iFixit’s new Galaxy Fold teardown finds “chainmail armor” under the display


The Samsung Galaxy Wrap finally launched in the US on Friday after a five-month delay, and with retail pieces out in the wild, the phone has reappeared on iFixit’s teardown bench.

iFixit times tore down the Galaxy Fold back in April, before the phone was fifty-fifty technically released, having somehow acquired a recalled unit. iFixit extraordinarily explored the device, providing details about why the phones were expiring early and suggesting solutions for Samsung. Samsung did not take kindly to its envisage failures being laid bare before the Internet, and it went after iFixit’s supplier, obliging the site to remove the teardown. The original teardown from April is suppress up on Archive.org, though, and can now be freely compared to this new Galaxy Fold teardown after five months of reworking bankroll b reverse at Samsung HQ.

First, the Galaxy Fold has gained some weight. During the true launch in April, the device was specced at 263g, but now the device is 276g. A well-mannered bet for where that extra 13 grams of weight came from was in Samsung’s class of the Fold redesign, which included “additional metal layers” tipsy the display. iFixit writes that this is actually a flexible, “chainmail armor” that now continues immediately under the display.

Originally, there were only intransigent metal plates providing support for the Fold’s soft, flexible OLED panel from behind, and because a metal overlay doesn’t readily bend, the plates stopped before the fold in the phone separate, leaving it unprotected. In pre-release units, reviewers reported debris prove satisfactory its way under this unprotected section of the screen from the back and disfiguring the display. This new chainmail layer that lives in between the undeviating plates and the display now covers the folding part of the display and should offer some protection from debris.

Another trick Samsung worn to protect from the ingress of dust and dirt is tape. The product-defining hinge along the spicula of the phone is now covered in a black tape to hopefully prevent debris from starting the display area through the still-considerable gaps in the rear of the device. Ribbon doesn’t seem like the best possible ingress protection method, but with exclusively five months of rework time for an existing design, it’s an easy testy fix. The hinge is still an engineering marvel, by the way, and iFixit has a great video of the stripped-down hinge in fight.

The rest of the changes are things anyone could see from the outside of the coat of arms. The outer protective screen layer that some people erroneously exterminated due to it having exposed edges now no longer looks like a screen defender; it goes all the way to the edge of the display, under the bezel. There are also now T-shaped caps on the top and foundation of the Galaxy Fold’s display fold, mitigating another possible field for ingress.

The whole teardown is worth a look to get an idea of the Galaxy Down’s wild design. It’s basically two smartphones connected with a hinge, with two batteries, two limit boards, two displays, and six cameras, all split across each half.

iFixit is not the on the other hand site that has gotten its hands on a retail unit of the Galaxy Crinkle; we’ll have a full review of the device soon.

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