After a troublesome launched marred by complaints of screen issues on preproduction review units, the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone was relaunched on Sept.
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27 with key design changes and a more durable construction. The phone still costs $1,980 and retains its one novel feature that first made headlines when Samsung teased the device way back in November of 2018 — a foldable screen that can bend, flex and open up like a tablet.
To test its durability, SquareTrade Inc., a San Francisco-based company that offers warranties for consumer electronics and appliances, developed a machine that can fold Galaxy Fold Foldable repeatedly, thousands of times over. CNET will use SquareTrade’s machine to test the durability of our own Galaxy Fold unit.
Beginning Thursday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. PST, we will fold the phone 200,000 times consecutively to mimic the number times a user would open and close the Fold over five years’ usage (Samsung estimates 40,000 opens and closes a year for the average user).
We’ll livestream the event here until approximately 10 a.m. PST on Oct. 4, which is about how long we estimate it’ll take for our test phone to hit the 200,000 number. More