Samsung Galaxy Fold Durability Test! – Is it STILL fragile?!


The Galaxy Fold – an ambitious new take
on what smartphones can do and what smartphones can look like. Today we’re going to see what
the Galaxy Fold is made of – both physically and metaphorically. This is a brand new sealed
retail Korean version of the Galaxy Fold: version 2, since version 1 never quite made
it to public market. Maybe if we bend this fold backwards far enough in the wrong direction,
we can snap it into two phones instead of just one. You never know unless you try. Let’s get started. [Intro] So right out of the box, this phone of the
future has many warnings for us: Avoid pressing too hard on the screen, only tap it lightly,
the phone is not water or dust resistant and don’t allow any foreign objects into it. Also
don’t attach anything to the main screen – no screen protectors. And keep the Fold away
from objects affected by magnets like credit cards. Those all seem like pretty big issues to me.
Cell phones are quite possibly some of the most accidentally abused pieces of technology
on the planet and Samsung’s there telling us not to touch it very hard. Not very confidence
inducing. Before we commence the first fold, let’s see what’s inside the box. Underneath the phone holder we have a note
written in what looks like Korean. Google Translate on my Galaxy S8 Plus shows that
it’s another little hype paragraph for the phone. The Galaxy Fold also comes with a case.
A very thin layer of carbon fiber material. It just snaps onto either half of the phone.
I guess any protection is good protection. And underneath that we have the wireless Galaxy
earbuds and the normal USB-C charger. Let’s get back to the fold. Right off the
bat this thing definitely feels good. It feels solid, well engineered and very well planned
out, even without folding it yet. There is a visible crease running down the center of
the display. It’s not as visible when the screen is turned on, but still definitely
there. Now this is only the second folding smartphone I’ve ever come across in real life,
but while folding, it’s definitely the better feel of the two. The hinge makes the phone
feel like it’s supposed to bend easily and smoothly, and then softly clicks into the
closed position and is held shut with it’s magnets. And it does all this very gently.
When I would fold the Royale Flexpai hinge, the foldable phone I tested previously, it
was more of a spring that always wanted to stay in the open position and it did not want
to fold on it’s own free will. The Galaxy Fold feels much more natural. Honestly, if
this phone survives the durability test, I might even switch to it as my daily driver. It feels pretty awesome. The fold also has
a much smaller profile than the Flexpai. The Royale Flexpai seen here in it’s very well-loved
condition. It has a much larger footprint than the Galaxy Fold when it’s opened, as
well as when it’s closed. As a matter of fact, the closed Flexpai is as big as the Galaxy
Fold is when it’s open, and both of them have some very strong magnets inside. So as far
as, you know, form factor goes when talking about phones, I think the Galaxy Fold comes
out on top. It’s smaller design makes it seem more like a phone, and the Flexpai is more
of a folding tablet. The Galaxy Fold has a fully functional front
display and can control the whole phone from here. I can activate the front facing camera
and then fold open the phone to switch to the internal screen and smoothly switch to
the internal front facing camera all at the same time. This thing has 6 total cameras
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 clicks shut. And then I
can go back to using that front screen like a normal phone if I want. It’s time to start
seeing what this Fold is made of. My Mohs hardness picks can numerically tell
the difference between different minerals and materials. Plastic scratches at a level
3. Glass scratches at a level 5 or 6. And sapphire would scratch at a level 8 or 9.
This front display is 4.6 inches with a 720p resolution, and starts scratching at level
6 with deeper grooves at a level 7. Pretty normal for a smartphone, even though this
phone is anything but normal. Let’s mosey on in to the inner display. This thing is much larger at 7.3 inches. With
all of Samsung’s warnings about the inner display and the previous recall due to display
fragility, we kind of knew this was coming. But still, seeing scratches at a level 2,
with deeper grooves at a level 3 kind of just hurts a little. The Galaxy Fold has a screen
hardness comparable to Play Doh, soggy bread, or a $2,000 stick of chewing gum. Even my
fingernail could do considerable damage to the screen. Granted, we knew the display would
need to be made from soft plastic since glass doesn’t bend too well, but it’s still unfortunate
that there’s no way to safely add a screen protector. You might be asking yourself, ‘But what happens
if dirt or sand from my pocket gets caught between the two halves of the phone when it
gets closed? Won’t that damage the screen?’ And most definitely if the grain of sand or
piece of dirt is big enough, it will definitely leave an indention on either side of the screen.
There is a small gap between the two halves so dust and dirt could slip out, but that
same gap could also allow for stuff to slip in. So if you get this phone it might be a
good idea to vacuum out your pockets every morning before you put on your pants. Samsung did say this phone is not dust resistant
whatsoever, and I believe them and you believe them. But I don’t think dust believes them
or is going to play by their rules. So let’s see what happens if you take this phone to
the beach. The phone closes alright. And there’s just enough of a gap between the two halves
to make this the world’s most expensive salt shaker. And somehow, from having dust on top
of the screen, there’s now sand permanently grinding inside of the phone hinge, which
is unfortunate. The screen has a few new minor nicks, scratches and divots, but it’s still
amazing how quickly the dust got inside the phone. I understand this was a lot of little
rocks, but still, the phone’s only been alive for about 5 minutes. I thought the newly added
hinge lips were supposed to help keep dust out. And they don’t seem to be working too
well. Samsung says they mimic the precision of watch
