Samsung requests that iFixit takes down its Galaxy Fold teardown analysis

Samsung requests that iFixit takes down its Galaxy Fold teardown analysis
While there is still hope that the initial issues with the Galaxy Fold test units are fairly easy to address and the unique phone may ship this month, the final release may stretch out to June, which would erase Samsung's head start before Huawei's Mate X, the other foldable phone pioneer out there. 

Samsung even asked the demolition folks over at iFixit to pull their teardown post, as it is apparently not of the final retail unit that will eventually be released with the necessary fixes gathered by the impressions from the test units tryouts it sent to reviewers. Despite that the Galaxy Fold unit that iFixit took apart to reveal a complex design and plenty of opportunities for things to go wrong, was provided by a third-party supplier, they decided to take down the post to wait for the purported retail version. Thus, we are only left with one unofficial teardown of the Fold that says the display felt like "a piece of rubber" to peel off, rather than a rigid glass structure.


Samsung already posted an official statement that in order "to fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold." In it, the company cites plenty of reasons for doing it, without even mentioning the fact that some YouTubers and influencers it sent Galaxy Folds to, scraped the polyimide film of the display package that serves as a cover glass in flexible phones. The only jab at what some of the early reviewers were doing is that there had apparently been "impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge."

Still, Samsung directly addressed those issues that were seemingly caused by unforeseen design flaws, like "an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance." Therefore, Samsung decided to retrieve the units it sent out for preview, rearrange the top layer so that nobody feels the urge to peel it off, and put some direr warnings that the cover of the foldable phones' display is unlike anything users might have been used to so far.

Not only that, but Samsung sent out the email you see here to those early adopters who already pre-ordered the Galaxy Fold, clarifying that the "first production units" it sent out need further examination to iron out some kinks, but changed the language for the new release date announcement from "the coming weeks" to "in the next two weeks." Thus, this week or the next one at the latest, we should know the new Galaxy Fold release date in the US, and hopefully the unique bendy phone will hit the shelves before spring rolls over.

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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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26 Comments

3. boriqua2000

Posts: 244; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

That's what happens when you rush a product.

4. Chrusti

Posts: 100; Member since: Jul 25, 2015

The display is just some soft plastic that scratches easily. Of course it will fail hard at any tear down. Can't wait for the Jerryrigeverything test though.

32. Brewski

Posts: 670; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Scratches at a lvl 2 with deeper grooves at a lvl 3.

6. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

When I’m gonna see the light of Samsung FAIL? They are afraid to tell the truth how cheap this device that has no quality control because they wanted to rush the product in a market in order to be relevant. One more year and they’re be thrown from the top. People now buy chinese low and mid tier phones.

13. cmdacos

Posts: 3969; Member since: Nov 01, 2016

Stick to bent iPads and nonfunctioning mac keyboards. They're more your speed.

16. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Stick to your Samsung products that do not have quality at all just to be relevant to be called innovative. Note 7 exploding and now Samsung Fold fail. Also there’s a tab of Samsung with Antenna gate issue, oh come on! There’s also a new exploding S10 5G! That’s a awesome for start. And now Sammy trolls keep depending any issues.

26. Krazyass69

Posts: 46; Member since: Feb 09, 2019

Yep! An Iphone that electrocuted and kill a chinese lady

17. chris2k5

Posts: 240; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

I rather buy an iPad and MacBook Air for the price of one Fail Fold made of cheap materials with poor quality control.

18. MEeee

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The AirPower failed. The Galaxy Folds are still released this Summer.

20. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

yeah it will release with cheap plastic screen cover that can easily peel and of course it has the best crease features just so you won’t forget. And yes, its so cheap, $2k price good for 2 days old. Good for Samsung Because their products don’t last.

22. CQuine unregistered

Lol I know you will never buy a Samsung product, although your iphone has some inside, but chill bro u trying too hard..

29. Madmax0609

Posts: 2; Member since: May 02, 2019

Sounds like you really hate Samsung. Remember this though, your cool new iPhone with the awesome screen.. yeah, that was made by Samsung. Apple is losing consumers every day. They can't even build a proper wireless charger right now. They need a serious change in leadership because their products are becoming bland.

24. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1259; Member since: May 01, 2017

You have to be really stupid to compare AirPower, a charging pad, to a phone that cost more than 10x the price...

25. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

Yet those macs and iPads are no different. Made from the exact name materials and yet you claim its better when you're gonna pay the same price? HAHA. Hypocrisy at its best!

15. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 587; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Didn't I read this a few days ago somewhere else... Must be slow

31. uberzero

Posts: 49; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

Samsung is right in this case. IFixit got the unreleased and preproduction Galaxy Fold from a tester for tearing down breaching the signed agreement in the process.

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