crack in the new and improved design, however, has appeared on at least one unit, and in the place we least expected to have problems - the Samsung logo on the outer edge of the hinge mechanism. As you can see, the guy's Fold has two letters already losing their lustre, which, admittedly, is preferable before having the daily wear and tear affecting your $599 flexible display

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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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34 Comments

1. ahmadkun

Posts: 610; Member since: May 02, 2016

I feel sorry for Samsung .. Media always trying to show them as a failure, maybe they should start paying 'em

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2182; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

@ahmadkun Or maybe Samsung should stop putting out substandard products like the Fold. What ya think?

13. foreverNOOB

Posts: 166; Member since: Jul 07, 2017

Or, may be you should ask Ipad pro how its feels!, Because the Ipad pro can bend and fold ways longer than Galaxy fold. Solid slab of tablet that can bend vs actual foldable phone.

14. ahmadkun

Posts: 610; Member since: May 02, 2016

@apple-rulz .. I respect your opinion but I also support companies to push technology forward .. if people don't like .. no one forced them to use it from the first place

16. gadgetpower

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Absolutely well said and true post.

19. Phullofphil

Posts: 1822; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Or maybe You should stop wasting oxygen and stop saying stupid s**t

28. Alcyone

Posts: 469; Member since: May 10, 2018

I will say the same to Apple if/when they attempt to develop a foldable device. Remember tho, Apple doesn't build anything, just design. Lets see what they can do. I'd sense another cancelled project.

35. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

The letters just fell off. At least it hasn't snapped or broken. Move along people....

3. dumpster666

Posts: 92; Member since: Mar 07, 2019

Yeah...what about scuffed iphone frames?

4. gadgetpower

Posts: 278; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Yeah...What about cheap plastic screen of Samsung Fail? and also the performance of their phones after a year and the camera sucks.

20. Fred3

Posts: 559; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Samsung phones actually perform good after a year. A lot of people with the 8 and 9 rather just keep it cause they feel no reason to upgrade. If a camera on any phone constantly get compared side by side and wins at least some during the match ups is far from bad lol. The cameras that are bad are the ones never mentioned

24. Deadeye

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

Wow, who pissed in your cornflakes buddy? So much hate for nothing.

27. Alcyone

Posts: 469; Member since: May 10, 2018

His og iphone is running out of power. Not a whole lot of gadget left. Almost feel sad for him. Almost.

31. blastertoad

Posts: 46; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

Performance and battery life is far superior in Samsung's later devices ( s8 and newer ) as well as software stability. Daily I am performing hard resets on client's Apple devices including current ones. When I do have an issue with a top tier android device it is usually a stupid app the client has installed or just needs a cache clear. Like any high performance or utility device they need a little more maintenance. Same as a computer, specialty tool or performance vehicle.

5. jsdechavez

Posts: 807; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

In an initial post, I read about the vowels in the Samsung branding peeling off. And now, there's a crack along the edge of the hinge mechanism. This guy is on to something. Is it the same guy?

6. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The crack is likely from a drop.

36. cheetah2k

Posts: 2271; Member since: Jan 16, 2011

Theres no crack, just the letters fell out of their slots..

7. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

Watch us they do a 360 spin when some other company finally copies and produces a foldable device. Why must humans always ruin everything? This is just tech. Let’s enjoy the tech and stop trying to pull it down.

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

Is this story meant to be humorous?

23. Psykotik_Dragon

Posts: 82; Member since: Dec 21, 2013

Typical PhoneArena...something possibly negative about a Samsung device? Let's write an entire article about how bad they are for actually trying new stuff. Then we'll advertise an iPhone review video at the end of it! Brilliant! That way anyone who was considering a Samsung is shown any possible "bad" while the review video showcase everything "good" about the new iPhones... Mwahahahahahahahahaaaahaaa! Excellent...

17. treypoundz

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Let's hope this is a success cause then apple will b forced to make one

22. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 734; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

It will not be a success! The fact that the unit has no water and dust resistance. The fact that the foldable display can be scratch by fingernails so easily. And the fact that it uses plastic means it's not durable! And with a price tag of $1,980? Who would buy something that can be destroyed easily?

21. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

I would like to thank , all the beta Samsung Galaxy fold testers

25. Deadeye

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

Will you now write an article every time any Samsung phone fails?

29. Alcyone

Posts: 469; Member since: May 10, 2018

When someone develops glass that can bend and flex Apple will be all over a foldable. Until then, let the true innovations happen. You snooze, you lose. This case its the future market thats emerging. Samsung needs to build from here. Let the others make attempts. Thats, if they wanna really be innovative.

30. Brewski

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

If you folded that phone 50 times a day, it would take you 6.6 years to hit 120,000.

32. Blazers

Posts: 751; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

They should create a division called Samsung Labs or something like that, where they introduce new concept ideas. That would shut down the negative coverage, since they’re not really commercial products for the mass market. Nokia had something similar in the 2000’s.

33. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

This machine lots of torque and vibration to be honest.

34. AustinPaul

Posts: 155; Member since: Dec 13, 2011

I've owned several Samsung flip phones, and then their smartphones starting with the S3 and almost yearly upgrades up to and including my current S10. Obviously a fan. This Fold? Leaves me totally cold. I'm much more intrigued by the Motorola folding phone. It's so early for this tech. I don't see myself being an early adopter.

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