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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold smartphone release delayed • WSJ
Timothy W. Martin:
<p> Samsung Electronics is delaying the rollout of its Galaxy Fold smartphone until at least next month after some tech reviewers said their test devices had malfunctioned.

The Galaxy Fold, the industry’s first mainstream foldable-screen device, was slated to start selling in the US on Friday, with a price tag of nearly $2,000. But Samsung, citing the problems reported by reviewers, said Monday it plans to announce a new release date for the phone in the coming weeks.

“Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge,” the company said. “There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.”

The Wall Street Journal earlier reported Samsung’s plans to delay the phone’s release, with people familiar with the matter pointing to problems affecting the handset’s hinge and its main screen.</p>


Huawei's isn't due until the autumn. I don't think it's going to make a lot of noise about it. I highly recommend Joanna Stern's <a href="https://www.wsj.com/video/series/joanna-stern-personal-technology/this-was-supposed-to-be-a-samsung-galaxy-fold-video-review/0208CCB5-1915-4ACC-B389-75631AE6EF32">video non-review of the Fold</a>.
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18 hours ago by charlesarthur
Samsung Galaxy Fold review: broken dream • The Verge
Dieter Bohn:
<p>On an objective basis, using the same standards we apply to any smartphone, the screen on the Galaxy Fold is bad. And that is wild to say because, again, subjectively, I deeply enjoy using it.

The biggest issue everybody wants to know about is the crease. There’s just no pretending that it isn’t there or that you don’t see it or feel it when you run your finger across it. Especially when you’re looking at it from an angle, it’s just a really obvious line through the middle of the screen. What’s worse, it’s a really obvious line that has two different color temperatures on either side of it when you look at it from an angle.

But when you start using the Fold, it tends to disappear. I stopped seeing it; it is actually difficult to spot when you’re looking at the Fold straight-on, which means that my subjective experience is just that it’s a great little 7-inch tablet. The screen is just slightly smaller than the iPad mini’s, but the Galaxy Fold has radically smaller bezels.

If that were the whole story, I’d tell you that the crease is a sort of modern version of the notch: a thing that is annoying but ultimately something you can get used to. I could tell you that it’s one of the things that is just going to happen on a folding phone, then move on to say that the colors are super vivid, the text is sharp, and it gets plenty bright.

But I can’t tell you that because the crease is just the start of this screen’s issues.</p>

Bohn basically assumes that Samsung is going to figure out why multiple review screens failed before it starts selling them to consumers but even so essentially says it's not worth buying. Samsung has postponed its launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai. Over to you, Huawei.
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2 days ago by charlesarthur
My Samsung Galaxy Fold screen broke after just a day - The Verge
Yikes
Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit. It’s just enough to slightly distort the screen, and I can feel it under my finger. There’s something pressing up against the screen at the hinge, right there in the crease. My best guess is that it’s a piece of debris, something harder than lint for sure. It’s possible that it’s something else, though, like the hinge itself on a defective unit pressing up on the screen.
It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.
Whatever happened, it certainly wasn’t because I have treated this phone badly. I’ve done normal phone stuff, like opening and closing the hinge and putting it in my pocket. We did stick a tiny piece of molding clay on the back of the phone yesterday to prop it up for a video shoot, which is something we do in every phone video shoot. So perhaps a tiny piece of that snuck into a gap on the back of the hinge and then around or through its cogs until it lodged in between the screen and the hinge. It’d be sort of like Charlie Chaplin getting caught in the gears in Modern Times.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Galaxy Fold Doesn't Fold So Good
Dieter Bohn’s review unit broke after just two days:
It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.
Seems like a widespread problem. Steve Kovach’s unit broke after one day, and so did Mark Gurman’s. Gurman says it comes with a screen protector that he peeled off but apparently wasn’t supposed to. Looks like the sort of thing you’re supposed to peel off.
Marques Brownlee peeled his off too and the screen broke. Now I’m starting to wonder if anyone’s review unit has not broken.
The Galaxy Fold didn’t look like a real product when Samsung announced it, and it looks less like a real product now that it’s in reviewers’ hands. This thing is supposed to ship in a week, starting at $1,980. I’ll go out on a limb and predict that’s not going to happen.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Samsung Galaxy Fold is the Homer Simpson car – UX Collective
Foldable computing devices and phones may have a bright future, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold is not it.
When I first saw the Samsung Galaxy Fold, I was immediately reminded of the Homer Simpson Car. I show this clip to all of my human-computer interaction and user-centered design classes, because it’s a great way to show people the perils of letting users design your products.
One of the things that makes the Homer Simpson Car clip so interesting is that Homer has real desires in a car that are perfectly reasonable. As designers our job is to figure out people’s problems and desires and translate those into great products.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Has the Samsung Galaxy Fold already failed? | iMore
Four out of several dozen Galaxy Fold review units have experienced screen failures and for up to three different reasons. What does that mean for Samsung and for customers?
Right now. Right this very minute, there are only a dozen or several Samsung Galaxy Folds in the wild, and all of them in the hands of reviewers. Of that very small number, four of them have already failed. Or, at least, the screens have.
Two of the Galaxy Folds, the ones in the possession of Marques Brownlee of MKBHD fame and Mark Gurman of Bloomberg were apparently the result of, or may simply have been compounded by, removing a polymer protective film that shouldn't have been removed.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Bendgate 2.0: Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone is already breaking [Update] | Ars Technica
Samsung's fancy folding OLED panels are dying after just a few days.
Samsung's futuristic Galaxy Fold is launching this month, and the device has already made its way to a select group of reviewers and influencers. During the run-up to the device's launch, there were concerns about the durability of the folding display, and now after just a few days with the public, the device is already experiencing problems. There are numerous reports of Samsung's $2,000 device breaking after a single day, sometimes due to poor durability, other times due to user error.
First up, we have a report from Dieter Bohn at The Verge, who had a piece of debris get under the Galaxy Fold display (possibly through the hinge?) and press up against the back of the display. In addition to causing an unsightly bump in the OLED panel, it eventually pressed against the display enough to break it, killing a few horizontal and vertical rows of pixels.
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4 days ago by rgl7194
Some Samsung Galaxy Folds Are Already Having Problems
“There’s something pressing up against the screen at the hinge, right there in the crease,” // as someone said, at least it didn't burst into flames
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5 days ago by yorksranter
Samsung Galaxy Fold screen breaking and flickering for some reviewers • CNBC
Todd Haselton:
<p>Samsung’s $1,980 Galaxy Fold phone is breaking for some users after a day or two of use. A review unit given to CNBC by Samsung is also completely unusable after just two days of use.

