Samsung Galaxy Fold review units' screens are breaking

Bendy phones are breaking. Check out these horrific images of Samsung Galaxy Fold screens that no longer function.

Mark Gurman (Bloomberg)

Shacknews is pretty obsessed with these foldable smartphone devices that are hitting the market in 2019, and the Samsung Galaxy Fold is in the hands of influencers and tech reviewers right now. While we would normally be pretty jealous of the opportunity to review brand new tech, it seems that many of the chosen reviewers are expierencing horrifically bad screen failures just a few days into using the foldable smartphone device. It appears the first generation Samsung product might have shipped with some fatal design issues that are killing the screen. This is probably bad for a brand new product category, so let's take a look at some of the highlights of this unfolding technology disaster.

Marques Brownlee (MKBHD)'s Samsung Galaxy Fold review unit seems to have been damaged by human error, as he claims to have been picking at the film that coats the Fold's screen. This is not a screen protector, and he quickly lost all screen functionality on his smartphone. He's not alone with Fold problems, as The Verge's Dieter Bohn has reported that his Samsung Galaxy Fold had its screen break in one day. Bloomberg gadget reviewer Mark Gurman is also experiencing a broken screen on his review unit. 

But wait, there is more! Steve Kovach from CNBC also is experiencing catastrophic screen failure on his bendy phone. Once again, after just one day of use.

This is an unfortunate thing to happen to any technology company trying to launch an innovative product. Samsung, Huawei, and Royole are all trying to figure out this convertible tablet smartphone device, and we are seeing different takes on how the hinges and screens function. Samsung touted their hinge during the Galaxy Fold reveal event, and it appears to be the cause of these reviewers' issues. This is the price of being an early adopter, and the Samsung Galaxy Fold costs $1980. Samsung has begun the review unit replacement process for all journalists and influencers who experienced issues with their bendable screens. 

Hopefully this will be resolved and people can go back to debating if they should buy a bendy phone. For now, it seems prudent to let these reviewers and influencers suffer the early adopter tax.


Asif Khan is the CEO, EIC, and majority shareholder of Shacknews. He began his career in video game journalism as a freelancer in 2001 for Asif is a CPA and was formerly an investment adviser representative. After much success in his own personal investments, he retired from his day job in financial services and is currently focused on new private investments. His favorite PC game of all time is Duke Nukem 3D, and he is an unapologetic fan of most things Nintendo. Asif first frequented the Shack when it was sCary's Shugashack to find all things Quake. When he is not immersed in investments or gaming he is a purveyor of fine electronic music. Asif also has an irrational love of Cleveland sports.

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