Galaxy Fold Lasts 200,000 Folds, Samsung Says

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Paul Thurrott in Mobile, Android with 11 Comments

Trying to allay fears about the durability of its hybrid smartphone, Samsung says that the Galaxy Fold will last for at least five years of normal use.

“Given the smartphone’s design, a folding test was a pivotal part of the Galaxy Fold’s durability assessment,” a Samsung announcement explains. “This test, which examines whether the Galaxy Fold can outlast 200,000 folds and unfolds (or around five years of use, if used 100 times a day), takes a full week to complete. While the extent of the test may seem like overkill to some, Samsung viewed it as vital to ensuring the durability of device’s hinged design and Infinity Flex Display.”

I’m not sure anyone would call this test “overkill.” If anything, it seems like the minimum amount of testing that any credible company would undergo when releasing such an unusual new form factor. (Compare this, say, to how Apple’s secrecy prevented it from adequately testing the then-new iPhone 4 and the “Antennagate” attenuation issues that resulted.)

That said, there’s little reason to believe that Samsung’s folding test is the last word on this product’s quality and longevity. It will hopefully be at least a few years before we have any meaningful data on how well it works in the real world. And by then, Samsung will likely have revved the design a few times, regardless.

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Comments (11)

11 responses to “Galaxy Fold Lasts 200,000 Folds, Samsung Says”

  1. BrianEricFord

    Yeah. Folding a bunch of times in perfect lab conditions is pretty much the bare minimum. What about having someone sitting on one in their back pocket on a hard chair all day several days in a row? What about drops that land on the hinge from various heights? What about folds that involve a piece of random something or other between the screens or pressure on the hinge with that something or other lodged between the screens up against the Fold?

    • prjman

      In reply to BrianEricFord: This. What about actual aging of the screen over the course of years? What about exposure to weather conditions while being folded? Cold? Hot? Dry? Humid? What about exposure to sunlight over time?

  2. Daekar

    Looks like due diligence to me, glad to see it. The proof will be in the pudding, but it's good to see they're doing the things they should.

  3. CaedenV

    That is how many folds until failure... I wonder how many folds until this beautiful expensive device starts to look like an old book with a work out spine.

  4. Pierre Masse

    Don't worry. The only foldable thing that will break is your wallet.

  5. glenn8878

    This is only the start. Try opening and closing it when one side isn't supported or at an odd angle, or sand or dirt is poured on it. That's why you hear of failures immediately after a person buys it in real world conditions. Samsung's battery failures comes to mind.

  6. Craig.

    I thought they said how many folds it was tested for at the launch event... Something new here or just a video of it?

  7. mmcewan

    Finally, a phone that can be recycled as door hinges ;)

  8. red.radar

    nothing has happened yet and we already have fold gate. I guess we are going to make up a crisis for a phone no one can buy yet....

  9. hoomgar

    I'm guessing 200,000 folds is probably being extremely generous.  I see this design having major screen issues almost right out of the gate.  This is a second or third gen buy for tech like this.  I don't want to be the lab rat.

  10. zorb56

    To me that number doesn't sound like a lot...