iFixit pulls down Galaxy Fold teardown video at Samsung’s behest

Samsung Galaxy Fold

Samsung has been acting desperate in the wake of Galaxy Fold screen issues. The company recently delayed the launch of the smartphone in China as various reports from around the world came in regarding the issue with the screen. Samsung also decided to retrieve all the review units of the Galaxy Fold and has promised to change some features of the device–most likely the screen, and launch the device.

The latest development in this debacle is that iFixit has decided to honor a Samsung request to pull its Galaxy Fold teardown off the internet, although Samsung did not ask iFixit to do so directly.

Recently AT&T arbitrarily decided to email a potential ship date of the Galaxy Fold, despite the fact that Samsung has not revealed the new official release date yet. By asking IFixit to remove the Samsung Galaxy Fold teardown video, Samsung is potentially triggering the Streisand Effect, when it comes to people clamoring to witness the internals of the device.

Here is a part of iFixit’s statement on the matter:

We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove its teardown. We are under no obligation to remove our analysis, legal or otherwise. But out of respect for this partner, whom we consider an ally in making devices more repairable, we are choosing to withdraw our story until we can purchase a Galaxy Fold at retail.

One of the reasons behind Samsung taking this step could be the assumption that the company is reworking the Galaxy Fold and does not want a teardown of the device out there that it is not going to ship.

It could also be speculated that Samsung does not want the teardown that served as video evidence that there were noticeable and potentially avoidable mistakes in the Galaxy Fold’s design, especially how easy it was for dirt and grit to get inside the device.

Whatever is Samsung’s reasoning behind this, it is not looking very promising for the company in terms of its delivery of a foldable smartphone that is not as fragile as an egg.



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