New Galaxy Fold durability test exposes glaring flaws Samsung has yet to iron out (video)

New Galaxy Fold durability test exposes glaring flaws Samsung has yet to iron out (video)
Technically, the world's first foldable device from a household name of the mobile industry is still at its first generation, and with the exception of a few thousand early adopters in Samsung's homeland, no one can actually use the Galaxy Fold as a daily driver yet.

But following a spring launch attempt that turned into a fiasco due to catastrophic display issues, the world's top smartphone vendor is gearing up for a global re-release of a reengineered Galaxy Fold. A Galaxy Fold 2.0, if you will, which was supposed to withstand daily abuse (or at least regular use) much better than its "predecessor." Then again, the fact Samsung took the time to put together a video instructing future owners how to "care for" their foldable phones was certainly not encouraging, and as it turns out, this "improved" bad boy is still pretty fragile.

Popular YouTuber and professional gadget torturer Zack Nelson with JerryRigEverything has somehow managed to get his hands on a retail Korean version of the "Galaxy Fold 2.0", which was naturally subjected to a routine set of durability tests... with a special twist. In addition to assessing the handset's scratch, flame, and bend resistance, Nelson went ahead and put this $2,000 product in direct contact with dust, which... did not end very well.
While Samsung explicitly warns the Galaxy Fold is NOT water or dust resistant, it's still shocking to see how easy a foreign object or small piece of debris can make its way between the internal 7.3-inch screen and its protective plastic film (which, to Samsung's credit, no longer looks like a standard screen protector you're free to peel off). This vulnerability to dust is expected to not only create major inconveniences, as proven in the embedded video above, but also cause the same permanent display damage in the long run that influencers quickly experienced back in April.

Speaking of irreparable harm, you should know Samsung means it when warning against "pressing hard on the screen", as even your fingernail can do considerable damage to the flexible but incredibly feeble AMOLED display on the inside of the device. On the bright side, the smaller "cover" display, metal frame, glass-covered cameras, and glass back panel are just as premium and solid as you've come to expect from conventional high-enders nowadays. In fact, the articulating hinge is almost unbelievably robust, surviving the repeated attempts of Zack Nelson to break the entire device by bending it the wrong way.

At the end of the day, however, those undeniable strengths can't offset all the glaring weak points of an insufficiently improved product that costs way too much money.

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34 Comments

2. stijnvbml

Posts: 76; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

I do not think foldable phones are the future, though foldable technology is. Phones are so extremely fragile and as Jerry says, the most abused piece of technology, and adding a folding display makes it much worse. And I do not really think having a larger screen fold out is that much more convient than taking an iPad with you when you want that larger screen, on trips for example. I think that a foldable tablet, a large one; may be better since you do not use it as often and do not need a screen on the outside. This tech should also be cool in laptops and wearables!

3. dimas

Posts: 3380; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

That expensive, very soft display lol. Samsung could have reinforced the touching areas and leave the folding line soft. This is why i will wait for the fold 2. Don't rush everything samsung, always have quality as priority in your product design.

16. treypoundz

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Says the person that doesnt make phones nor knows wat goes into making one. Hush

5. yalokiy

Posts: 1047; Member since: Aug 01, 2016

Sensation, an easy to damage device, was easily damaged.

6. Cyberchum

Posts: 1089; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This would get better with time, but It'd never be as durable as regular phones. Expecting it to be would be wishful. Bottomline, candybar T9 phones are more durable than fullscreen touchscreen phones, and are handled differently / more carefully; same would apply to foldables!

8. Ali888

Posts: 99; Member since: Apr 13, 2018

What did you expect? This isn't your average phone, it's very difficult to engineer. I won't buy it and you don't have to either but innovation starts somewhere. It started with the iPhone (although apple gave up on innovating) and it starts here as well. Give credit where it's due

13. Tizo101

Posts: 566; Member since: Jun 05, 2015

As much as it's hated on this site, if I could get this I would and use it as my daily driver. This is huge innovation.

14. Wazupmrg

Posts: 186; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Of course you didn't mention it exceeded wildly on the drop test. But why put a positive spin on it. It's not an Apple product right?

25. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I would expect it to exceed on the drop test when it lands on its side, the interior screen is plastic so no glass to fracture.

17. treypoundz

Posts: 85; Member since: Sep 05, 2017

Best folding phone to date. Those that don't understand hate. You will understand one day. U will all have one if ur pockets get bigger

18. oldskool50 unregistered

It's a 1st gen device. Watching a video where a person is destroying a $2000 phone and then saying Samsung still has work to do, is totally stupid. We know all you bruts here hate Samsung. But you attack Apple for far less. First generation device has falws. Who would have thunk that?! Yeah because people who buy this phone are gonna put metal scratching picks to it and scar it up with a razor-blade. Those are not flaws. This is an idiot in a video who has money to waste, so he destroys phones to get clicks.

20. MsPooks

Posts: 156; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Ok, comment below... Who are the idiots here who would pour sand into/on their device? These things have been in use for almost a month now, and we haven't heard of any glaring faults.

26. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The other day I did accidentally get a bunch of dust and gravel in my pocket with my galaxy s8+. But that's more to do with me laying on the ground to hook a car up to pull it up on a flatbed truck. Accidentally getting dirt, dust, and gravel onto/into this phone can happen. But then again I would probably leave this phone in the truck instead of my pocket if I'm going to be laying on the ground to do something like that.

23. Deadeye

Posts: 101; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

Because you buy this fine piece of engineering to drag it through the mountain of sand. In other news, if you hit the glass with a maul, it will break.

24. southernzombie

Posts: 357; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

The only thing truly concerning about this is the fact that he was able to scratch it with just his fingernail. I get that in order for the screen to fold it has to be some form of softer material but that is crazy soft. The rest of the JRE tests are worst case scenario type stuff, so its of little concern to me. Also, umaru-chan, you are just absolutely the dumbest commenter I have ever seen on this site. Nothing you said was of any merit whatsoever.

27. Vogue1985

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 24, 2017

This test was ridiculous lol,as if I would spend 2000 on a item and would engage in such reckless behavior on the phone everyday lol. Plus my default, anything that can fold can be broken with enough force. If you can a phone that you can beat,get a active lifestyle phone like a Samsung active or the many other phones construction folks use,very easy

28. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Overall I'm not concerned about the durability in average every day use for this phone. He only had issues with the display after he punctured it with his box cutter's blade and even then it still seemed to be able to function despite that damage, not perfect function, but some.

29. Jrod99

Posts: 757; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

We need a tech expert. An old, oh never mind. He’s on the scene.

32. Jphones

Posts: 258; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

The problem with these stupid testers. Do s**t that a person spending 2k on a phone ain't doing. Who the f**k going to the beach with yo fold. Certain things can be easily avoided. Simply take care of your phone no problems mentioned would happen as easily you make it seem. Nobody buys a Ferrari and guess off roading.

34. rkoforever90

Posts: 459; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

The tech is still too early for prime usage , Id rather get a Note 10 and a refurbished ipad and will still be able to save 700$ than this. The outer screen is too small to be used as phone and the inner screen is too small to be used as a tablet

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