When reports of breaking Galaxy Fold screens emerged this week, it underscored just how risky and fragile the concept of a folding phone really is.
Initially, people fretted over the plastic screen’s glare, wondered if the polymer screen would feel less premium, wrung their hands over the central crease where the two screen halves fold and generally knitted their brows about long-term wear and tear. Nobody expected a total meltdown of review units before the Galaxy Fold’s April 26 sale date, least of all reviewers.
The turmoil came after four early reviewers of Samsung’s foldable phone posted photos of their bulging, “broken,” “unusable,” “flickering” Folds, causing a ripple of sensation across social media sites like Twitter and Reddit. Photos of the damaged devices ranged from a fully blacked-out screen to a bubbled device and one with a portion of the screen white and the other half blacked out.
That leaves those curious buyers and those who preordered the phone waiting for answers: What went wrong, if issues will affect all foldable phones or just this early run and where buyers can turn if something happens to their Galaxy Fold.
CNET’s Galaxy Fold review unit is undamaged.
When you think about breaking phone parts, your mind will no doubt leap to the glass screens and backing on a premium phone. This is why cases exist, after all. But on the Galaxy Fold, glass is the bodyguard. The Fold uses a horizontal clamshell design where hard glass halves close like a book to protect a tender plastic display inside.
Samsung even includes a case in the Galaxy Fold box as extra armor for the glass exterior, in case you drop the phone. More