Leaked Samsung Galaxy Fold video might convince you NOT to buy one

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A leaked video showing the new Samsung Galaxy Fold in action might actually put you off buying one.

Samsung’s highly anticipated foldable smartphone will go on sale in the UK on May 3, with an eye-watering price tag of $1,980 (£1,500).

The device has a 4.6-inch screen on the front, and opens like a book to reveal a 7.3-inch flexible display on the inside.

However, a leaked video of the new device in action shows that, even when fully opened out, the internal display has a very visible crease down the middle.


 

The video, which has been watched almost 900,000 times on YouTube, was shared by Vietnam-based smartphone unlocking company phoneoftime.

Many of the people commenting on the video have pointed out how prominent the crease is.

“OMG the crease would drive me nuts! I will wait for after few more generations,” wrote one commenter.

“This thing is barely minutes old and already has a noticeable crease down the middle. $2,000 and I bet it’ll be cracked within 3 months use. Nah, I’ll wait for the next gen or so,” wrote another.

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Another accused Samsung of trying to disguise the problem with the butterfly graphic that appears on all of the company’s promotional images of the device.

“I knew when they had the butterfly and the dark area in the middle they were trying to hide the crease,” the commenter said

“They did the same with the hole punch cameras. Fade to black into that corner.”

It is unclear whether the Samsung Galaxy Fold in the video is a prototype or the same handset that will ship to customers in May.

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Samsung had to develop new manufacturing processes for the phone’s hinge, which has multiple interlocking gears to allow it to withstand being opened and closed hundreds of thousands of times.

The company claims it can bend 200,000 times before showing any wear and tear – which works out to over 5 years if you fold it 100 times a day.

However Bloomberg reports that the actual number is closer to 10,000 – meaning Samsung may have to offer free screen replacements.

The crease reportedly develops on a protective film covering the touch sensor bonded with the display underneath – a problem that Samsung is trying to “iron out” before relese.



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