Teardown nerds return to the Fold with word of warning: Samsung kit still 'alarmingly fragile'

www.theregister.co.uk | 10/7/2019 | Staff
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Screwdriver wielding nihilists at iFixit have dismantled the revised Galaxy Fold, declaring that despite Sammy implementing "durability quick fixes" it proposed in a previous teardown, the device remains "alarmingly fragile".

Samsung's unusual (and pricey) folding phone was initially set for launch in April but was withdrawn after early reviewers ran into problems. This was in part because some tried to remove the screen protector, which turned out to be integral to the design, thereby damaging the device. Not only that, even with the screen protector left intact, the original Fold was too fragile, vulnerable to dust and dirt working in via gaps at each end of the hinge.

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Back in April, iFixit took an early look at the device, remarking: "The slim bezels clearly aren't flexible enough to cross the fold. Did Samsung decide this fragile screen could survive in the open? Or was there no sufficient material to be found?" The team's original conclusion was that "the overwhelming fragility is a bad sign for repair".

That first teardown was removed at Samsung's request – partly because the device was not purchased at retail and might not have been quite final. However, Samsung's cancellation of the launch suggested that iFixit was not too far wrong.

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Samsung redesigned the Galaxy Fold, not just modifying the first batch, but building it anew. The Fold was relaunched in September, with the company claiming that the device is now robust enough to survive 200,000 folds.

The iFixit team has published a fresh teardown based on the revised design. Viewing the internals is of interest, but potential customers will be primarily concerned with whether the mobile is robust enough to be durable.

News - Samsung - IFixit - Reports - Improvements

There is good news and bad. Samsung, iFixit reports, has made several key improvements to...
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