Samsung announced today that the problems surrounding its Galaxy Fold have apparently been fixed. The company now plans to launch its foldable smartphone this September – with the price still remaining unchanged at USD 1’980.
A quick reminder: The Galaxy Fold was supposed to launch in spring or early summer of 2019. However, after some review devices that had been handed out to media showed serious flaws, Samsung pushed back the phones release date, then later even cancelled all pre-orders consumers had already placed. The manufacturing of a foldable smartphone suddenly seemed to become a daunting task – which even led us at Techgarage to wonder: «Is Samsung folding it wrong?» (Article in German).
The Problems Samsung needed to solve with the Galaxy Fold
In order to get out of the shemozzle Samsung found itself with its «Foldgate», Samsung urgently needed to fix its first foldable smartphone. The company has thus taken some measures to make the device end-user safe:
- The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.
- Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles.
- The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.
- Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.
- The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.
It seems that, with these improvements in place, Samsung now feels comfortable enough about its Galaxy Fold to give it a second attempt at a launch. However, any specific countries or dates have not been named to date. Samsung on its website announces following schedule: «Samsung is conducting final product tests to make Galaxy Fold available to consumers starting from September in select markets. Availability details will be shared as we get closer to the launch.»
And as always with Techgarage: We believe it when we actually see it – or when we’re finally able to take the Galaxy Fold into our own hands and give it a proper review.