iFixit has posted a detailed teardown of Samsung’s revised Galaxy Fold nearly six months after it was pressured into taking down its evaluation of the unique folding gadget. We already had a good suggestion of most of the issues Samsung has carried out to strengthen the Fold, however iFixit’s evaluation offers us a a lot better have a look at its inside adjustments.
One of the larger adjustments proven is the additional layer of steel that reinforces the telephone’s show. iFixit says it’s “like chainmail armor” that sits between the display screen and its backing plates. This is outwardly sufficient to make the show inflexible, even when it’s separated from the chassis. However, there are additionally smaller adjustments, like the truth that the telephone’s hinges at the moment are lined in tape as an additional safety towards particles, and there’s an “extra sticky strip of black tar goop” utilized to the again of the show to cease it from coming free.
There are additionally the adjustments we already knew about from trying on the exterior of the gadget. The gaps on the prime and backside of the display screen’s fold, for instance, at the moment are lined by small T-shaped plastic protectors mixed with a versatile gasket. The notorious “Advanced Polymer Protective Layer” — which appeared like a display screen protector however was really way more integral — now extends nearly to the sides of the display screen to make it a lot much less tempting to drag off.
“It looks like Samsung quietly made all the durability quick-fixes we suggested in our original Fold teardown!” iFixit proudly proclaims, however that doesn’t imply the gadget is ideal. iFixit nonetheless calls the telephone “alarmingly fragile,” and it’s unclear how properly the brand new units will maintain up in the true world. Overall, the restore specialist website awards the brand new telephone a 2 out of 10 rating for repairability, which is similar rating as the unique gadget.