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