The Google Pixel Fold has only recently entered the US market, and already it is experiencing major quality problems. On their brand-new foldable phones, some unlucky purchasers have complained of pink lines, OLED death, and even punctured displays.
An article on Ars Technica described how a very little piece of garbage entered the “gutter”—the area in the inner screen between the screen protector and the bezels. That part pierced the display when the Pixel Fold was folded shut, rendering it inoperable.
On Reddit, another user named @marcusr_uk described their terrifying experience of having a bright pink line suddenly appear across the screen after only a few hours of use. The line would not disappear despite their attempts to restart the software. The brilliant neon pink line suddenly appeared from edge to edge and had survived a software reset, they claimed. “I saw a brief flash of a bright pink line once or twice, but hoped for the best,” they wrote.
Some Pixel Fold purchasers are uneasy as a result of these reports. On Reddit, user @cptultor asks if other people have experienced similar problems after noticing “very small dents and surface imperfections between the bezel and the screen protector”.
Even while foldable phones have been around for a while, their inside plastic screens keep them from becoming durable. Due to their nature, screen protectors must be pre-applied to them, albeit occasionally these protectors can come off. Samsung’s Galaxy Z Fold and Galaxy Z Flip series frequently experience display issues, and it appears that the Pixel Fold isn’t exempt either.
The good news is that since the Google Pixel Fold is unlikely to ever be released in India, Indian customers won’t have to worry about these issues.
The bad news is that a larger quality control issue that has to be resolved may exist with Google’s Pixel phones. Do you recall the Google Pixel 5’s infamous display gap issue, in which numerous consumers complained of gaps between the phone’s aluminium frame and the screen’s plastic bumper? Thankfully, there were no significant issues with the Pixel 6 or Pixel 7, but the Pixel Fold still seems to be rather vulnerable.