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After Samsung’s disastrous exploding Galaxy Note 8 phone, the company refocused on product quality, and produced the excellent Galaxy 9 line of smartphones, which helped repair their damaged reputation.
Recently, Samsung began selling its new Galaxy Fold phone. The phone is Samsung’s attempt to create what amounts to a foldable tablet-smartphone combo. When the gone is folded closed, it is about the size of a regular smartphone, with a screen on the front of the device. When it is opened, however, there is a much larger, tablet-sized bendable screen inside the device.
Gimmick - Enthusiasts - Price - Point - Reach
This sounds like a pretty neat gimmick, especially for tech enthusiasts, but the $2,000 price point is pretty painful and out of reach for most normal consumers.
But even more problematic is that the phone may have severe manufacturing defects:
Galaxy - Fold - Folds - Half - OLED
Since the Galaxy Fold folds in half, the flexible OLED display quickly forms a visible crease in the middle. People were worried about the durability of folding a display in half like this, and it looks like Steve Kovach of CNBC has experienced everyone’s worst fear: his Galaxy Fold display broke right along the fold crease—all the pixels in the folding area went black and the screen started flickering like crazy.
We’ve also seen some reviewers peel off a layer of the display on purpose, thinking it was a removable protective layer that many phones ship with. Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman shared a gruesome photo of a removed layer of display film,...
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