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Galaxy Fold spotted in hands-on video complete with screen crease

Check out the display on that crease.

Published onMarch 19, 2019

A leaked video supposedly showing the Samsung Galaxy Fold on a table, face-up, with a visible crease in the middle of the screen.

A new hands-on video of the Galaxy Fold has emerged on YouTube (via SamMobile). The footage arrives from a channel called phoneoftime, and it supposedly shows off an AT&T model of the device, and its unmissable display crease.

The video apparently originates from Vietnam (home to one of Samsung’s major production hubs), showing a person booting up the phone and using it in its folded and unfolded forms. The uploader is apparently promoting their unlocking services at the same time.

The Galaxy Fold, which is set for release next month, appears to be responsive, but the crease along its central folding line — which is visible with the device unfolded (as in the image above) — may cause some concern.

Now, the Galaxy Fold in the video may not be a final production unit, and it may not be a new model (it might not even be the Galaxy Fold at all, though the footage is very convincing). What we see above may not represent an unfinished article and the consumer device may hold no such imperfection — the Galaxy Fold Samsung recently showed off on stage didn’t seem to have this problem.

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If a dent in the screen is present after being used for a short time, though, this may harm the overall experience significantly. Those willing to spend the $2,000 Galaxy Fold are likely keen on the prospect of wielding that large, inward-facing display, perhaps for gaming, video-calling, or watching movies. Doing so with an ever-present gash across the content might leave them feeling short-changed. There are already fears about the display’s long-term durability.

There’s a month to go before the Galaxy Fold is released in the U.S. on April 26 and we still have much to learn about it; we’ll have more coverage on it closer to that date. In the meantime, give us your thoughts on how the phone is shaping up in the comments.

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