iFixit, who most will know for their tear downs and durability tests, today has removed their recent Galaxy Fold Teardown, and it turns out this was at Samsung’s request!
The move to make such a request, on one side of things is a surprise, but from another it’s pretty expected. Whilst the move does make Samsung look pretty vulnerable, what it’s most likely a reason for, is that the Galaxy Fold is to get a change in its build design before it hits the hands of any end users.
Whilst, we do expect that’s entirely the reason, it’s also a fair assessment to say, removing any bad press would be decent step in the right direction for Samsung, despite how cowardly, as, let’s not forget, that Teardown revealed a collection of design flaws, most likely which have caused numerous of the display issues that have emerged.
iFixIt did share a 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
In relation to the Teardown, it’s removed from the iFixIt website … but, this is the Internet, and of course it’s still available online, thanks to the Wayback machine, you can check the original Teardown of the Galaxy Fold right here.