Samsung's latest foldable mobile phone, the Galaxy Z Fold 4, has passed JerryRigEverything's torture test, which includes exposure to sharp objects like razor blades, lighters, and dirt. Fold 4, like Fold 3 and 2, made it through the test, albeit with many scratches and some burned-out pixels.
The real test of Fold 4 will be how well it ages. Samsung has made substantial advancements in the durability of its foldable product lines, including making them water resistant and incorporating strong screens and a more sturdy aluminum frame. Although Samsung has created videos this year and last to reassure customers of the reliability of its products, these do not reveal how the products would hold up after prolonged use.
Ah ok bottom half not doing so great either pic.twitter.com/6Y8MssXBdv
— Zoe Kleinman (@zsk) August 29, 2022
Users of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 and Fold 3 from last year said they had problems like cracked displays and prominent creases soon after buying the smartphones. However, some owners report problems with their foldable phones, even if they had no issues when they first bought them last year. British Broadcasting Corporation technology editor Zoe Kleinman tweeted that the crease in her Galaxy Z Flip 3 had cracked, rendering both the bottom and the top of the smartphone useless. Several Reddit users are in a similar position months after making a purchase.
Samsung had gone a long way since 2019, when the release of the first Galaxy Z Fold was considerably delayed due to a malfunctioning screen. Despite Samsung's claim that the Z Fold 4 is "unbelievable technology built to last," the Z Flip 4 is advertised as having "serious durability." While this may be true under controlled laboratory circumstances, it is sometimes more challenging to estimate the effects of everyday use and wear over time.
Samsung has reduced the price of screen repairs for the Galaxy Z Flip 4 and Fold 4 to $29, but only for those who sign up for Samsung's Care Plus program, which ranges in price from $8 per month to $11 per month, depending on the model. The Z Fold 4's inner screen replacement will cost $499 without the plan or $357 without warranty coverage. Repairing or replacing the Z Flip 4's internal screen would only set you back $219, compared to the Z Flip 3's $349. On the other hand, if you still have a first or second-generation Flip or Fold device that hasn't broken, you can get a new display for as little as $119.