Samsung's Galaxy Fold display has a crease right in the middle

Samsung's Galaxy Fold display has a crease right in the middle
Just yesterday, we showed you that the foldable Huawei Mate X has one dirty secret: a pretty big wrinkle right smack in the middle of its otherwise impressive-looking 8-inch screen, and now, we see that the other big foldable phone that is coming even sooner, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, has one nasty surprise as well.

Rather than being swollen right in the middle like the Huawei, the Samsung device actually has a pretty sizable crease in that same space right in the middle.

Now, it was really hard to capture an actual image of this crease, not least because of the strangely draconian measures that Samsung has undertaken to protect the Galaxy Fold from closer inspection. The Galaxy Fold was on display at the Samsung booth at Mobile World Congress, but it was behind two thick layers of extremely reflective glass. Not just that, everyone was kept a few feet away from that display and guards were vigilantly keeping visitors from even leaning in to take a picture up close. Plus, the phone was running a pitch dark demo making it even harder to see the actual form of the screen. Now, we do not know whether Samsung was really trying to hide something, whether it was worried about this phone was a prototype or if it all was one lucky coincidence, but it sure looked strange.


Look closer, though, and you will see how the broken reflections in the middle clearly indicate there is a crease in the middle.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold display has a crease right in the middle

So with the Mate X and the Galaxy Fold, these first two notable foldable phone specimen, it seems like a truly flat screen on a foldable device will be the holy grail of this new design category.

Naturally, the reason there are deformities in these two devices is because of the folding mechanism itself, the difficulties with the hinge and so on, but the end result is that users cannot quite expect a perfectly flat screen on a foldable screen just yet.

Huawei Mate X
Samsung Galaxy Fold

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57 Comments

1. Panzer

Posts: 269; Member since: May 13, 2016

Were those pictures taken through a dirty window with a Nexus 4. Not saying there is not a crease but I will hold off on making a judgement of the extent of the crease as of now.

8. Victor.H

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 27, 2011

They are taken with a good camera (GH4), but I have boosted the brightness to the maximum, which makes them look grainy and low-quality. The reason for this - as I say in the article - is that the phone was running a nearly black demo that would be perfect for masking such screen defects. Plus no one was allowed to get in closer to snap good quality photos. Of course, if you had a good telephoto lens, you could probably get a better picture, but I did not have one at hand.

14. Supah

Posts: 692; Member since: Mar 08, 2017

Victor H : "YES!!! I think I finally did it!!! Ha!! I got you now Samsung!! I just need to magnify this & trash the damn thing until Apple releases their first foldable phone with the same display, of course made by Samsung. Just like how we used to trash their OLEDs. Apple needs my help more than ever now"

17. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2209; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I swear some Samsung fanboys act no better than Apple fanboys. Can you not accept any criticism of Samsung?

35. Panzer

Posts: 269; Member since: May 13, 2016

Using your reasoning I should believe in Bigfoot and the Loch Ness monster because there is a few grainy pictures and videos. Sorry for wanting a better picture before I pass judgement.

52. nodes

Posts: 1122; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Bruh, Samsung is never wrong and never make any mistake, what are you talking about?

60. Daftama

Posts: 639; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wait for the phone to be released, and then let the hate, discourag, down talk, discredit, every little defects, talk being out start. The phone hasn't been released we here this lol

62. CQuine

Posts: 29; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

I see most of you comments were deleted.. mm interesting..

45. lyndon420

Posts: 6276; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Doesn't look horribly bad, and the screen has to be black/dark to even notice it - and no one looks at their phone screen from a 45°ish angle anyway. This is still a solid first attempt though, and I'm sure Samsung and Hwauei will get these creases 'ironed out' for their next version.

48. mackan84

Posts: 67; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

To me it’s not the visibility that is the issue, rather the feeling of the crease. They need to iron that out for the s-pen version.

59. Jpark

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 26, 2019

That is a protective film. Zoom in on the photo.

