Samsung announced Wednesday that it has fixed the Galaxy Fold and that you can buy it through operators and retailers in September, which gives the company the first foldable phone a second chance to show what the inevitable future of phones is like smart.
Samsung was scheduled to launch Fold on April 25, but after several journalists found physical problems with the hardware and ended up with defective units, the company was forced to remove the models and postpone the launch of its flagship product. Samsung's own president and CEO, DJ Koh, called it a "shameful" affair.
Now, the company says the device will be ready for a second release in September, then, he says, made several improvements to the device's design. In particular, the company has extended the protective layer for the screen beyond the bezel to make it more evident that the layer should not be removed, and has added "additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles." The hinge has also been strengthened.
"Samsung took the time to fully evaluate the design of the product, make the necessary improvements and perform rigorous tests to validate the changes we made," the company said in a blog post.
Some reviewers were removed what they thought was a screen saver, but it was an integral component for maintaining the Galaxy Fold's screen. There was also a 7 mm hole in the phone frame, which could potentially allow dirt or other small particles to enter and damage the device. Some reviewers said their phones were completely unusable, with screens turned off due to problems. Digital Trends never had problems with our phone review edition.
"It was embarrassing," Koh said in early July about the entire Galaxy Fold affair. "I pushed it before it was ready."
Fold fans can rest easy: they should be ready now. All hardware issues have been fixed with the revised version of the Galaxy Fold, Samsung said.
The screen locks aside, the Galaxy Fold is a first step for folding phones, but at a price close to $ 2,000, it is too expensive for what it is. That said, if you want to be at the forefront of smartphone design and have the money to spend on this first step towards a foldable future, it will be yours to buy soon.