Samsung Galaxy Fold: First test devices already broken
A few days ago, Samsung started distributing the foldable smartphone to various influencers. While these opinions are mostly bought, the first technology YouTubers now had the device in their hands. The first test devices of the Samsung Galaxy Fold are already broken.
That should soon Samsung Galaxy Fold for almost 2000 euros on the market. This is a good time for Samsung to start promoting the foldable smartphone. In the last few days, the Galaxy Fold has been distributed to a number of influencers. The opinions of those were – of course – outstanding. However, if you test the Galaxy Fold for a longer period of time, it could still be serious Progive problems.
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First devices of the Samsung Galaxy Fold already broken
If you look at the first reactions from various technology YouTubers and bloggers, the left display is usually broken. This flickers or in some cases even turns completely white and no longer shows anything. This makes the device unusable, as the left side can also be seen when it is closed. For some it looks like this:
The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not. pic.twitter.com/G0OHj3DQHw
- Mark Gurman (@markgurman) 17 April 2019
Here the display just flickers:
After one day of use... pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9
- Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) 17 April 2019
Technology YouTuber Marques Brownlee also speaks of Proproblems with his test device. So he believed that there was a protective film over the display and detached it. But that's not the case - it's supposed to be a film to hold the display together(?), at least it mustn't be removed. Part of the display has even come loose and has now turned completely black – again: unusable.
PSA: There's a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold's display. It's NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it.
I got this far peeling it off before the display brushed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement. pic.twitter.com/ZhEG2Bqulr
- Brownlee Brands (@MKBHD) 17 April 2019
What can the Samsung Galaxy Fold withstand?
Also the Profi in smashing, bending and scratching smartphones "JerryRigEverything" has already proven itself on twitter reported to speak. He has not received a test device himself and comments on the current situation regarding the Galaxy Fold with humor: "Samsung doesn't send me a Fold ... then they all break anyway"
Would the Samsung Galaxy Fold even withstand such a load by bending in the other direction or other experiments? What can you do with everyday life? You will probably only see that after the start of the market.
Samsung is reviewing affected devices
Samsung has now also heard of these incidents - it is announced today that affected devices will be checked. In the future, one would also like to clearly communicate to buyers that the apparent protective film must not be removed. Without this film, the display will no longer hold up.
A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.
Separately, a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing damage to the screen. The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top proprotective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the proprotective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers.
It remains exciting as Samsung dies Proproblem and whether there will be more such cases in the near future. However, this is certainly not good “advertising” shortly before the market launch.