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How Orwellian: Samsung pressures iFixit to withdraw its Galaxy Fold teardown

Gone but not forgotten: iFixit's teardown of the Galaxy Fold is still viewable online (Image source: iFixit)
Gone but not forgotten: iFixit's teardown of the Galaxy Fold is still viewable online (Image source: iFixit)
Samsung PR is in overdrive. After delaying the public release of the Galaxy Fold following reports of numerous display issues, the company is now doing its best to shut down any negative press about the foldable smartphone.

In the latest chapter of the unravelling of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has pressured iFixit to take down its teardown that it published on Wednesday. The South Korean company has not released a supporting statement behind this decision, but iFixit shared the following:

We were provided our Galaxy Fold unit by a trusted partner. Samsung has requested, through that partner, that iFixit remove its teardown.

iFixit added that they were under no contractual or legal obligation to pull the article but did so "out of respect" for its partner. Either way, it does not look like iFixit will be receiving another review unit from Samsung or a third-party partner any time soon, as it said that it would have to purchase a device at retail. So, despite taking the article down, Samsung is still leaving iFixit out in the cold. Samsung, ever the purveyors of independent journalism.

Plugging one hole in a sinking ship never helps though, so it seems odd that Samsung has forced one company to pull an article amid endless other negative press. Thankfully, iFixit's teardown is still viewable online via Web Archive. According to the cached page, the teardown had been viewed over 100,000 times in 24 hours, which included highlights such as:

The lack of protection and fragility of the main display mean you'll almost certainly be replacing the screen before long—a pricey repair.

You can read the archived article here.

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Alex Alderson, 2019-04-26 (Update: 2019-04-26)
Alex Alderson
Alex Alderson - News Editor
I got my first smartphone aged 11, my first PC aged 12 and I have been tinkering with electronics ever since. I like to keep abreast of the latest news and technology, which inevitably leads me to switch my laptop and phone every few months. When I'm not writing for Notebookcheck, you will find me seeking out new coffee shops, bars and trying to find some hidden gems in record stores.