Samsung Galaxy Fold review units' screens are breaking

Joanna Estrada
April 18, 2019

Bohn explained that he first felt a bulge under the display right along the crease.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold may have received "Eye Comfort" certification, but the durability of the screen seems questionable, as several reviews claim their handset was damaged after only a few days. "Hard to know if this is widespread or not". They're generally OK at protecting the display, but just bad when it comes to a top-notch display experience. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. "I believe this contributed to the problem".

The screens of some Samsung Galaxy Folds reportedly started flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. "It's NOT a screen protector". Do NOT remove it. So you get a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED Infinity-U display of FHD+ resolution, Exynos 7904 SoC, a 5,000mAh battery with 15W fast charging support, and a fingerprint reader on the back. We won't have to wait too long, though, to see if those were flaws are just associated with a small number of review units, or if the problems speak to a wider issue.

Adding fuel to the fire is that the protective film covering the display on Mark Gurman's Galaxy Fold began peeling off within two days.

Samsung Galaxy Fold review units' screens are breaking
Samsung Galaxy Fold review units' screens are breaking

But Dieter Bohn, executive editor of technology news site The Verge, says he left that layer on and his screen still broke.

CNBC's Steve Kovach also shared video and images of the screen glitching, and Todd Haselton reported the outlet didn't take off the protective layer. Bloomberg's Mark Gurman shared a gruesome photo of a removed layer of display film, saying, "The phone comes with this protective layer/film". But even still, the urge to remove that top layer has been ingrained in all of us for over a decade - plastic doesn't feel right on a phone, and it looks like it's removable. After picking at the layout a bit, Brownlee says "the display spazzed and blacked out". We're starting to get an answer to that question, though it's not going to be one Samsung will be happy to hear.Credit: Tom's GuideA quartet of reviewers who got early access to the Galaxy Fold are reporting issues with the device, from a bulging display to portions of the folded-out screen giving up the ghost.

Samsung also announced the Galaxy A70 which is priced at ¥2499 (~$374) for the 6GB + 128GB version and ¥2799 (~$418) for the 8GB RAM + 128GB version.

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