Apr 20th, 2019

Following the recent focus around the durability of the Samsung Galaxy Fold after reports of the screen failing on a few review units surfaced, Unbox Therapy has come to offer some reassurance with a video showing the device being folded a thousand times.

Samsung’s quality testing on the hinge of the Galaxy Fold pegs the failure rate at 200,000 folds, which equates to 100 folds per day for 5 years, so it’s not exactly fragile. Despite this, there have been a number of reports surfacing from reviewers who got their hands on the device where the screen and/or hinge mechanism has failed. Granted, the failure was potentially accelerated by the removal of a protective cover on the screen, which Samsung has now clarified, or foreign objects compromising the folding mechanism, but even so, the confidence in the quality and longevity of the Fold leaves much to be desired at this point.

For anyone that is concerned that the reviewers’ experience would be consistent across every unit, Unbox Therapy has taken it upon himself to fold and open the device 1000 times in the space of 20 minutes thus accelerating any potential early-life failure. I’ll leave the video below for anyone wanting to see the full footage for themselves.

Needless to say, there are no surprises and the Galaxy Fold functions exactly as it should after fold 1000 as it did after fold 1. It remains to be seen if this will be consistent after fold 100,000.

While the video provides some clarity that the Galaxy Fold isn’t going to fall to bits in your hand after unboxing, the experience of the early failed units is something Samsung need to, and no doubt will address going forward. The Galaxy Fold is an excellent piece of engineering and a concept that could kick the smartphone into the next generation, but regardless of how much everyone is rooting for the Fold to succeed, a $2000 device needs to do better.

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