Can a Folding Phone Bend Both Ways?! – Bend Test!

Have you ever thought to yourself 'I totally
wish my phone could fold in half'? If so, join the club. And if not, now all the wildest dreams you've
never had are coming true with the world's first foldable phone you can actually buy. It's called the FlexPai from a company called
Royole. It's literally the first phone with a foldable
screen that's commercially available. Yeah, Samsung did have one once upon a time,
but they still haven't gotten around to actually releasing the Galaxy Fold yet. So I'll believe it when I see it and can actually
buy one. Inside the box is whatever this is. And here is the FlexPai with some instructions
on how to fold and unfold the phone written on the outer covering. Honestly, I think it looks pretty cool. It feels solid and heavy. I held one of these for the first time at
CES this year. But obviously, since that was a demo unit
and not my own personal device, I wasn't going to try to see what happens when it's bent
both directions.

Today though, this one here is all mine, and
there's no one here to stop us. Let's get started. [Intro] Right out of the box there are some confidence
diminishing instructions that flash across the screen, like 'only charge the phone with
the device unfolded.' And then look here at this massive list of
instructions: don't drop it, keep the surface dry and clean, please avoid sharp or pointed
objects….uh huh, got it, sure thing. And right below that, it keeps going on to
say no screen protectors are allowed, and the phone can't be opened if the temperature
is below freezing. It also looks like the side of the phone is
super magnetic. This is going to be fun. Opening and closing the phone automatically
changes how the apps are displayed on the screen. Magnets are the thing that holds the phone
shut in the closed position with a very satisfyingly hard click. The magnets will definitely keep the phone
from flopping open on its own.

The hinge of the phone here in the center
is covered with a very dark blue rubberish material and held in place by a series of
hex screws. It takes up a good portion of the back panel
real estate. It looks like one of those wrinkly dogs, or
even a slinky that can be bent back and forth. Good luck slapping a dbrand skin on this one. When it does snap closed, it leaves just enough
room inside for a pencil to clip into the gap between the back halves. Might be a perfect spot for a future stylus…just
saying. The two back panels have a subtle shimmer
that we see on most smartphones these days – low key, and it doesn't really draw attention
to itself…well, besides the fact that it folds in half.

That's a minor detail of course. You can see how reflective and shiny the screen
is as well. The scratch test is going to be super interesting. The weird thing to me though is that the screen
is always going to be exposed on the outside of the phone โ€“ always. The whole thing is just there…vulnerable. The whole system functions like an Android
tablet, but then has the ability to fold closed to be the size of a phone. It also has memory enough to remember which
app was open on which side of the phone each time you flip it around. It also has a little center options bar in
the fold of the phone.

Honestly, it looks pretty slick. Yeah, the thing is a bit thick, but if it's
durable, I could totally see myself using one of these. Trying to think of logical reasons of why
I would actually ever need a foldable phone though. It would probably mostly be just watching
movies and YouTube since, you know, I spend a lot of time on YouTube. This Flexi-boy can watch videos in full screen
mode while the phone is folded. And it can also watch full screen videos in
the unfolded mode. Honestly, pretty darn cool. A company called Asurion did a study one time
and found that people check their phones on average about 80 times a day. And judging by the amount of people I see
texting and driving, I believe that number. Royole says on their website that this phone
is good for over 200,000 folds. So if we're unfolding this FlexPai 80 times
a day, under perfect conditions of course, this phone would last almost 7 whole years. That's pretty fantastic considering that the
Galaxy fold lasted about 7 whole days.

Remember this thing is available to buy right
now for a cool $1,300 dollars. Let's see what we get for that. Inside the box we get a SIM card removal tool
and a microfiber cloth, some USB-C braided headphones, and a USB-C power cable, and a
branded power brick. There's no case or screen protectors inside
the box. That's interesting. Now that we know everything is working properly,
let's start with the scratch test. Knowing what we know about the laws of physics,
it's pretty safe to say that the screen is not going to be made from glass, since glass
is glass and glass does not bend.

