Despite initial optimism for its release, the Samsung Galaxy Fold turned out to have design flaws which couldn’t be ignored. Samsung were forced to delay the global release of the phone after reviewers experienced many screen-related issues; including fragility and small bodies being wedged underneath it.
iFixit took matters into their own hands and posted a detailed teardown of the phone, which points out all major design flaws. Their analysis confirmed that the Fold’s screen doesn’t include sufficient protection against debris.
Samsung were less than pleased to find the article online, and requested iFixit take it down as a result. Out of courtesy, and apparently not legal reasons, iFixit complied and released this statement:
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.
Whilst the official post was taken down, you can still find copies floating around online, meaning Samsung will need to work a bit harder to hide their shame.