Samsung Galaxy Fold Durability Test! - Is it STILL fragile?!Feb 27, 2020
foldan ambitious new take on what smartphones can do and what smartphones can look like today we are going to see what the
foldis made of both physically and metaphorically this is a new retail sealed korean version of the Galaxy fold 2 version as version 1 never made it to the Public Market maybe if we've gone far enough in the wrong direction we can fit it on two phones instead of just one you never know unless you try let's start as As soon as possible. the box of this future phone has many warnings for us avoid pressing too hard on the screen just touch it lightly the phone is not waterproof or dustproof and do not let foreign objects in also do not attach anything to the main screen without screen protectors and keep the fold away from objects affected by magnets like credit cards all seem like pretty big problems to me cell phones are arguably some of the most accidentally abused pieces of tech on the plane t and
samsungtell us not to touch it too hard no it induces a lot of confidence before starting the first fold.
Let's see what's inside the box under the phone holder. We have a note written in what looks like Korean. Google translate on my Galaxy S8. Also, it shows that it is another small advertising paragraph for the phone. The Galaxy Fold also comes with a case, a very thin layer of carbon fiber material that fits over either half of the phone. I guess any protection is good protection and below that we have Wireless. Galaxy earbuds and regular USBC charger let's get back to the fold right away it definitely feels good it feels solid well designed and very well planned even out of the fold but there is a visible crease in the center of the screen It's not as visible when the screen is on, but it's definitely there now, this is only the second foldable smartphone I've come across in real life, but while folding it's definitely the better feeling of the two lately, the hinge makes the phone feel like it's supposed to fold easily and smoothly and then clicks smoothly into the closed position and stays closed with its magnets and does all of this very smoothly when you would fold the Royal Flex. per hinge the foldable phone i
tested earlier was more of a spring that always wanted to stay in the open position and didn't want to fold of its own accord the galaxy fold feels much more natural honestly if this phone survives the
testi might even change it as my daily driver It feels pretty amazing.
The fold also has a much smaller profile than the flexible stack seen here. it's open as well as when it's closed in fact the flex pie closed is just as big as the galaxy fold when it's open and they both have some very strong magnets inside so you know the form factor goes when ta speaking of bones, I think the Galaxy fold stands out. Its smaller design makes it look more like a phone and the flex foot is more like a foldable tablet. The Galaxy fold is a functional front screen and you can control the whole phone from here.
I can activate the front camera and then open the phone to switch to the internal screen and smoothly switch to the internal front camera at the same time this thing has six cameras in total which we'll get to in just a second this thing is kind of mind blowingly futuristic , it doesn't register that the phone is closing until it actually closes and then I can go back to using that front screen as a normal phone if I wanted to, it's time to start seeing what this fold is made of my higher toughness picks can tell the difference numerically between different minerals and materials plastic scratches at level three glass scratches at level 5 or 6 and Sapphire would scratch at level 8 or 9 this front screen is 4.6 inches with 720p resolution and starts scratching at a level 6 with deeper grooves at a level seven pretty normal for a smartphone even though this phone is anything but normal let's move on to Mosey on the internal screen this thing is much bigger at 7.3 inches with all the Samsung warnings about it on the internal screen and earlier recall due to screen brittleness we knew this was coming but we
stillsee scratches on a level 2 with deeper grooves at a level 3 it just hurts a little the Galaxy Fold has a screen hardness comparable to soggy bread from Plato or a two thousand dollar stick of gum even my fingernail can do considerable damage to the screen given that we knew the screen would have to be made of soft plastic as glass doesn't bend too well but
stillunfortunate there is no way to safely add a screen protector you may be wondering but what if the Dirt or sand from my pocket gets trapped between the two halves of the phone when it is closed?
The screen and definitely if the grain of sand or dirt is big enough it will definitely leave a mark on each side of the screen. There is a small gap between the two halves, so dust and dirt could get out, but that same gap. it could also let things in, so if you get this phone it might be a good idea to vacuum your pockets every morning before putting on your pants. Samsung said that this phone is not dustproof at all and I believe them and you believe. them but i dont think the dust creates them anymore its going to follow its rules so let's see what happens if you take this phone to the beach the phone closes well and there is enough space between the two halves to make this the most expensive salt shaker of the world and somehow because you have dust on top of the screen there is no sand permanently grinding inside the hinge of the phone which is unfortunate the screen has some minor nick scratches and nicks , but still surprisingly fast. the dust got inside the phone I understand it was a lot of little stones, but still the phone has only been active for about five minutes.
