The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the hot topic of the smartphone world right now, and with good reason. The phone was sent to reviewers ahead of its public release only for most devices to suffer display issues. The phone has now been delayed, and popular repair site iFixit has now removed its own tear down of the phone, too.
As it is wont to do, iFixit got its hand on a Galaxy Fold and then took it apart, showing us its inner workings. However, after a request by Samsung and a “partner,” that tear down has now been removed from view.
After two days of intense public interest, iFixit has removed our teardown of Samsung’s Galaxy Fold. That analysis supported our suspicions that the device provided insufficient protection from debris damaging the screen.
We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove its teardown. We are under no obligation to remove our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally in making devices more repairable, we are choosing to withdraw our story until we can purchase a Galaxy Fold at retail.
We can only surmise that the request came because Samsung will be making big changes to how the device will function internally, and as a result, it doesn’t want everyone gawping at what now appears to have been a flawed design from day one. It’s likely Samsung wasn’t keen on the attention the teardown was getting, and thus asked for it to be removed.
Whatever the reason, it’s now gone. We’ll have to wait and see when the phone makes another appearance online, or indeed anywhere. But we expect Samsung to be very, very careful with that display next time around.
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