US repair shop iFixit have tore down the Samsung Galaxy Fold and discovered several ‘potential entry points’ (and not the good kind). The hinge design allows dust to be collected beneath the display, which may cause malfunction as we have seen with several reviewers last week.
The first issue that iFixit found is the bezel around the device. To achieve the fold, the bezel that surrounds the screen leaves a gap where the two halves meet (see picture above). This part leaves the display unprotected and exposed to dust or physical damage. There seems little Samsung can do about this, because of the mechanical properties of foldable displays.
The second issue found is the protective polymer layer that Samsung glued on top of the flexible OLED display. Removing it, causes the screen to die. iFixit asks: why not extend this layer under the bezels to hide it from peel-happy folks?
Thirdly, the repair gurus from iFixit found a problem with the hinge (top picture).
One thing we didn’t find was any hinge ingress protection—those large gaps around the spine let dirt right in, possibly getting trapped between hinge and display.
Seems Samsung has to go back to the drawing board and fix the problems and PR-disaster that the Galaxy Fold has become.