Samsung’s first foldable phone was without a doubt a highlight and an exciting tech feat it might. But, unfortunately, it turned into a massive embarrassment for the company. Things got so messy that Samsung was forced to postpone the phone’s launch. They even had to recall the review units after many Galaxy Fold samples revealed several design issues. The issues literally made the phenomenally designed screen, useless. But just as the world started forgetting about the Galaxy Fold mess, Samsung decided to remind us how much of a failure the first Galaxy Fold is. It’s like they are their own biggest enemy.
Early awareness stopped the fire from spreading
Thankfully, these Galaxy Fold screen issues were caught well before Samsung’s shipment of units for its preordered buyers. And hopefully, Samsung can fix them. Even if the Fold is a disappointment right now, that doesn’t mean we should give up on foldable devices. In one way or another foldable screens will be part of the future. Also, Samsung undoubtedly is one of the companies that can and will perfect the technology.
Galaxy Fold: Issues causing the massive havoc
The numerous Galaxy Fold’s screen failure stories have helped in identification of at least a couple of issues. First of all, debris can get into the phone via the hinge mechanism. Secondly, there’s a thin layer of protective film on top of the display that you should not remove. Many people did this and they were devastated. Both of these issues will ruin the screen.
iFixit’s Galaxy Fold Teardown
This brings us to iFixit’s Galaxy Fold’s teardown from a few days ago, that identified other potential build issues with the Galaxy Fold, which could lead to unwanted screen damage. And here’s where Samsung stepped in to remind the world that the Galaxy Fold’s launch is far from being the success it wanted.
However, Samsung asked iFixit to remove the teardown, and iFixit decided to go along with it — here’s what it had to say about it:
After two days of intense public interest, iFixit has removed our teardown of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. That analysis supported our suspicions that the device provided insufficient protection from debris damaging the screen.
We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove its teardown. We are under no obligation to remove our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally in making devices more repairable, we are choosing to withdraw our story until we can purchase a Galaxy Fold at retail.
Our team appreciated the chance to look inside this ambitious device. All new products face challenges—this one perhaps more than most. We’re grateful to have shared a glimpse of how Samsung’s engineers addressed some of those challenges, and we look forward to sharing more as soon as possible.
Samsung remains silent
Samsung is yet to come out with official explanations for the Fold’s screen issues, and iFixit’s teardown conclusions aren’t official. By removing iFixit’s detailed disassembly of the phone, Samsung only amplified the whole matter. It is making us wonder if iFixit has indeed identified series manufacturing issues with the handset. We’ll have to wait and see.
The internet remembers; just like North does
It’s understandable that Samsung would want to protect the manufacturing secrets behind the Galaxy Fold. The step could be to prevent buyers and the competition from seeing all those incredibly detailed photos of the phone’s components. But, the internet never forgets. So it’s not like iFixit’s findings will remain a secret now that the teardown is gone from iFixit’s site. And it’s likely that iFixit will tear down any future foldable phones that hit the market, not just next-gen Fold models.