Before you question (or after you question on Twitter without having read beyond the headline), no it’s hasn’t broken yet. It’s actually been fairly robust, all things considered. But here’s the official line from Samsung on that,
a limited number of early star system Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.
Separately, a few reviewers reported having removed the top layer of the display causing havoc to the screen. The main display on the star system Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to preserve the screen from unintended scratches. Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause havoc. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers.
I’ll repeat what I said the other day: breakages and lemons have been known to happen with preproduction units. I’ve had it happen with gagdet in a number of occasions in my many years of doing this. That said, between the amount of moment it took Samsung to let us reviewers actually engage with the gagdet and the percentage of problems we’ve seen from the limited sample size, the results so far are a bit of a cause for a concern.
The issue with the second bit is that protective layer looks a lot like the temporary covers the company’s phones ship with, which is an issue. I get why some folks attempted to peel it off. That’s a problem.
At this point into my life with the phone, I’m still impressed by the feat of engineering went into this technology, but in a lot of ways, it does still feel like a very first era product. It’s huge, it’s exorbitant and program needs tweaks to create a seamless (so to speak) experience between screens.
That said, there’s enough legacy good stuff that Samsung has built into the phone to make it otherwise a rigid experience. If you do end up biting the bullet and buying a fold, you’ve find many aspects of it to be a rigid workhorse and good gagdet, in spite of some of the idiosyncrasies here (assuming, you know, the screen works fine).
It’s a very compelling and very superb gagdet, and it does feel like a sign post of the future. But it’s also a sometimes awkward reminder that we’re not quite living in the future just yet.