iFixit removes its Galaxy Fold teardown at Samsung’s request
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is one of Samsung’s most ambitious smartphones, perhaps even more ambitious than the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. While the Note Edge was successful enough for Samsung to begin equipping its successive flagships with edge displays, the Fold is off to a rocky start despite glowing initial reviews. Reviewers have had their units break, which forced Samsung to delay the global release of the device while it ascertains the issues that plague the $2,000 smartphone.
The Galaxy Fold drama is getting weirder, as the latest news comes from the teardown gurus at iFixit. In typical iFixit fashion, the website posted a detailed teardown of Samsung’s first foldable device, noting the various innovations as well as flaws that went inside this piece of technology. The analysis from the teardown went on to support iFixit’s initial suspicions on how the Fold had insufficient protection from debris that could damage the screen.
As it turns out, iFixit has had to remove their teardown. The Galaxy Fold unit used in the teardown was provided to iFixit by a partner, who in-turn was requested by Samsung to pull down the article.
“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.”
It is unclear why Samsung chose to make this request. It could be that the partner was not authorized to share the device, which would then mean that Samsung could have sued the partner for breaking contractual obligations, and a pulldown could be damage control of this situation. It could also be that Samsung wishes to hide information made public through that teardown while it investigates the reasons for the device’s failure. However, if this is the case, the request has had the opposite effect as it has invited much more attention to the teardown, and copies of the teardown can be easily accessed if you are interested.