How Samsung Fixed the Galaxy Fold! [Foldable Phone]

by birtanpublished on September 21, 2020

the Galaxy fold is going back on sale

Over four months after Samsung's first attempt with the same price tag and marketing message despite well publicized hardware problems that led to early devices failing the company loosely laid out the

Changes it made to this refresh model back in July but today I had my first opportunity to see and most importantly feel what the new phone was like months after using the canceled original reading Samsung's explanation of what

Was done to the fold I wasn't expecting there to be notable changes to the way the foldable felt but it only took a few minutes using the refreshed fold to tell the hardware improvements were really important and the combination of tweaks

Makes the fold feel like it's actually ready to sell this time the hardware changes obviously focused on the display and the hinge both ends of the hinge are now almost entirely enclosed with the openings only large enough to facilitate

The movement of adjacent parts when the halves are in motion there are noticeably large caps on both ends of the hinge up against the interior screen and the large hinge cap visible around the majority of the space has had its

Tolerances tightened up the biggest visual changes to the top protective layer of the screen which now extends the full width of the phone and is actually tucked underneath the raised bezel frame the entirety of the screen

The fact that this wasn't in the original design is completely baffling to me whether Samsung ever expected people to remove it on purpose or not no claims were made about improvements to the plastic substrate itself but

Addressing the major elephant in the room of removing the layer entirely was obviously the priority the most physically noticeable change is the way the fold opens and stays open Samsung says an additional layer of

Metal was placed underneath the display mechanism and connected to the hinge to address the considerable amount of flex that was very noticeable in the first version now when you pull the fold apart there's a satisfying click and the

Screen pops totleigh into place and it's actually flat this time before there was a disconcerting amount of slack in the hinge when the fold was open leaving the screen to be slight less than flat and leading to a little

Bit of wiggle in the screen that was very noticeable when using it in portrait mode in particular look you can definitely still notice the screen crease and it's still most noticeable when viewing full screen apps and with

Lighter content displayed in particular and even across the handful of units that were made available in my meeting at the ephah trade show in Berlin I could see variations in how the crease had worn in on each one when it comes to

A plastic flexible display that folds in half there are bound to be little variations and changes over time that's just not gonna change but the improvements to the overall tautness of the hinge and the way the phone stays

More rigid and flat when the screen is unfolded have me cautiously optimistic that the crease won't wear in is badly or have as many inconsistencies over time the original fold never seemed to commit to keeping the screen pulled

Tight and the new version certainly does every time you open it if you hadn't seen or used the original version of the fold you wouldn't think any of these design changes are out of place whatsoever in

Fact it now looks much more like a complete product rather than some kind of engineering prototype the fact that the fold ever shipped with a relatively exposed hinge mechanism it hinge that didn't lock the screen flat while open

And with the screen covering that could be easily removed as frankly baffling now all of these things have been addressed and this is how the fold should have shipped the first time I'm really glad Samsung seems to have sorted

Out the folds display and hinge problems at least when operating within the constraints of this particular form factor with a more robust hinge better protection to keep debris out of the internals a better screen covering and

General reliability improvements will actually be able to evaluate the fold and its merits as a device without the cloud of these issues hanging overhead at least we can hope that that's the case there's still plenty of reason to

Be skeptical of the folds long term reliability and will only be able to find out if these fixes truly worked after getting thousands of phones into people's hands and just letting them use them in the real world for months thanks

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