Join CNET this Thursday as we fold the Galaxy Fold 200,000 times in an effort to break Samsung's relaunched foldable phone.
The Galaxy Fold.Angela Lang/CNET
After a troublesome launched marred by 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. The phone still costs $1,980 and 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 like a tablet.
To test its durability, SquareTrade Inc., a San Francisco-based company that offers warranties for consumer electronics and appliances, that can fold Galaxy Fold repeatedly, thousands of times over. CNET will use SquareTrade's machine to test the durability of our own Galaxy Fold unit. Beginning Thursday, Oct. 3 at 12 p.m. PST, we will fold the phone 200,000 times consecutively to mimic the number times a user would open and close the Fold over five years' usage (Samsung estimates 40,000 opens and closes a year for the average user). We'll livestream the event here until 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.
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Note that this isn't a scientific test. An everyday user obviously wouldn't open and close their Fold for hours on end until it breaks. But we do want to see how much the Galaxy Fold can endure before it runs into trouble, and at what point we can visibly observe cracks or broken pixels on its screen. We'll have a fire extinguisher standing by, just in case something goes awry, too. Best of all, you can watch the whole thing go down online, so tune in this Thursday to see just how many folds it takes to get to the center of a Galaxy Fold mishap.