mechanics with a lot of little gears inside for smooth articulation. Those internal gears
definitely need more dust and dirt protection than what they have right now. We’ll get a
closer look at how the hinge works from the inside during the teardown. The frame of the Galaxy Fold is made from
metal, along with both the power button and volume rocker – both metal. At the top of
the phone we find a microphone hole and a loudspeaker grill. And right about here is
where we see the unfortunate gravity of soft displays. Did you catch that? Let’s rewind
a little and watch that again. While I’m rotating the phone, the tip of my
razor catches the raised lip around the edge of the dynamic AMOLED display and pops the
pixels like a marshmallow on a roasting stick, literally killing an entire line of pixels
across the screen on the Galaxy Fold. One wrong move, one little accident, and now the
whole top section of my phone is dead. Pixels, as well as touch sensitivity. The whole thing
has gone kind of hay-wire all from that one little prick. This would never happen inside
of 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 bend test yet. I’m not a huge fan of this new development. Let’s keep going anyway. The Galaxy Fold does
have a SIM card tray but no expandable memory. At least this tray has a rubber ring to keep
some dust out. If only the rest of the phone had this same feature. The bottom of the phone
has USB-C and no headphone jack. But since Samsung actually included a pair of wireless
headphones in the box, I’m pretty okay with it. The center articulated spine of the Galaxy
Fold is made from metal. It’s also interesting to note that Samsung has carved their logo
and inlayed little reflective letterings inside each of the little grooves. This usually looks
super cool for about the first year or so, and then the letters fall out. We’ve seen
it happen on some of the old school Nexus phones. The back panel is made from glass which is
good. It makes sense for a phone at a $2,000 price point to be made from glass. The raised
front lip around the edges of the inner screen is made from plastic. We call this lip Marquez’s
fault because it’s Marquez’s fault. If we make our way around to the back side
we get the triple camera lens set up and it’s covered with glass. The 16 megapixel wide-angle
camera up top, the 12 megapixel normal camera in the center, and the 12 megapixel telephoto
zoom camera on the bottom. Then over here on the front side of the closed
phone, the 10 megapixel exterior selfie camera is also protected by glass. Along with the
metal earpiece grill. Then flipping the phone open to the internal
cameras, the screen still doesn’t really want to function at the moment, we have another
10 megapixel selfie camera, and an 8 megapixel depth sensor for a total of 6 cameras in one
phone. Even though Samsung has a very strict rule against sticking screen protectors to
the screen, sticking things to the back is actually just fine. Shout out to dbrand’s latest limited edition
Robot Skin. It’s got a pretty awesome eye catching design that proves you can look awesome
on the outside, even if you are kind of 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 – not
turning on sometimes and not sensing touch other times. That little poke really did some
unfortunate damage. I don’t think the lighter is going to make things any better, but with
a semi-dead screen and a hinge that sounds like a pepper grinder, I don’t think we have
much left to lose. After about 7 seconds I could see the pixels
going white and starting to burn. But as soon as I pull the lighter away they completely
recovered. It’s interesting that the plastic on top of the screen s not bubbling or melting
like we saw on the flexible display watch or some of the other plastic screen devices
we’ve tested. I burn the screen again for about 10 more seconds and still no damage
to the plastic, just the interior pixels. Shutting the phone and flipping it around
to check the front screen, it lasted a bit longer at 15 seconds with the heat from my
lighter. Glass absorbs some of the heat before it reaches the pixels. Now you can bring up
that cool tidbit at parties. The screen does completely recover. Now for the bend test. In perfect factory
enclosed pristine conditions folded by robots, Samsung’s hinge is rated to over 200,000 folds
which means if the Fold gets folded an 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 spoonful
of dirt, it lasts about 20 folds before the hinge starts sounding like a crumpled up bag
of potato chips. But let’s say we were to accidentally-on-purpose bend the phone the
wrong direction, we already know that the Royale Flexpai survived for a while even after
the hinge broke. So let’s see what happens to the Galaxy Fold. Flipping the phone around to bend it backwards.
And I apply some force. Surprisingly, the hinge remains intact. This is kind of a huge
surprise. The last folding phone snapped backwards pretty easily and even the iPad Pro broke
easier than this. Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might have a few glaring weak points, but the articulating
hinge is definitely not one of them. The whole phone still folds in the correct direction,
but when folded back the wrong way, all I get is a gentle curve but no permanent damage.
The hinge is just as strong as Samsung’s normal nonfolding flagships. Pretty incredible. The
antenna line is cracking along the frame, but the hinge itself is still 100% functional.
And the device is still in one piece. This is a tough one. How should we categorize
the Galaxy fold? The structure of the phone is still intact. But the inner screen is basically
unusable from that accidental poke I made earlier. Should we say the Galaxy Fold passes
the durability test or failed? Let me know down in the comments. Personally, I think
when Samsung figures out how to seal the hinge from dust and find a way to allow screen protection,
this foldable phone format is gonna be a winner. Do you see yourself ever using a foldable
phone? Hit that subscribe button. I’ll be right here testing out Samsung’s next folding
phone as well. And don’t forget to check out dbrand’s Robot Skin with a link in the description. Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter,
and thanks a ton for watching. I’ll see you around.