The surface of the FlexPai has to be made
from a flexible optically clear plastic. The hardness level of that plastic though
is up for debate. In this particular case we see that the level
2 pick leaves no marks on the screen. But the level 3 pick, as it's applied to the
surface of the flattened phone, starts leaving indented grooves all along the whole surface
of the display. This is why there were warnings when I first
turned on the phone.

The FlexPai gets permanently damaged at a
very soft Mohs level 3. This is the main reason having a screen on
the outside of the fold is a bad idea. When it's in your pocket, both sides of the
screen are rubbing up against the sides of your pocket. And again, when it's folded on a table, one
screen side will always be touching something hard. There is no safe zone. Watch as my fingernail can also damage the
screen permanently.

This thing is going to get pretty wrecked
with every day use โ€“ especially since screen protectors are not allowed. Samsung's implementation of having the screen
fold up inside the phone is hypothetically the better of the two methods since the closed
fold protects the plastic screen. But, you know, their phone also only lasted
a week. So you win some, and you lose some. Checking out the top of the FlexPai, moving
from the plastic layer up to the top panel, there's a definite ridge.

And that panel is made from glass. My razor is doing no damage to the surface
of that at least. The internal magnet is also pulling my razor
all over the place. Even holding up my pry tool with its own magical
magnetic strength. It's super strong. Probably because that hinge won't let the
phone stay closed without it. A little trick I learned from Marquez with
this magnet paper. We can see the large rectangular magnet right
dead center inside the glass panel. We can also see the two bottom loud speakers
in the center of each half. And over there in the bottom corner is the
vibration motor, also made from magnets.

There's another large rectangular magnet on
the other side of the phone that will keep things shut. Pretty darn cool. We'll take a look at the insides of the FlexPai
during the teardown…you know, if it survives the rest of this durability test. There is a dual tone LED flash alongside the
dual camera lenses. A 16 megapixel normal camera is paired up
with a 20 megapixel telephoto camera. No complaints here. Having multiple cameras that offer different
perspectives is really the way to go. That's one of the things I'm looking forward
to when I finally upgrade my personal Galaxy S8 Plus. With so many sides to analyze, this might
take a minute. The bottom right quadrant has a loudspeaker
grill. The bottom has the power button, volume up
button, fingerprint scanner, and the volume down button, in that exact order. The fingerprint scanner chilling here in the
middle is in a weird spot, but I'm not judging.

Even after scratching up the surface of the
scanner, it was still able to read and recognize my fingerprint nearly every single time. The bottom left quadrant has a whole lot of
nothing…except more metal. The hinge portion is where things start to
get interesting, and we'll talk more about this in a second. But Royole has literally trademarked the name
Cicada Wing as the name for this thing. True story: a cicada is a super gross bug,
and I have no idea why in the world they would choose that to brand their phone with. I give Apple a hard time about a lot of things,
but at least they don't name their phone parts after bugs. The rubber portion has little air pockets
in it to allow the flexing between the hinge segments.

The rubber wrinkles sit over the little voids
in the hinge…kind of like when Grandma pulls your cheek. It's all kinds of squishy. The top left quadrant has more metal, along
with a USB-C charging port and a SIM card tray. It's really nice of Royole to include an SD
card slot. Adding movies and media to the large screen
will be super easy. The top of the phone has more metal and a
few plastic antenna lines. Honestly, the more I see, the more I like. It's a really super fun phone. Checking the back panels where we would normally
see glass, this Flexi-boy has large plastic rectangles. The phone is heavy enough that initially I
thought the panels were made of glass, but it is not.

My razor blade's making short work of the
surface which is actually really good news for us because now I get to tell you more
about this vial little cicada bug that Royole is so proudly naming their phone after. No, I don't care about most bugs…they don't
bother me, I don't bother them. But cicadas are in a realm all of their own.

