Samsung Galaxy Z Flip4 scores a partial win for foldable device repairability in an online teardown
The Galaxy Z Flip4 suffered a somewhat mysterious injury during its stint as a JerryRigEverything durability test video subject. Therefore, it would be interesting to see if the OEM has made it any easier for a user to fix such damage themselves in this generation.
The famous smartphone stress-testing YouTuber was unable to discern an exact reason for the ominous popping noises made by the Z Flip4 in the course of its bend test. In addition, and in what was hopefully a freak accident, the device's front-facing camera came apart entirely during the teardown, exposing its holographic CMOS to the world.
Then again, the device did its fast-emerging category of hardware proud by keeping its main flexible OLED screen on even as it was being peeled off its frame. The Z Flip4's new gear-free hinge also emerged intact once the device was put back together - on the other hand, the smartphone's closing mechanism still seemed as broken as ever after this otherwise successful teardown and re-assembly.
Then again, the JerryRigEverything host neglected to find out if it is possible to remove and replace its dual batteries: slightly disappointing, especially as that might become one of the top reasons for taking a Z Flip4 apart in the future.
All in all, the video might be counted an overall victory for durability among foldables, consistent with that of the Z Flip3 about 11 months ago. Now, it only remains to see if the Moto Razr 2022 can swoop in to challenge its Samsung rival on this channel soon.