Well, Samsung says they mimic the precision of watch mechanics with lots of little gears inside for smooth articulation. Those internal gears definitely need more protection from dust and dirt than they do now. We will take a closer look at how the hinge works from the inside, during disassembly, the frame of the Galaxy fold is made of metal along with the power button and volume rocker, both of which are made of metal on the top of the phone, we found a hole for the microphone and a grill for the speaker and this is where we see the unfortunate gravity of soft screens caught it let's rewind a bit and look at that again as i turn the phone the tip of my razor catches the raised edge around from the edge of the Dynamic AMOLED screen and appears. pixels like a marshmallow on a roasting stick literally kill a whole line of pixels on the galaxy fold screen one false move one little accident and now the entire top section of my phone is dead pixels as well as the touch sensitivity it has everything went a bit crazy all because of that little pinprick this would never happen inside a normal phone and now the full screen doesn't even want to turn on half the time and we haven't even gotten to the test bin yet i'm not a big fan of this new development let's go ahead anyway the galaxy fold has a sim card tray but no expandable memory at least this tray has a rubber ring to keep out some dust if only the rest of the phone had the same function .
The bottom of the phone has USBC and no headphone jack, but since Samsung included a pair of wireless headphones in the box, I'm pretty much okay with that. The articulating center column of the Galaxy Fold is made of metal. It's also interesting to note that Samsung has carved its logo and embedded small reflective letters inside each of the small slots. It usually looks great for the first year or so and then the letters fall off. We've seen it on some of the old-school Nexus phones. The back panel is made of glass which is nice it makes sense that a phone priced at two grand is made of glass the front raised lip around the edges of the inner screen is made of plastic we call this lip Marquez's fault because it's Marquez's fault if we go to the back, set up the triple camera lens and cover it with glass, the 16-megapixel wide-angle camera on the top, the regular 12-megapixel camera on the center and the 12-megapixel telephoto zoom camera at the bottom and then above here on the closed foam front, the outer 10-megapixel selfie camera is also protected by glass along with the metal grill on the earpiece and then when opening the phone on the internal cameras the screen still does I really don't want to work right now we have another 10 megapixel selfie camera and 8 depth sensor megapixels for a total of six cameras and a phone, although Samsung has a very strict rule against sticking screen protectors to the screen.
The back is really cool, it screams dbrand's latest limited edition robot skin, it has a pretty awesome eye-catching design that proves that you can look amazing on the outside, even if you're a little dead on the inside. I'll leave a link in the description so you can see what your phone looks like with the robot installed and thanks to dbrand for sponsoring this video the screen is still a bit finicky it won't turn on sometimes and not feel touch other times that small hit really caused unfortunate damage. I don't think the cigarette lighter is going to make things any better, but with the semi-dead screen and a hinge that sounds like a pepper mill, I don't think we have much to lose after about seven seconds.
The pixels turn white and start to burn, but as soon as I remove the lighter, they are fully recovered. It's interesting that the plastic on top of the display doesn't bubble or melt like we saw on the flexible display watch or some of the other plastics. screen devices we tested i burned the screen again for about 10 more seconds and still no damage to the plastic just the inner pixels i closed the phone and turned it over to check the front screen lasted a little longer at 15 seconds with the heat because the glass of my cigarette lighter absorbs some of the heat before it reaches the pixels.
Now you can mention that cool fact at parties. The display is now fully recovered for container testing in perfect pristine condition. Factory closed folded by robots. 000 volts, which means if the fold is bent and absurd 200 times a day, it would still last you almost three years in a non-pristine environment, of course, and one contact with a tablespoon of dirt. It lasts about 20 folds before the hinge starts to sound like a crumpled bag of chips, but let's say we accidentally folded the phone on purpose in the wrong direction, we already know that the Royal Flex purchase survived for a while even after the hinge broke. so let's see what happens to the Galaxy fold by flipping the phone over to fold it back and I apply a little bit of force.
Surprisingly, the track remains intact. This is a big surprise. this
samsunggalaxy fold may have some glaring weak points with the articulating hinge definitely not one of them the whole phone still folds in the right direction but when folded the wrong way all i get is a smooth curve but no permanent damage to the hinge it's just as strong as Samsung's normal non-folding flagships pretty amazing the antenna line is cracking along the frame but the hinge itself is still 100 functional and the device is still in a single piece, this is hard, how should we categorize the Galaxy Fold?
The body of the phone is still intact, but the internal screen is basically unusable from that accidental bump I did earlier. Should we say the Galaxy Fold passes the
durabilitytest or it fails let me know in the comments personally I think when Samsung figures out how to seal the hinge from dust and finds a way to enable screen protection this foldable phone format will be a winner, do you ever see yourself using a flip phone punch? that subscribe button. I'll be right here testing Samsung's next foldable phone too and don't forget to check out dbrand's robot skin with the link in the description.
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