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Samsung begins mass production of the foldable OLED panels for the Galaxy Fold

Samsung Galaxy Fold handset (Source: Samsung)
Samsung Galaxy Fold handset (Source: Samsung)
It is official: Samsung Display has begun to mass produce the foldable OLED panels for the high-end Galaxy Fold device. Samsung's Galaxy Fold is set to hit the market globally on April 26, but the 5G version is expected to hit South Korea in May — and the rest of the world at a later time, of course.

Scheduled to hit the market before the end of the month, it looks like the Samsung Galaxy Fold will be on time — at least if we take into account the availability of enough foldable OLED panels. Samsung Display has just announced that the mass production of this essential component has begun and — given the high price of the upcoming foldable device — they will not need to make millions in the coming two weeks.

Back in February, Samsung Mobile's boss said that global sales of its foldable flagship are scheduled to kick off on April 26. However, this date will not see the launch of the 5G version as well. Sadly for the US customers who live in an area with 5G wireless coverage and would like to buy the Galaxy Fold 5G as soon as possible, this model is expected to hit South Korea in May and there is no official information about its international launch. Obviously, it should hit the global market this summer — or at least the key markets, since many countries still lack 5G wireless coverage and will not get it for at least another year or more.

Samsung Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch size when folded and spreads out to a 7.3-inch format. Its display uses new polymer materials that allow it to be 50 percent thinner than conventional touchscreen panels. Back in 2013, Samsung Display became the first company to make flexible OLED panels, so the technology should be mature enough now. Remains to see if they managed to iron out the middle crease issue completely.

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Codrut Nistor, 2019-04-10 (Update: 2019-04-10)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.