Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was announced earlier this year in February at MWC, with the phone meaning to originally launch back in April. Unfortunately during the press sampling of the phone many reviewer encountered major issues with the device, inadvertently breaking their phones either through misunderstanding of the device or through external debris into the hinge mechanism. Samsung was quick to recall the phones and to further investigate the matter, while putting hold on the device’s launch while it was trying to identify the issues. The phone ended up being delayed as Samsung opted to redesign the model in order to fix its problems.
The issues originally likely were tied to the device’s high secrecy, as Samsung had managed to launch the phone with essentially no leaks beforehand. A high level of secrecy could have also resulted in insufficient field testing of the phone, which would make sense given the problems at hand.
Today, Samsung has announced they’ve completed their re-evaluation of the phone, and have taken several steps to improve the construction of the device:
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 while maintaining its signature foldable experience:
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.
(Ed: This likely refers to tighter tolerances of the hinge-body gap)
The refinements should allow better durability of the phone while avoiding misunderstandings such as the peeling off of the top protective plastic layer.
The company has also used the time to continue improving the software experience, and is now planning to finally launch the Galaxy Fold in select markets in September, with further details being shared closer to the launch date.
|Samsung Galaxy Fold|
|SoC||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
1x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.84GHz
3x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 (CA55) @ 1.80GHz
7.3″ 2048 x 1536 Foldable Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)
|Front Camera||Cover Camera:
10MP f/2.2 “Selfie camera”
|Primary Rear Camera||77° Regular Angle
12MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PDAF
Tri-stack CMOS Sensor (Embedded DRAM),
4K60, 1080p240, 720p960 high-speed recording
Adjustable aperture f/1.5 or f/2.4,
|Secondary Rear Camera||123° Wide Angle
16MP 1.0µm f/2.2
|Tertiary Rear Camera||45° / Telephoto lens 2x zoom
12MP 1.0µm f/2.4,
|Wireless||802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2×2 MU-MIMO, BT 5.0 LE,
|Launch OS||Android 9.0|
|Launch Price||$1980 / £1799 / 2000€|