In the current live stream of Youtuber Mrkeybrd, which has been running continuously since June 7th, the same thing happens all the time – or almost nothing. Nevertheless, the number of viewers is always in the range of just under 1,000 viewers. But why?
There are probably two primary reasons for this: On the one hand, a certain curiosity about the motto
Do they really?!. On the other hand, perhaps some hope to actually witness the decisive moment – even if a lot of patience might be required.
What is the live stream about? In a video from Sunday, June 5th, Mrkeybrd explains exactly what he intends to do: He wants to start a live stream in which he and other people fold and unfold a Samsung Z Flip 3 by hand over and over again until the smartphone breaks.
The stream started on June 7th and is still running as of now. So far, the foldable Samsung smartphone has been folded over 125,000 times. You can see the stream here:
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Until it breaks
It is unclear how long the stream will continue. The streamer and his colleagues want to keep going until either the screen or the smartphone’s hinges break. In his video, Mrkeybrd explains that this type of smartphone should withstand at least 200,000 folds. But there could well be more.
After around two days we are at more than half of the predicted folding processes. Assuming 200,000 is the end, the stream could last until the weekend. Withstands the Z Flip 3 longer, of course also longer.
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The smartphone for (very frequent) opening and closing
Why do streamers fold by hand?
Specially made machines are usually used to test folding smartphones. These are mainly used by manufacturers to test longevity. But also some testers, such as CNET have already completed such folding tests with machines.
According to Mrkeybrd, however, a human folds smartphones differently than a machine does. However, he does not go into the extent to which the folding techniques of man and machine differ. However, folding by human hands is said to come closer to actual circumstances in the real world. He therefore hopes for a result that is as realistic as possible.
I have a foldable and I can never go back
Lots of moths in the stream: Of course, the YouTuber doesn’t sit in front of the camera for days and fold his smartphone. the
work he shares it with colleagues who stream in two-hour shifts. In this way, the experiment can easily run for several days.
Such a folding mechanism can also be used with other devices. A concept artist recently showed what a MacBook with a foldable screen could look like and how it expands the functionality of the laptop:
Foldable laptop screen: MacBook concept shows what would be possible with it
How many folds does the Samsung Z Flip 3 manage? Do you have an assessment? And how long will the live stream continue? Your opinion matters!