100 comments

This phone reminds me of my ex-wife: so pretty when I first laid eyes on her, then after I bought and paid for her, she turned out to be full of nasty surprises!

So…. you're telling us that Edward Scissorhands, Sandman, and construction workers will not like using the Galaxy Fold? For that, I'm out.

When I started hearing the tiny rocks, when you opened and closed it made me cringe and wanted you to just snap that bitch of a phone.

“That proves that you could look awesome on the outside even if you are kind of dead on the inside” Well that’s Dark Zack 😂😭

Yeah the hinge is the reason that I think the Mate X will be more dust resistant. But I'm impressed how much they improved the Fold. Also until Corning can figure the whole glass bending thing, we can safely assume there won't be Fold 2 or Mate X 2.

I agree… Not that appealing right now but if they can somehow have glass at the 2 halves of the screen and a small line of plastic in the middle then I think that would do much better for screen protection. Also if they just find something to completely cover that hinge gap then it would definitely be one of the #1 phones worth buying… I feel like if they can hold off until they master those 2 things then they'll be much better off.. But if they keep releasing a weak product for so much money then people will lose interest by the time the perfected product is finished..

I feel like this phone was way too forced. If they took their time and actually wanted it to be perfect it could have released 2020 or 2021

yo jerry love your videos but please consider de-essing the audio :C sometimes your S's hit a certain frequency that pierces my eardrums. just a bit will do so it doesnt muffle the entire thing as well

If they want a foldable phone, they need to pot all the parts in silicone(or an equivalent) to the back of the screen.
There will be a little work making the parts able to slide past each other, if you want the smoothest transition.

Go ahead manufacturers…

I cant wait to see the next Samsung fold. It can only get better. I like that it looks like a remote control when closed. It wouldn't last long in the real world.👍🏻👍📱👨‍💻 it sucks bad and Samsung f#@ked up. Impressive that it didnt break when folding the wrong way

This is the first phone I've seen that can fold and its kind of amazing but it will have some weak points your regular mobile you put screen protectors on it and a shock case one wrong drop and smashed screen

Isso tem cara de aparelho vagabundo daqueles bem ralé, e a tela parece bem sensível parece mais um protótipo do que um versão final.

I hate that knife. Its the MOST dangerous knife design i've ever held in my hand.
Every time i close it, i wonder if it will cut me this time or next.

Can l please have your cigarette lighter to light my cigarette l misplaced mine,l live in New Orleans..and thanks for putting these phones through the test we are scared to do with our new phones

Glass can be flexible though. It can be VERY flexible. Ever seen those Glass Age videos that Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman did?

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