CNET has started a live test as they fold the Samsung Galaxy Fold 200,000 times to see how well Samsung’s foldable phone will hold up over time.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold which was relaunched on Sept. 27 is being put to test by CNET who are using a machine to fold the gadget 200,000 times while broadcasting live to find out how well its cutting edge foldable screen will hold up over time.
After complaints of screen issues on preproduction review units, the Galaxy Fold was relaunched on Sept. 27 with key design changes and a more durable construction and still costs $1,980. It retains its one novel feature that first made headlines when Samsung teased the device way back in November of 2018 — a foldable screen that can bend, flex and open up into a tablet-sized screen.
Why did CNET decide to do a live test of the Samsung Galaxy Fold?
Consumers have shown a lot of interest in the device, but there’s legitimate concern about how well its cutting edge foldable screen will hold up over time.
What device is CNET using to test the Samsung Galaxy Fold?
To test its durability, SquareTrade Inc., a San Francisco-based company that offers warranties for consumer electronics and appliances, developed a machine that can fold Galaxy Fold repeatedly, thousands of times over. CNET is using SquareTrade’s machine to test the durability of a Galaxy Fold that we purchased for testing.
The plan for the test is to fold the phone 200,000 times consecutively to mimic the number times a user would open and close the Fold over five years’ usage.
The test livestreaming of the event started at approximately 10 a.m. PST on Oct. 4, which is about how long we estimate it’ll take for our test phone to hit the 200,000 number.
Gadget lovers from around the world are watching to see just how many folds it takes before the Galaxy Fold runs into trouble.
Watch the live stream test below.