The phone has only been given to gadget reviewers, but some of the screens appear to be disconnecting and permanently flashing on or off.

The Verge’s Dieter Bohn posted earlier on Wednesday that his phone appears to have a defective hinge with a “small bulge” that he can feel that’s causing the screen to “slightly distort.” Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman says his “review unit is completely broken just two days in,” but noted he accidentally removed a protective film on the screen.

YouTube tech reviewer Marques Brownlee also removed the film and experienced a broken display. A Samsung spokesperson had warned on Wednesday not to remove the protective layer.

However, CNBC didn’t remove that layer, and our screen is now also failing to work properly.</p>


It seems to have a <em>really</em> high failure rate among reviewers. A $2,000 phone that doesn't last a week? This is going to be a Note 7 fiasco if this is repeated among buyers.
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5 days ago by charlesarthur
Samsung Galaxy Fold hands-on: 10 minutes with this futuristic beauty • SamMobile
"Martin R:
<p>the magic starts when you unfold the Fold, and the first thing I noticed is how the thing suddenly snaps open. That’s the hinge in the middle of the screen doing its job; the hinge on the unit I played with had some wiggle to it, but Samsung assured me this would not be the case on the final product. And once unfolded, the device fit very well in my (rather large) hands and I never felt like I’d drop it. One thing I don’t like is how the Fold has a square form factor like the iPad, as you’ll see those hideous black bars when you watch videos. The bezels, however, are minimal, except for the part around the cameras, although I think that will be a non-issue after a few days of regular use.

And now, about that elephant in the room: the folding screen and the crease in the middle that has been talked about in recent weeks. Well, the crease was certainly there on the demo unit, but it’s barely noticeable when you look at the Fold from the front. However, you won’t be able to unsee the crease once you look at the device from an angle when the screen is off. Samsung said this crease would be less noticeable on the final product, and I certainly hope that’s the case.

Something that struck me is how, glassy the screen felt. The Galaxy Fold uses a plastic display, but there’s some kind of coating on top that makes it feel like glass, and I loved that. Also impressive is how the Fold’s display opens to a full 180 degrees. I was worried that would be hard because of the book-like implementation of Samsung’s foldable device, just like an actual book can start to tear in the middle if you try to make the two sides of the book lay completely flat. But there’s no such problem on the Fold, and it feels almost magical to use.</p>


Let's come back in nine months or so and find out how people are using it.
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7 days ago by charlesarthur
Want a Foldable Phone? Hold Out for Real Glass | WIRED
“In a display application, you’re putting transistors on the glass. Transistors hate salt: Sodium, potassium, anything from the salt family will eat away a transistor,” Bayne says. “For this family of glasses to work, you have to have these components in the glass that are incompatible with transistors.”