These cousins of crickets swarm out of ground
every 13 years. Then they shed their crunchy potato chip skin
like a snake, grow wings on either side of their body, and then cicadas make an incredibly
loud incessant noise by vibrating membranes on their abdomen. [Cicada sounds] That's more annoying than
any sound I've ever made. Then the cicadas go lay their eggs in tree
branches, which kills the branch, making it fall to the ground where the baby bugs can
crawl out into the ground and wait for another 13 years before they can pop out and start
the whole process all over again. This is a true story. The cicada wings are slightly separated from
one another like the folds of this phone, so I can kind of see why they're named after
each other. But still…gross. The bug should be burned. Nailed that transition. The 7.8 inch 1920 x 1440 flexible display
lasted about 5 seconds under the heat from my flame. The screen is so thin there's no insulating
layer over the pixels to absorb the heat like we see on glass phones.

The flame directly burns the pixels, literally
destroying them to the point of no return in 5 seconds. Makes me wonder if impacts or pressure points
might do the same to individual pixels, especially since if the folded phone accidentally drops,
no matter how it falls, it's going to hit the screen area. It'll be interesting to see how this phone
progresses into the wild as more people own it. Now it's time for the bend test. When bending from the front, we get a nice
uniform fold along the center of the device, with a satisfying click at the end as the
magnets latch together. The screen still rotates to face whatever
side is active at the moment. Opening the phone up, we see no permanent
kinks or cracks in the frame, thankfully, or this would be pretty awkward since that's
the way the phone's supposed to bend. Alright, here's a few more times now, and
you know, just from the front because I'm kind of legit nervous and I feel pretty bad
about what might happen next.

I've been curious if a tight pants pocket
might be able to collapse or crush the folded phone since it has the large gap in the frame. It's kind of just asking for trouble. With a full palm grip and 100% effort trying
to crush the phone single handedly โ€“ nothing happens. The hinge is intact and the phone is still
totally operational. The hardware is going to be uncrushable by
the pocket of your skinny jeans. My fingers do not hurt the pixels either,
so I'm glad for that. But what happens if the phone is laid flat
and grandma sits on it? Well, to be honest, it actually flexes quite
a bit in the wrong direction with no damage. Going from the flat 180 degrees all the way
to a 270 degree three-quarter circle before the hinge finally snapped in half, breaking
at two points. But the phone itself is still turned on and
functional, even after bending in the complete opposite and wrong direction. The FlexPai swings both ways. Even with that crack in the hinge, it still
folds shut normally. And then when bending back out the wrong direction
again, we can see how paper thin the display really is.

Royole is currently putting the same display
technology on t-shirts and hats for about $900 each. I do think we gotta be honest here for a second. This thing is lasting a lot longer than we
all thought it would. Look how tight this fold gets. Flexible screen technology is pretty amazing. I can literally bend this FlexPai any way
I want and it's still functioning. My mind is blown. I don't even really know what to do with myself
right now. This thing survived longer than the iPad Pro. Thumbs up for that.

Royole might have just single-handedly made
my bend test irrelevant with this invincible foldable display…well, until this happened
anyway. One wrong fold at an angle pinched the screen
in a way that finally cracked it right down the center. Apparently the display can only be folded
along one plane, which makes sense. The structure of the phone hinge got demolished
in the first bend, so there wasn't anything there to support the screen from behind. The large gentle curve of that hinge made
each folding movement easier on the screen. Even though we've seen the display can handle
much tighter creases, having that gentle fold I'm sure preserves longevity.

That one long crack along the center finally
did kill the touch sensitivity of the phone as well. But either way, the Royole FlexPai put up
a really good fight and I'm downright impressed. I'm a huge fan of this new flexible innovation. Even now in the beginning stages, where it's
not totally useful, I think that with normal use, the FlexPai will probably last for quite
a while. It almost even won this round. And even though the phone ended up dead, I
think we should have a moment of silence for the world's first foldable phone. [Cicada sounds] Do you see yourself using a foldable phone
in the future? Also, should we perform an autopsy on the
FlexPai to see the insides? Let me know down in the comments. Hit that subscribe button if you haven't already. Come hang out with me on Instagram and Twitter. Thanks a ton for watching. I'll see you around..

