Revised Samsung Galaxy Fold will officially relaunch in September for US$1,980
Samsung's eagerly awaited Galaxy Fold is finally set for relaunch in September after being pulled from sale before it hit the hands of customers as originally planned on April 26. Several reviewers who tested the device ahead of launch experienced display failures, some relating to pulling of a protective layer not meant to be removed, while one or two others also experienced failures after debris appeared to lodge under the screen. Samsung says it has now addressed the potential problem areas and is being prepped for sale.
Samsung has released this statement on the changes:
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.
While this is all good news from a mechanical perspective, reviewers were also concerned that the Galaxy Fold UI was not quite ready for the mainstream either. However, Samsung has taken the opportunity to keep working on this side of things in the interim and says that it has been "optimizing more apps and services for its unique foldable UX." Foldable devices promise to offer users the best of a smartphone and tablet experience rolled into one. We are certainly looking forward to getting our hands on one to test it out.