Corning’s ultrathin, bendable glass attempts to square that circle but hasn’t quite yet.
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5 weeks ago by yorksranter
Want a foldable phone? Hold out for real glass • WIRED
Brian Barrett:
<p>Corning is combining its experience with Willow glass, which can roll up like a sheet of paper, and Gorilla Glass, which gets its strength from an ion-exchange process. In fact, it’s that process that makes Willow Glass unsuitable for phones. It involves dipping glass into a molten salt solution, where potassium ions enter and push out smaller sodium ions, creating a “compressive stress layer.” To borrow an example from Corning, think of what would happen if you replaced the billiard balls in a rack with tennis balls, which are slightly larger. The additional compression would make it much harder to roll the rack. In a sense, it’s stronger. But it also comes at a cost.

“In a display application, you’re putting transistors on the glass. Transistors hate salt: Sodium, potassium, anything from the salt family will eat away a transistor,” Bayne says. “For this family of glasses to work, you have to have these components in the glass that are incompatible with transistors.”

Corning’s ultrathin, bendable glass attempts to square that circle but hasn’t quite yet. “We have glasses we’ve sampled to customers, and they’re functional, but they’re not quite meeting all the requirements,” Bayne says. “People either want better performance against a drop event or a tighter bend radius. We can give them one or the other; the key is to give them both.”

