As usual, I’ve recently unfolded my Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 3 to get an important task done, and I heard a crack. At first, it worried me a lot and I started thinking that the cover display has been broken due to rough handling or that any internal part got damaged.
Meanwhile, I noticed that a vertical line is gradually extending downside covering the crease of my Galaxy Z Fold 3 smartphone. Then, I got that the crack sound was from protective film and it got automatically pulled in less than a year of normal use.
We use Samsung devices for reviews, tips and tricks as well as new features, however, it’s a very bad experience that the protective film of the Galaxy Z Fold 3 got damaged in just 10 months of normal use. Well, we have the Care Plus advantage but it raises a big question about the durability of foldables.
When inspected closely, I noticed that there was a fine line running down the middle of the phone near the crease, as if the pre-applied protector had been stretched or pulled. While a bubble was spotted nearly the crease on the top of the display months ago, the protective film is now wholly suffering the same issue.
In the first attempt, I used to gently press the protective film so it can be applied again, but it didn’t work and the film still maintained a gap from the crease area of the display. Later on, I reached a nearby Samsung service center to get the protective film replaced and got an appointment for Monday for inspection purposes.
So far, various users reported having the same issue as their Fold 3’s official protective film got pulled itself or bubbles have started to appear. Currently, we are in touch with Samsung and waiting to see what happens next, and dreaming that the service center may offer a free replacement.
Image: Galaxy Z Fold 3 protective film pulled
We hope the bubble or peel-off issue won’t occur to Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4. For Fold 3, the company claimed that it switched away from the TPU material it used on the Z Fold 2 to a new PET film while also using a stickier adhesive, which was designed to prevent bubbles, however, it didn’t improve anything.
Some Samsung phones are not getting timely Google Play System Update
Earlier, it was noticed that Samsung’s top-line Galaxy smartphones were stuck on older Google Play System Update versions. Google sent out new updates to those Galaxy devices following several reports by users and media publications.
Well, the situation is the same on certain Galaxy models, mostly in Europe. GalaxyClub reports that their Galaxy S23, Z Fold 5, Galaxy A33, and other devices are lagging behind in Play System Update. In particular, various handsets are stuck on July 2023 Play System version, which is over five months old now.
The Galaxy S20 series makes it even more colorful, which currently does not progress beyond the May 1 update. Sometimes a manual check is followed by the message “Your device is up to date” or “Updates are temporarily unavailable.”
On the other hand, the Galaxy A52 got November 2023’s Play System update, while the Galaxy A53 September’s. You can check when your Galaxy received the last Google Play System Update via Settings -> Security & privacy -> Updates -> Google Play System Update.
Samsung Galaxy S23 FE launches in South Korea
Samsung officially launched the Galaxy S23 FE in South Korea. Releasing tomorrow, this smartphone combines premium performance, an unrivaled camera, and a stylish design. The price starts at 847,000 won, it will be available in four colors including Mint, Graphite, Purple, and Cream.
In addition, Samsung.com and the Gangnam Experience Store will sell two exclusive color options – Indigo and Tangerine. The company also started “Galaxy perFEct Program for customers of the Galaxy S23 FE.
Customers who purchase the Galaxy S23 FE through this program can receive compensation for 50% of the factory price if they return the used product after 24 months.
Samsung will give away either the Galaxy Smart Tag 2 or a 25W PD charger (power-saving type) to customers who activate the Galaxy S23 FE by December 22. Customers who purchase can select the gift they want through the Samsung.com app.
Galaxy S23 FE has an iconic design that succeeds the S23 series. A floating camera and a small-sized camera hole were used, and durability was enhanced with an aluminum frame. With an IP68 waterproof and dustproof rating, you can use it with confidence without worrying about dust or moisture.
Battery of Dream: Samsung’s solid-state battery won’t come to phones until 2027
Samsung is developing solid-state battery technology to replace the current electrolyte battery. Meanwhile, Samsung Galaxy devices are unlikely to get a solid-state battery (AKA battery of dream) unit 2027.
According to a new report, Samsung SDI formed a new team to promote commercialization of solid-state battery (ASB). The team will be led by Go Joo-young, head of the marketing team of the large-scale battery business unit.
Through the new organization, the South Korean tech giant plans to accelerate project speed with customers and expedite the commercialization of ASB. Samsung SDI aims to commercialize ASB by 2027.
Samsung SDI is focusing on the development of all-solid-state batteries with an energy density of over 900 Wh/L by adopting sulfide-based technology, which can achieve the fastest lithium-ion flow (ion conductivity) per unit volume.
The ASB is a next-generation battery, which transfers ions between the positive and negative electrodes, from liquid to solid, improving safety and performance. It has advantages such as higher energy density than conventional lithium-ion batteries and lower risk of fire or explosion.