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Samsung Galaxy Fold Teardown! – How does it even work?

today we're going to take apart the galaxy fold this is the phone from samsung that opens up to show off a full internal display tucked inside the two halves since my inner screen was damaged during the durability test and is a bit finicky now my question is can i disassemble the phone and just keep one half of it as a functional device because technically there is that one screen that still works on the outside it should be an interesting little experiment let's get started so there are three surfaces to this phone the large square inner screen and then the two long rectangles that are located on the outside samsung phones are typically taken apart by removing the back glass and this galaxy fold appears to be no different with a bit of heat from my hika and a bit of fancy finessing from my razor blade along with the suction cup i can gently work my way around the back glass panel slicing through the adhesive it's a tad difficult since the glass is curved but not impossible after the majority of the adhesive is cut i can twist off the only piece of this phone that doesn't have a screen attached and pull it away from the phone there are no ribbons or anything sensitive attached to the underside of the glass we do get our first look at the wireless charging coil which i totally forgot this phone even had now we have two sides left i'm going to assume that this phone has more components under the smaller display so i'll grab my suction cup heat gun and razor blade and work my way around the glass once again taking special care not to put my razor blade too deep into the phone because if the screen gets poked from the underside it'll be dead the screens are very fragile as we learned from the folding screen inside of this phone after the adhesive is warmed up and cut away i can tilt the screen up and away from the hinge side folding it open allowing access to the thin ribbon cable plugged in underneath the black plastic cap once i unsnap that like a little lego the front screen and glass panel can be removed it's a super thin compact little design oled screens are as thin as they come it's the same style of screen we saw in the back of the nuvia x and now we know that samsung can do dual screens maybe they'll start adding front and rear screens to their other phones just because they can no complaints here there are 19 visible screws holding down the internal back plastics to the phone and three more screws hidden underneath the wireless charging flap after those are removed the wireless charging can be pulled away this has the circular wireless coils in the center along with what looks like nfc coils all of which can communicate through the gold contact pads that rest up against the motherboard now i can remove the black plastics from the right side the top section has a built-in loudspeaker along with a separate earpiece speaker kind of interesting that they are both right next to each other then we have a plain black piece of plastic that brackets around the battery and lastly we have the bottom plastics which contain the loudspeaker one cool thing about this little speaker just like we saw inside the iphone 11 pro are these little white foam dots that fill up the space inside of the speaker box the lightweight specs are added to the speaker housing to dampen the speaker as the speaker moves air inside of the speaker box has to pass through the foamy dots causing the air to scatter and act less dense which then allows the speaker to sound bigger than it actually is people have been adding foam to subwoofer boxes for years so it's interesting to see the same concept applied here on this subwoofer for ants someone should count these for us you might have noticed already that this phone has two batteries inside a smaller little guy off to the left and then a relatively proportional battery on the right side i'll unplug each of them just like little legos removing the battery is the same dangerous tedious process that it always is with samsung's even on this futuristic galaxy bold samsung still hasn't updated their battery adhesion practices with two pry tools gently leveraging up the battery i can finally remove it by hand but any accidental bins would either cause the battery to just slowly expand over the next several months or explode immediately it's a fun little game that keeps you on your toes i'll remove the extension ribbon over top of the smaller little battery and then commence the same gentle prying procedure while hoping nothing spontaneously combusts the small battery is a milliamp hour and the larger is a 2135 for a combined total of 4235 milliamp hours something i haven't noticed before is that both of the motherboards inside the galaxy fold kind of glimmer with a rainbow effect like a gasoline drip in a wet parking lot it must be some kind of treatment that they use while assembling the boards it looks super cool i really do think that sometimes the insides of cell phones look cooler than the outsides thumbs up to samsung for that one speaking of internals here's a close-up shot of the guts for those of you with a galaxy fold you can screenshot this crop it and make it a wallpaper back to business it's time to see how this hinge works and how it was able to withstand my bin test the sim card tray does have a rubber ring around the lip but there's definitely no ingress protection rating on this phone since dust can still very easily get inside at other points i'll remove the three large ribbon connectors on this half of the motherboard remember that this is also the half of the phone that the smaller rear screen plugs into there's one more phillips head screw holding the motherboard down and then i can lift up and unlatch the last little ribbon on the underside before pulling the motherboard free the shimmery motherboard comes out with the outer camera still connected it's a 10 megapixel camera with no optical image stabilization there's also a large magnet along the side and up in the corners this helps keep the phone closed but it's pretty well balanced without being too strong or noticeable i'll unsnap the two large motherboard extension ribbons from the other half of the phone along with the side button connector and i can pop out the two internal front-facing cameras remember there are six cameras in here these little guys are the 10 megapixel main camera along with its 8 megapixel depth sensing sidekick neither of which have optical image stabilization after popping off the two bottom signal wires the motherboard can start lifting away from inside the phone and once it's out we get our first glimpse of the copper cooling pad underneath the board the motherboard doesn't have any thermal paste but it does have the foam pad to help transfer heat the triple camera setup on the galaxy fold is very similar to the galaxy note 10 with its 12 megapixel two times optical zoom camera down at the bottom then the 12 megapixel main camera here in the center that also has optical image stabilization the main camera also has the little variable aperture gizmo it can magnetically adjust how much light can enter the sensor with its little circular shutter thingies pretty cool the 12 megapixel wide angle camera up top does not have any optical image stabilization remember how i was going to take this phone apart and see if half of the fold could still function as a full phone well both sides do have a battery and one half has an extra screen so it was a good theory but the problem is the small screen is on the opposite side of the usb-c charging port so the galaxy fold definitely needs both halves of the phone to still function who would have thought the copper vapor chamber can pry out of the phone easy enough this little guy just dissipates the heat from the processor allowing the phone to run a little cooler we've seen this kind of copper inside of a lot of phones at this point so let's keep going it's time to check out the massive internal 7.3 inch amoled screen and the complex hinge contraption that holds this whole thing together now you probably remember that this is the second time the galaxy fold has been released the first time it launched there was what looked like a screen protector on top but was actually part of the screen itself samsung has since extended that screen protector looking plastic component of the screen up underneath this plastic bezel so people now won't be tempted to peel it off my temptation to peel the screen off though is still pretty strong so let's proceed the screen is paper thin this time and well you know it's foldable it feels like a giant piece of thick packing tape just peeling away from the phone body and it's rather satisfying samsung has added a metal plate under each half of the phone on this new version and this is supposed to add a little bit of structure to the screen at the same time while not allowing any dust to get behind the display to cause damage since the phone body is not dust proof samsung has said that anyone with a samsung fold can replace that inner folding screen during the first year for a one-time fee of 149.

