I know, I know: in the ordinary, here in the , we will cover a competition launch so thoroughly. It turns out that the Galaxy fold It is far from being a common launch: It is, despite all its flaws and problems, a glimpse into the future and a technology that Apple could eventually adopt. Therefore, there is nothing fairer than following your saga especially now that the people of iFixit We put our hands on a copy of the device.
The site's mission was, of course, to find out if there are any design flaws in Galaxy Fold that have caused the defects in a number of devices shipped to specialized vehicles and testers. As might be expected, the problems were detected and they correspond to the assumptions previously raised by vehicles such as the The verge.
Basically, the Galaxy Fold's ?fatal flaw? is in a flight of approximately 7mm at the top and bottom of the fold, exactly where the edges that protect the screen meet. This totally unprotected opening, allowing dust, debris and liquids to enter which sooner or later (most likely sooner, as we saw on testers), will cause catastrophic screen damage.
The problem extends to the very nature of OLED technology: the pixels that make up this type of panel are fragile. In ordinary appliances, the glass shield protects them from weather and impact, but in the case of Galaxy Fold, we have none of that; What is there is a plastic coating and a mechanism that folds and unfolds these pixels thousands of times over their lifetime, which decreases their durability. Adding this susceptibility of the device to collect debris, we have a recipe for disaster.
Samsung has quite a challenge to redesign the Galaxy Fold at its new release date apparently, June 13th, as informed by CNET based on an email distributed by US carrier AT&T but not yet officially confirmed by South Korea.
As a matter of curiosity, iFixit gave Galaxy Fold a 2/10 rating in its "reparability" index. The company praised the fact that the device is easily opened with a simple Philips screwdriver, as well as the modularity of various internal components. The criticisms, besides the extreme fragility, were due to the difficulty of changing the batteries and the use of glue to fix the screens of the device.
Is there salvation for the device of the future?