Samsung Galaxy Fold 'Ready' for Launch, Screen Issues Reportedly Fixed

Samsung Galaxy Fold 'Ready' for Launch, Screen Issues Reportedly Fixed

Samsung's Galaxy Fold will go on sale in September, the company has announced.

The original April release for the phone was pushed back after reviewers reported several problems with the phone, including broken screens.

Samsung said they took time "to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes [they] made."


Second time lucky

Back in February, tech reviewers were given early copies of the Samsung Galaxy Fold, a phone the company had touted as a gamechanger for the mobile industry.

One or two of these reviewers removed thin films from the front of the smartphone screens. What they thought was an optional protective layer was actually a crucial part of the phone — removing it caused serious screen issues.

In a statement, Samsung says they have fixed this issue:

"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."

As the BBC reports, the improvements also include strengthening the hinge area with new protection caps. The space between the hinge and the body of the Galaxy Fold has also been reduced.

Fierce competition

The defective Galaxy Fold models were Samsung's biggest setback since their exploding phones fiasco in 2017.

It came at a bad time, with fierce competition from the likes of Huawei (now the second-largest smartphone seller in the world) and Xiaomi.

Xiaomi and Huawei both have their own foldable phone models on the horizon — Huawei's Mate X was on show at this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

At a retail cost of almost $2,000, Samsung will hope their Galaxy Fold re-unveiling goes off without a hitch. It will be available in "select markets" as of September.

Watch the video: Samsung Galaxy Fold - Screen Replacement! (December 2021).