76. matistight

Posts: 872; Member since: May 13, 2009

Didn't have a phone with a telephoto lens [Samsung S9 Plus/Note9/A9(2018), iPhone X/XS/XS Max/7 Plus/8 Plus, LG V40 ThinQ, Huawei P20 Pro, Redmi Note 5 Pro, Xiaomi MI A2, Nokia 7 Plus, or Asus Zenfone 5Z/3 Zoom(although image processing wouldn't be the best)]? Note 9 would have been perfect for this!

16. Phullofphil

Posts: 1730; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

What did you al expecte with a folding screen. It has to change as it folds. Of coarse

47. JuanAndPedro

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 25, 2019

They should have figure it out this problem in the beginning. This phone is not ready for primetime, a kind of rush to get into market with unsatisfying price tag.

19. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2209; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It's being reported by a few outlets. Pocket-lint has a good article that has multiple pics from other people as well of it. https://www.pocket-lint.com/phones/news/samsung/147265-the-samsung-galaxy-fold-has-a-huge-ugly-crease-in-the-middle-of-the-display

25. maherk

Posts: 6539; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

That's badddd, like really bad. If all these years of engineering and they couldn't get rid of the crease, I doubt we'll have a "creaseless" foldable phone in the coming few years, if ever!

2. chris2k5

Posts: 164; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Crease gate

3. Vogue1985

Posts: 285; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

I would assume the cease is because ITS A FOOLSING SCREEN lol, daaaaaaaaa

6. MisterX

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 02, 2015

You sound incredibly childish. Go back to elementary school unless you are already there lol

56. Vogue1985

Posts: 285; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

Lol MisterXXX, :-)

4. Bobbii

Posts: 32; Member since: Jan 18, 2017

Foldable, but untouchable.

5. newbey123

Posts: 695; Member since: Mar 19, 2012

Really not getting the appeal of these types of phone.

7. maherk

Posts: 6539; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Funny how yesterday you described the Mate X's crease as "slightly wrinkled", but now you want to make it sound as if both creases are almost identical. The fact that you had to mark the part where it barely shows a crease, compared to the crazy one going on the Mate X, defeats your goal into tricking us that they're equally as bad.

10. maherk

Posts: 6539; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

And I'm not trying to say there's none on the Fold, but I honestly don't see it, looks like the reflection of the light hitting it in the center, is identical to the lines showing from the reflection that's hitting the right side of the screen. But, I might be wrong, there might be one that I'm not able to locate.

12. Victor.H

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 27, 2011

That was my mistake in judgement. We have since edited that original article to remove the word "slightly": the bubbles on the Mate X actually look bigger than the crease on the Galaxy Fold. You can clearly see the two screen defects side by side in the photos at the end of the current article.

15. maherk

Posts: 6539; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

But still, the picture of the Fold you provided doesn't show a bubbly crease. It looks more like a reflection of a source of light that's positioned in front of it, as I don't see the reflection wavy or something, more like straight lines and identical to the reflection on the right side of the screen (left of the picture). And I hope the edited part of the X's article came long before you posted this article, and also not as a damage control after the criticism you received after that description.

18. Victor.H

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 27, 2011

You don't see a bubble because it's not a bubble, it's a crease.

22. maherk

Posts: 6539; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

I stand corrected, I just clicked on the link above, and yup, from that angle, you can clearly see the crease. My apologies for that.

9. IAMBLCKJ3ZUS

Posts: 395; Member since: Sep 29, 2015

The extremes Huawei fanboys will go through is amazing. This post was made just because the sheer amount of comments saying how wavy and cheap the display was on the Mate X which is also $600 more then the fold.

78. Aruminiumaian

Posts: 195; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

No, people are simply surprised by the fact that Galaxy Fold has a crease in the middle similarly to Mate X, because Samsung was giving them an impression that it doesn't have one by hiding the actual device from the public and showing it only in the official promotion/introduction videos.

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