The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the latest and most expensive flagship of the Korean smartphone manufacturer to date. And just days before its April 26th release, the phone has been receiving flak from tech media groups and influencers due to its fragile construction, particularly that of the folding screen.
One Galaxy Fold user from China took to Weibo and posted photos of the Galaxy Fold’s breakdown:
According to the Weibo post (which has since been deleted), the hinge of the fold is a complicated structure composed of five parts, and the gears in it look like the mechanism of a mechanical watch. It requires extremely precise alignment, and any deviation from its components will definitely damage the soft OLED screen.
The foldable OLED screen was easy enough to remove, and was said to feel like a rubber sheet. The two halves of the foldable OLED screen are connected by two ribbon cables, which might be partly responsible for the jelly-like scroll lag noted in The Verge’s review. Meanwhile, the secondary rear screen almost immediately shattered upon disassembly.
The Weibo post also noted the two differently-sized batteries housed on either sides of the Galaxy Fold. The labels, however, did not state the capacities of both batteries.
To date, Youtubers like MKBHD, Unbox Therapy, and Jon Rettinger of TechnoBuffalo have discussed the Galaxy Fold’s OLED screen issues. The Verge also has posted a video version of their review after their screen issues came about.
Samsung has already released a statement regarding the broken screen issues and the protective plastic layer on top, quote:
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 protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers.
Despite the issues, Samsung still plans to launch the Galaxy Fold worldwide on April 26, 2019. The phone will retail at a hefty price of US$1980.00.