Galaxy Fold Survived 120,000 Folds, But Failed in Drop Test From 1.8 Meters
Karamchand Rameshwar - Oct 05, 2019
In the duribility test conducted by SquareTrade, Inc, the Galaxy Fold survived 120,000 folds, but it failed in the drop test from 1.8 meters.
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Despite being offered at nearly $2000, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is still quite easily damaged during use. For example, the folding screen of the machine proved extremely "fragile", when even a slight scratching of the fingernail also made it broken.
However, other parts of the Galaxy Fold, such as hinges, have significantly better quality and durability. In fact, compared to the version experienced by tech websites early in April, the hinge on the Galaxy Fold version sold in September has been improved by Samsung and it now opens and closes more smoothly and firmly. .
According to Samsung, Galaxy Fold still works perfectly after about 200,000 folds, equivalent to opening / closing the phone 100 times a day for 5 years straight.
In order to verify the above statement, a recent technology channel on Youtube named SquareTrade, Inc. conducted a Galaxy Fold endurance test, when the device was folded / opened up to 120,000 times.
Youtube Channel SquareTrade, Inc. tested 12,000 folds, dropped from a height of 1.8m to test the Galaxy Fold's durability
In the video posted, SquareTrade, Inc. said, 120,000 folds would be equivalent to users opening / folding the phone 100 times / day for 3 consecutive years.
It is known that, to achieve the number of folds up to 120,000 in a short time, this Youtube channel had to use a specialized mechanical device, made exclusively for the Galaxy Fold. Naturally, this interesting test by SquareTrade, Inc. has yielded some noteworthy conclusions about the Galaxy Fold's durability.
After starting with 10,000 folds, Galaxy Fold proved to be quite durable when not showing any sign of errors or problems.
Reaching 18,500 folds, Galaxy Fold has appeared some dead pixels on the device's flexible screen. These dead pixels, though quite small, are enough for many fastidious users to feel uncomfortable during use.
Next, when it reached 40,000 times continuous folding, the Galaxy Fold's folding screen showed signs of touch error, according to SquareTrade, Inc. They then decided to halt the trial and conduct recharging the Galaxy Fold overnight. Quite surprisingly, the touch of the device suddenly operated normally again the next morning.
Finally, when the number reached 120,000 fold / open, the hinge of the Galaxy Fold appeared many signs of damage and slight degradation. Meanwhile, the screen of the machine does not appear any more new dead pixels except those that appear earlier. However, the device can still be used normally - showing that Samsung wasn’t wrong when claiming Galaxy Fold can withstand at least 200,000 times open / close.
Naturally, the number of open / close is too much and way enough for average usage as no ordinary user can perform so many openings in actual use conditions.
After that, the device will be released at a height of about 1.8m, with the drop angle adjusted so that the inner screen of the Galaxy Fold is perpendicular to the ground.
Internal screen ....
... and the Galaxy Fold's external display is all broken when dropped from a height of 1.8m
As a result, Galaxy Fold was severely damaged on the first drop test. Touch and camera of the machine has failed, while the plastic screen has appeared a series of blue stripes. On the next test, when the outside of the device was arranged to face outward, the Galaxy screen and the Galaxy Fold's selfie camera were cracked in many places and no longer worked.