The launch of Samsung's futuristic Foldable Phone in April was canceled at the last minute after devices began to die in the hands of early reviewers, but Samsung believes the situation with the Galaxy Fold has finally been resolved. The company released a press release last night detailing the Galaxy Fold Relaunch Plan, with some restyling and a launch window for "select" markets in September.
The Galaxy Fold had some unanswered questions when it was sent to the press. First, the device was shipped with a screen protector-like sticker attached to the display. While you may think you should remove it as part of the unboxing process, removing the sticker has actually killed the display. Some reviewers accidentally destroyed their devices because the sticker looked exactly like a screen protector: it did not cover the front of the device from edge to edge, leaving a visible seam around the circumference of the display.
The second problem was intrusion. Many cell phones today have a high degree of protection until they are waterproof and dustproof. The foldable hinge design of the Galaxy Fold, however, led to massive gaps in the body, where pocket fluff can accumulate. Reviewers reported that dirt gets on the back of the device and works its way into the display area. In some cases, this debris hit the back of the screen and damaged it.
Against this background, Samsung announced the following changes to the Galaxy Fold after a delay of five months:
- The upper protective layer of the Infinity Flex display was extended beyond the front panel to make it clear that it was an integral part of the display structure is and should not be removed.
- Galaxy Fold has added reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while providing unique foldability:
- The top and bottom of the hinge area have been reinforced with newly added protective caps.
- Additional metal layers under the Infinity Flex display have been added to enhance the protection of the display.
- The distance between the hinges and the body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.
Samsung also released a collection of renderings of the new Galaxy Fold, which we can meticulously compare pixel by pixel with the old renderings of the Galaxy Fold. As we can see, this "protective cap," which Samsung mentions, is a new T-shaped object over the hinge. The "extra metal layers under the Infinity Flex display" should make the phone a bit thicker, but the thickness seems to be absorbed by the plastic frame around the phone. The new renderings have a thicker bevel in the plastic frame, which probably indicates that the frame protrudes more heavily from the surface of the phone. The last visible change is on the back of the phone, which seems to have been redesigned for a smaller entry point.
Samsung has not yet set a specific start date, only that the phone will arrive sometime in September. However, September is the first iPhone launch season, so Samsung may have difficulty attracting attention for the fold correction. Maybe that's what it's meant to be – Samsung's CEO recently described the failed launch of the Galaxy Fold as "embarrassing". Maybe Samsung prefers to forget the whole thing at this point.
Given the first generation of the device and the sky-high price tag, it was hard to imagine many people taking the Galaxy Fold in April. After this delay and all the reported problems, even fewer people seem inclined to risk buying the Galaxy Fold. But Samsung seems stunned – the company has already confirmed that it does not set the price, and the phone will still cost $ 1980.