Which seems more than reasonable but if you happen to break the screen more than once or after that first year it'll be 599 funny how samsung can replace the whole screen for the same price that apple's charging to swap the back glass of an iphone 11. now let's take an up close and personal look at this hinge this floppy boy survived my durability test and i think it's time we found out how and why there are some pieces of long thin black tape covering up the internal screws i'll pull those away from the galaxy fold so we can see more of the impressive engineering we can also see some of the sand that slipped up inside the fold this is still causing a grinding noise as the phone opens and closes let's take things a step further the hinge of the galaxy fold is made up of three main components the first of which being the massive back metal spine of the fold and it's held in place by ten screws once those are removed the spine can be pulled from the center of the phone its metal design has chambers or ridges inside to help guide the other components of the hinge it keeps them from bending too far or rotating out of place here in the center we see the inner gears inspired by watch mechanics along with three of the four spring-loaded clasps that lock the fold into the open position it feels extremely well balanced inside of the fold we get these metal interlocked shovel looking gizmos two large ones in the center with two more smaller versions of both the top and the bottom there are a lot of moving parts inside of this thing which does make it feel very balanced and natural while also being incredibly sturdy but with all the precision that these moving parts require there's not very much room for any specks of sand and currently sand and dust can still get inside and grind away to their little heart's content so while this hinge design was inspired by watch mechanics hopefully samsung can also seal it up like watches are in future versions of the fold i think it's an awesome innovation and it's good of samsung to take care of their customers by offering replacement screens for so cheap during that first year i look forward to seeing what other versions of the folds come out next personally i want to see a smaller fold that opens vertically into a normal size cell phone kind of like the old school flip phones it'll be fun to see what happens do you think folding phones are ever going to catch on and be mainstream let me know down in the comments hit that subscribe button if you haven't already and coming out me on instagram and twitter thanks for watching i'll see you around

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