The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be released on April 26th, but if you have been waiting for a long time under the hood, a pre-production version of the folding phone has already been disassembled and placed piece by piece in photos. These were originally hosted on the microblogging site Weibo, although the originals have since been removed.
That should come as no surprise: it takes many parts to build a foldable phone. They are all arranged in a way that seems hard to repair, though this is probably due to the fact that Fold is a first generation product that you may not guess when you hold the smooth look of the fold in your hand.
These photos are our clearest glimpse of the ambitious, flawed and very expensive phone. However, we expect that more detailed crashes will follow shortly.
The hinge is at the heart of the Fold, which helps the 7.3-inch flip-up screen unfold and remain secure. It looks pretty robust from the inside and we can see that it's being reinforced at three points to prevent it from collapsing in the event of a fall. Some of the photos above show two ribbon cables going through the hinge, presumably to control both the large folding screen and the smaller 4.6-inch front panel display, and may also power the second battery of the phone supply (yes, there are two). when it is on a charger. Speaking of batteries, one of them has the capacity of "TBD mAh", suggesting that this is probably a pre-productive unit.
Both cables that extend through the hinge are printed with "L" and "R", which could help explain the "jelly scrolling" effect of the display, which we noticed in our review when it turns out that the left and right halves of the display are sending different video signals, as shown in the above GIF text and images lying on the left side of the foldable display slightly behind the right side.
Before our report on the Fold was released, his flexible screen gave us some problems – to say the least, we were not the only ones who had problems with it after a few days fa Some waste will find its way into our test device. The photos do not necessarily show areas of particular weakness that could have allowed this. One of the photos shows the flexible display that has been removed from the case of the phone and there seems to be no parts to carry it. Since the documentation of the demolition has been removed from Weibo, it is not clear whether all too easily removable, yet important protective layer still applied or removed on this screen
These photos give an insight into the Galaxy Fold, but there are even more questions as answers. We do not know the teardown method, so it's difficult to know which components are responsible and how difficult it is to actually repair this phone.