Bayne expects foldable glass to be ready by the time foldable smartphones go mainstream, say a couple of years. Mauro thinks Corning and competitors like Japan’s AGC may be even closer than that. But the important thing for you to know is that it’s not here now.</p>
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6 weeks ago by charlesarthur
What Folding Phones Say About State of SmartPhones – On my Om
Over the past few weeks, the world has been talking about folding smartphones. Bigger screens, thicker devices, and $2,000 price tags have not deterred the excitement around these new devices. There are some skeptics, but they are largely drowned out by enthusiasm like that found in The Verge, which already wonders if we will someday “talk of single-sided smartphones in the same nostalgic way we now speak of devices with external antennas, monochrome screens, and fixed-focus lenses.”
As it happens, nostalgia is exactly what I felt when I saw this new generation of smartphones. I was reminded of the first folding device that got me excited about mobile computing: the Blackberry Pager with a full chiclet keyboard and flip-out screen. Then there was Windows CE-powered HP Jornada, which I also loved.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Samsung Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X — Are foldables the future? | iMore
For now, though, this looks like a Samsung vs. Huawei battle, but only for now...
Samsung has shown off the Galaxy Fold. Hawaii the Mate X. Oppo... another Mate X? That Xiami tease. LG… whatever the hell this is. And, never mind the Royole FlexPai. Just, flashy thing me already. It's foldapalooza 2019, but is any of it any good — and which of it the best? At least for now?
Everything fold...
Confession: I love this. The heady days when nerdy new gadget types are still so nerdy and new they squeak when you turn them on too fast. No one really knows what they're doing yet and everyone, almost, is just experimenting and trying to figure things out.
See, Apple never participates in this part. They prototype the stuffing out of stuff internally, of course, but otherwise they prefer to sit back, watch, and learn from how everyone interacts with everything that hits the market. That's how they figure out the big problems that still need solving and the ways, hopefully, they can make a difference.
And I love watching too. There were 10 years of smartphones before iPhone. Candybars with keyboards, Flippers, Sliders. Side kickers and tilters. Each beautiful and terrible in its own way.
Same with ten years of tablet PC before iPad and five years of smart watches before Apple Watch.
After Apple, most vendors seem to treat them like reference designs and coalesce around a few mainstream ideals. But in the early days, everything is on the table.
Look no further than the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X. Or, as my friend and colleague from Android Central calls them, the innie and the outie. TM, of course.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Apple has been working on folding iPhones for some time | Computerworld
Apple first began filing patents for folding smartphones in 2014
The appearance of Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X has generated a lot of excitement around folding smartphones, but what if I were to tell you that Apple is quietly working on them too?
How advanced are its plans?
Apple has been developing technologies that could be deployed inside a folding iPhone since at least 2014, when the first patents for such a device appeared in Europe. More Apple patents appeared in 2016 and 2017.
With a nod to the need to innovated display tech, a report that claimed LG was actively working with Apple and four other major tech firms (including Google and Microsoft) on the development of folding smartphones appeared in December 2016. This claimed the first such devices would reach market in 2017, which didn’t happen.
Of course, there’s a big difference between a patent application and a shipping product, but it is interesting how Apple’s patents seem to depict a flip phone with a hinged middle – a sort of iPhone-meets-RAZR-meets-Star Trek Communicator combo.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Vlad Savov actually held a folding phone - Six Colors
Up until now they’ve been like Nigel Tufnel’s guitar—you can’t touch it and maybe you shouldn’t even look at it. But after a coming-out party at Mobile World Congress today, the foldable phone has been touched by members of the press. The Verge’s Vlad Savov got his hands on the Huawei Mate X:
The hands-on experience with this device confirmed and deepened all the feelings I had about it already: it’s a polished, refined physical design that gets us closest to the ideal of a foldable with minimal compromises. There are still huge questions about what the software UX will be like, how durable and scratch-resistant that wraparound display will be over the long term, and how long the battery will last if you use this 5G tablet to its fullest.
As Savov indicates, there are a lot of questions about this product category. Once these products ship, we’ll start to get answers. Is Huawei’s screen-on-outside approach superior to Samsung’s approach, which places a separate screen on the outside and the foldable screen on the inside? How should the hinges feel? How scratchable is the plastic screen? What design feels best in the hand? What’s more important, folded-out mode or folded-in mode?
Myke Hurley and I discussed a lot of this on today’s episode of Upgrade. And I made the point that we don’t really know if a large group of consumers are demanding a foldable phone—these products exist because we can make foldable OLED displays, but it doesn’t necessarily follow that we must make them. We may not know where the successful ecological niches are for products like this for some time yet. And of course, as always, there’s Apple—which has been experimenting with foldable-device designs internally for years, but has shown no sign of being convinced it’s hit on a product good enough to sell to the public.
The early, awkward phase of new technology is always fun to watch. In a year or two we will look back on these initial designs and groan at the awfulness of them, but right at this moment they’re like science fiction turned into reality. The only way to find out where this is all going is to keep watching.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
LG’s V50 answers the foldable phone craze with a detachable second screen | Ars Technica
What would you do with two 6-inch OLED displays?
Mobile World Congress looks to be all about funky form factors this year, and following the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, LG is (sort of) tossing its hat into the foldable smartphone ring. LG's newest flagship, the (deep breath) "LG V50 ThinQ 5G," is not a foldable smartphone, but it does have an optional case with a whole second screen on it. With two near-identical phone displays next to each other, you can get a lot of the split-screen functionality of a foldable smartphone. There are even some interesting new use cases LG has dreamed up.
On the surface, the LG V50 is mostly a bog-standard 2019 smartphone. You're getting a 6.4-inch 3120×1440 notched display, a Snapdragon 855 SoC, 6GB of RAM, 128GB of storage, three rear cameras, two front cameras, and a 4000mAh battery. There's a microSD card, an increasingly-rare headphone jack, and a USB-C port. The one thing that makes it stand out from the pack is that this is a 5G phone, with mmWave capability brought to you by the Snapdragon X50 modem. Note that this is not necessarily a good thing, as this first-generation 5G hardware greatly complicates smartphone design.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194
Move over Samsung, Huawei’s foldable smartphone is an absolute stunner | Ars Technica
A single 8-inch wraparound display offers an alternative to the Galaxy Fold.
Hot on the heels of the announcement of Samsung's first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, Huawei is taking a swing at the form factor with the Huawei Mate X. Huawei is taking a totally different approach compared to Samsung—its putting the display on the outside of the phone instead of on the inside, and this comes with a number of pros and cons.
But first, the specs. The Mate X has a massive 8-inch 2480×2200 OLED display that wraps around the phone body. When open, that's a bigger screen than the Galaxy Fold, which is only 7.3-inches. When closed, the Mate X's 8-inch display splits into a 6.6-inch, 2480×1148 display section on the front, and a 6.38-inch, 2480×892 section on the back. You can take your pick of front or back screen—the both dwarf the 4.6-inch, ridiculously-bezeled display on the front of the Galaxy Fold.
The lopsidedness of Huawei's folded displays are due to a vertical camera bar that runs along the back of the phone. This houses three cameras—a 40 MP main camera, a 16 MP wide-angle lens, and an 8 MP telephoto—an LED flash, and a power button. It's also the only section of the phone that is 11mm thick, which gives you both a place to hold the device, and provides room for bigger components like the USB-C port on the bottom and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner. There is still no room for a headphone jack, though.
For internals you're getting all sorts of Huawei parts. A Huawei Kirin 980 SoC powers the device, along with 8GB of RAM, and 512GB of storage. 5G support is non-optional, provided by Huawei's new "Balong 5000" modem. Huawei is even pushing its own memory card format for expanding the memory. Instead of the standard MicroSD card, the Mate X support's Huawei's "Nano Memory" (NM) Cards, a proprietary card format that matches the dimensions of a nano SIM card. The idea is that Huawei can make a dual SIM tray, and the second card spot can be used for a SIM or memory card. Other phones already have a combo MicroSD and second SIM tray, but Hauwei says its Nano cards are 45 percent smaller than an SD card.
There's a battery in each half of the phone, and together they add up to 4500mAh. The Mate X will do an incredible 55W quick charge with the included charger, which blasts out of the realm of smartphones and is a straight up laptop-charging scheme. Huawei says the phone can go from 0 to 85 percent in 30 minutes, and we believe it.
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7 weeks ago by rgl7194

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