Leaked AT&T Galaxy Fold manual warns against peeling the screen off, dubs crease 'normal'

Leaked AT&T Galaxy Fold manual warns against peeling the screen off, dubs crease 'normal'
Samsung is gearing up for the final release date of the Galaxy Fold, after the few preview specimens it sent out to influencers were either abused or exhibited strange display artifacts. Meanwhile, the device manual for the AT&T version was unearthed by a specialized Foldable News publication, and it does indeed contain a warning not to peel off the top layer of the device as it is an integral part of the display now.

This is actually the same warning that was present on the outer wrapper of the retail device, as was showcased by T-Mobile's marketing head honcho Desmond Smith himself:

Samsung normalizes the Galaxy Fold crease 

Beside the display cover bit, there are a few other interesting revelations in the Galaxy Fold manual. Chief among those must be the tip that calls the crease that forms in the middle of the display at the place where the phone unfolds:

There you have it, you should be getting used to the shallow ravine that forms in the middle of the Galaxy Fold screen as it is also present on the Huawei Mate X in the form of a tiny bump, and is apparently an integral experience of these flexible phones. Sigh.

Galaxy Fold release date may be in June

According to new Korean media reports, Samsung will try and release the Fold next month in order to beat the Mate X launch in July. It has allegedly been postponing the launch in order to better train the reps on presenting the device and teaching potential buyers how to use the phone. Like, for instance, not to scrape off the cover film which turned out to be an integral part of the flexible display underneath, slapped on it against scratches, even though it does not completely wrap around and fuse with the panel at the edges, making it look like a screen protector of sorts.

How did Samsung go with a tough film that doesn't completely cover the corners, so it looks like a removable protector? Before the Fold's preview units were distributed, supply chain tips from Korean media hinted that Samsung has collaborated with the Japаnese from Sumitomo Chemical for producing a "luxurious" to the touch transparent polyimide (PI) that can be bent numerous times without any visible differences.

Korean media clarifies, however, that it is not only the transparent PI that Samsung used for the first Fold batch, but actually something new and extra that has the competition wanting in on the action. A previously unknown Hard Coat Anti-Fingerprint (HCAF) film by Sekyung sits at the very top of an SKC-made PET layer, to which a Samsung SDI Optically Clear Adhesive (OCA) is applied that then gets fused to said transparent PI film by a company called Biel Crystal.

That top HCAF layer is actually what provides the final protection of the Galaxy Fold screen, as it best mimics the oleophobic glass cover we are used to on our phones, rather than if we only had the transparent and flexible but soft PI film. Regardless of the design mishaps that may have led to people damaging their preview Fold units, an industry insider says that many phone makers have expressed interest in the new flexible display package developed by Samsung.

Previously, we thought that the PI film is simply attached to the OLED screen underneath with an extremely durable and flexible adhesive which should allow the package to bend at the middle by stretching a bit but not coming unglued and doing this many times while retaining its original size and form. Add to these the new top Hard Coat Anti-Fingerprint layer now, and the foldable display phones' top suddenly becomes a viable alternative to glass covers.

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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)



1. oldskool50 unregistered

Where should I start? "dubs crease 'normal' - YOU. Can you name something that can be folded that doesn't have a crease? The display is wrapped inside a plastic. When you fold plastic, doesn't it have a crease? The display itself is very flexible. But a bend to the display is different, then trying to fold it like paper. trying to fold it that way I believe would break the display structure if you tried to fold it in half like a sheet of paper. Using plastic helps the display roll when you close the device. So yes a crease would be normal. You highlighted normal as if for some reason, folding something in the history of products has never left a crease and so you expected the same? Samsung already showed that this label is already on the outside of the box. The reviewers claimed their units didn't have this. But I call foil on that one. What they did peel looks nothing like the plastic wrapping normally found on new phones. They are ALL classically stupid or they intentional tried to make the device look bad. Or exaggerated the flaws it already had, by destroying the device to begin with. This photo has been on the internet ever since this all happened. That's not some new leaked photo. Where you been dude?

2. Vancetastic

Posts: 1533; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don’t know...for 2 grand, I’d hope they’d find a solution to that crease.

9. uberzero

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 07, 2018

Crease is inevitable when folding a polymeric material.

5. legar123

Posts: 59; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

There are devices that failed without the film removed.

7. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

By sticking clay underneath the screen or busting the hinge. You should look at those photos more carefully.

3. speedingcheetah

Posts: 86; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

lolz. Wont stop folks from peeling it off...even make it reflective Orange and Yellow with blinking lights and a siren warning. Average consumer never reads anything...just open, rip off packing, use. Folks complained that it has a "crease" or a "fold" in the center of the display??? Well DUH! is called the damn Fold, cause it folds. Its would be same as complaining that a book has a spine....it kinda has to be there to make it what it is....are people so dumb....yes, yes they are.

4. Nionx

Posts: 207; Member since: Oct 30, 2017

All good and dandy. Just tell me the. We release date

6. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 190; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

PA had to put normal in quotations because you know the paper they use when folded let alone plastic doesn't have a crease in it.

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