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Samsung’s folding test shows Galaxy Fold’s hinge is clickier than expected

In Samsung's video, we can see that the phone's hinge studders before fully opening.

Published onMarch 27, 2019

We’re now a month away from Galaxy Fold pre-orders, but there’s still so much we don’t know about the hybrid handset. Fortunately, Samsung just shared a video of its folding test, giving us a look at how the device should stand up to long-term use.

One worry with foldable phones is that the display will wear out after extended use. Samsung is trying to quiet those worries by releasing a video showcasing its efforts to make sure the device will survive in the real world.

In a blog post, Samsung writes that it has put the Galaxy Fold through a durability test that folds and unfolds the handset over 200,000 times. This test is supposed to simulate five years of unfolding and folding the device 100 times a day. Samsung states that this test takes a week to complete, but it’s worth the time spent as it proves that the hinge and Infinity Flex Display should last the entire time a customer owns the hybrid handset.

Interestingly, the hinge appears to stutter right before the Galaxy Fold fully opens. Especially apparent in some of the close-up shots of the mechanism, there’s a slight pop when the phone is five to 10 degrees away from completely unfolding.

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This isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Obviously, we don’t know why the hinge is clicking, but it might be a locking mechanism. With it in place, users will likely encounter some resistance when closing the foldable display. This soft lock should stop the Samsung Galaxy Fold from accidentally closing while being used in tablet mode.

Now that we’ve learned more about the Galaxy Fold, what do you think about the futuristic device? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

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