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Galaxy Fold: The Real Deal With Samsung Screen Compression, Notch and Air Gap

The whole reason is that Galaxy Times exists because of the screen. Unlike other phones where the screens are after the camera quality and battery life, Samsung has developed the whole phone around its half-display. The danger of folding phone design sucks all the oxygen in the room, after five early production Galaxy Fold review blocks there were serious problems. This is important, but it is also a Fold screen on a work model like my.

Before the Galaxy Fold screens collapsed, it was a plastic curl that moved underneath the Fold Center, which caused the most hands. How bad did it look? Will it get worse over time? Creasegate threatened to remove Fold and its ilk before folding phones really started.

Let's also remember the notch. The thick thumb cut, with two front cameras and two sensors, was inspired by Samsung's first demonstration of the Fold prototype at the end of February. The attackers were worried that it looked cheap and would be on their way.


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People also had words about the air gap, the small open space loop at the end of the Fold hinge, which is wider than the end of the screen halves.

With Fold every day for more than a week, I wanted to focus on three of your biggest problems and share what they really like. Let's start with folds.

Frizz is not as bad as it seems

The second one, when you open the phone, will notice a curl. It dips a little and catches the light. I noticed it most on white or black screens, but when you are immersed in something – film, article, game – the ring becomes much less. This is partly because you so carefully stop focusing on it, and partly because it is less visible as the pixels light up and change.

You can also feel a fold or, more precisely, hinge underneath when you drive with your finger down or across the screen. Turning to its presence, it is not the same as distortion that disturbs me or interferes with what I do. It has never happened to me, but I do not rule out the possibility that it might be a temptation in some specific scenarios.


You are trying to bend the phone without using a curl.

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Just remember this is because it is when the Times turns. I'm not sure how you would have a folding phone without a seam, at least not with the materials we now have. Can you imagine a glass folding piece in half and then expand? I can not.

Other folding models like Huawei Mate Xthat puts the folding screen on the outside of the device is the opposite – not the "fold" but the bulge. I compare it with the skin around the knee or elbow. The foldable screen is a joint.

Creams and bulges do not feel elegant or premium, but at this point they are inevitable. The only solution I could foresee is the futuristic material that rearranges the molecules by opening and closing the device.


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The air gap is associated with folds

Another thing Fold does not do well is close to flat. The tip closest to the hinge is the air gap, and so … the plastic screen itself is not completely stacked. Maybe it really causes a plastic fire.

I didn't think this gap made Fold too uncomfortable to put in a pocket or purse. It is almost wide enough to insert a credit card. When I put it on, one more, they kept the place, but mainly because Fold's magnetic edges kept it there. I couldn't slide in the pen. Bobby pin, maybe, but don't do it – you wouldn't want to scratch the plastic display.

Huawei is proud that its Mate X is sleek thanks to its Falcon hinge, but there is also smart engineering. Mate X is sideways and "asymmetric" screen lengths. It also provides you with a handle to hold the phone, but it is a design solution to place the battery, camera and other hard electronics in a non-movable part. However, this could be a good solution. We'll see you spend more than 5 minutes with this folding phone.

Okay, notch is a problem

Unlike other screen problems, I really think Samsung might have developed around the notch. It is thick, bulbous and takes up more space than necessary, as it only contains two camera lenses and two (stacked) sensors. Hold Fold to the light and you see many dead places on the right.

Watching videos and playing games turns the notch into the screen. You will not lose a decisive glance or moment because the activity takes place at the center of the display, not at the edges, but it really does not require the notch to be so large.


Oh, why do you have to be so big?

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The logic seems to be that Samsung wanted to center the cameras close to the folds without the need to fold the camera sensors against each other. I suspect that Samsung has expanded the border to the right as it looked less awkward than breaking it and leaving you with an unconcentrated island.

Again, Huawei gets around this Mate X by placing all the cameras in a stack of a portion of X that doesn't move.


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If you don't like the notch, Samsung has a good grace that allows you to set it black in the menu. This creates a thicker band at the top of the screen. When some applications, including YouTube, ignite, the screen that matches the draft is in any case leaving the thick bars at the top and bottom (because the app can't completely resize Fold). It stops to some extent the full-screen experience, which is, first of all, a big point.

The best thing to keep in mind is that this first wave of foldable phones is the foundation for a brand new device that will be much more complicated today than your phone in your pocket.

Fold can be faulty even if it works well, but Samsung and others can learn from fold mistakes to make a folding phone you really want.

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