Early reviewers are now getting their hands on the hotly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Fold, a smartphone that folds out to provide users with a large, square screen similar to that of a tablet. However, some of those early reviewers are now finding that the device is breaking within days. Apple, of course, will most likely wait to create a folding iPhone until they have a proven design that can withstand millions of fold cycles without breaking, but it does bring up the question — is the high price and fragility of folding designs worth it?
Emma Mohr-McClune is the Service Director at GlobalData, which is a leading data and analytics company. She weighed in on the design issues of the Samsung Galaxy Fold today in a statement, saying:
CNBC’s Steve Kovach tweeted yesterday that his review Galaxy Fold showed major screen issues after just one day of use (warning – strobe effect!):
After one day of use… pic.twitter.com/VjDlJI45C9
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019
That video has been viewed over 2.34 million times as of publication time. What a PR nightmare for Samsung!
While the Samsung Galaxy Fold is certainly “cool” and “Innovative”, a $2,000 smartphone that breaks after several days of use is not going to be a runaway success.