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Welp, the updated Samsung Galaxy Fold's display is already damaged

This isn't a good look for Samsung, which will re-launch the Galaxy Fold tomorrow in the U.S.

Published onSeptember 26, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold review the butterfly

Even though the re-engineered Samsung Galaxy Fold supposedly features design improvements over the original iteration, TechCrunch reported today its review unit’s display is already damaged.

According to hardware editor Brian Heater, he pulled out his Galaxy Fold from his pocket and found a colorful blob in the middle of the display. It’s not a sprawling blob, but Heater noted he’s only had the Galaxy Fold for 27 hours.

Heater also said he didn’t drop the phone on concrete, dunk the phone in water, or stepped on the phone. As a result, he believes pressing the display to close the device was enough to cause the colorful blob to appear.

According to Heater, Samsung now has the damaged Galaxy Fold and will take it apart to see exactly what went wrong.

Also read: Samsung says Galaxy Fold requires a “special level of care”

We haven’t come across any issues with our review unit. However, this isn’t a great look for Samsung. The company postponed the Galaxy Fold’s launch earlier this year due to design flaws. These flaws led to several issues, including dust getting underneath the top layer and reviewers accidentally removing what was believed to be the screen protector.

In the months since, Samsung adjusted the Galaxy Fold’s design. Improvements include an extended protective top layer, additional reinforcements, protection caps, and additional metal layers underneath the display.

Even with the improvements, Samsung advises owners to handle the Galaxy Fold with a “special level of care.”