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Samsung's Galaxy Fold to Launch in September Following Design Revisions

Samsung's foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, is now set to launch in September after being delayed in order for Samsung to make some design changes, Samsung announced today.

The new version of the Galaxy Fold features several design and construction improvements. The top layer, which was mistakenly peeled off by some reviewers, has been tweaked to make it clear that it's part of the display, while additional reinforcements have been added to better protect the display from external particles.


The full changes Samsung made to the Galaxy Fold are listed below:
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.
The company says it has also been working to improve the overall Galaxy Fold user experience, optimizing more apps and services for the foldable interface.

Samsung initially planned to launch the Galaxy Fold this spring, but ended up delaying the launch after several reviewers experienced broken Galaxy Fold devices after just a few days.

Some of the reviewers mistakenly pulled off the top layer of the display as it looked like a plastic screen protector, which led to display damage. Other reviewers had screen failures, while still others saw display damage due to small particles of dust getting in between the layers of the display.

Based on the changes Samsung made to the Galaxy Fold, it sounds like each of the individual issues has been addressed, and hopefully launch versions of the Galaxy Fold will hold up better than the initial review units.

Samsung says that the Galaxy Fold will be made available to consumers starting in September in select markets, with specific launch details to be shared as a launch approaches.

Samsung's Galaxy Fold, which will be one of the first foldable smartphones on the market, will cost $1,980 when it becomes available for purchase.



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8 weeks ago
I’ll keep my wallet folded and avoid this first version.
Rating: 52 Votes
8 weeks ago
Hmm, let's see how this will unfold.

Sorry, couldn't resist.
Rating: 42 Votes
8 weeks ago
Am I the only one who still doesn't see the point? SG Fold is a solution looking for a problem, instead created it's own problems in the process.
Rating: 28 Votes
8 weeks ago
"Following Design Revisions"...you mean, like removing the fold? :confused: I'm not holding my breath that this batch will be any better, given that Huawei was having issues with the technology too. Still just a half-baked idea, imho, that shouldn't have gotten past R&D yet.
Rating: 25 Votes
8 weeks ago

The point seems pretty obvious to me. I wish Apple still had the balls to try stuff like this. I look at the Apple rumor roadmap and I think my Iphone X will be with me for a while longer.


I wouldn't be shocked if Apple has at least two dozen prototypes of a folding phone similar to this one in their labs. And passed on brining it to market for a variety of reasons.

Personally...If Samsung's folding phone, when folded, is thicker than my iPhone X, that would not interest me at all.
Rating: 16 Votes
8 weeks ago

Am I the only one who still doesn't see the point? SG Fold is a solution looking for a problem, instead created it's own problems in the process.


The point seems pretty obvious to me. I wish Apple still had the balls to try stuff like this. I look at the Apple rumor roadmap and I think my Iphone X will be with me for a while longer.
Rating: 16 Votes
8 weeks ago

The point seems pretty obvious to me. I wish Apple still had the balls to try stuff like this. I look at the Apple rumor roadmap and I think my Iphone X will be with me for a while longer.


So your beef is that apple doesn't release new, gimmicky $1900 phones often enough?

Still waiting for someone to give me a legit reason why this is useful.
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Dogeared into the annals of preventable tech disasters...


This might supplant "Bob" as the go-to poster child for ill-advised technology releases (for people of a certain age.)
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Hmm, let's see how this will unfold.

Sorry, couldn't resist.


I doubt it will increase Samsung's bottom line.
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Hmm, let's see how this will unfold.

Sorry, couldn't resist.


iPhone XI will leave this thing in the dust.
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Hmm, let's see how this will unfold.

Sorry, couldn't resist.


I hope Samsung's profits don't hinge on this thing!

Please help me. I can't stop.
Rating: 13 Votes
8 weeks ago
Have they provided a use case?
Rating: 12 Votes
8 weeks ago

Apple just doesn't have a brand now that allows them to release stuff that could be utter crap for many users.

HomePod would like a word with you.
Rating: 12 Votes
8 weeks ago

I wouldn't be shocked if Apple has at least two dozen prototypes of a folding phone similar to this one in their labs. And passed on brining it to market for a variety of reasons.

Personally...If Samsung's folding phone, when folded, is thicker than my iPhone X, that would not interest me at all.


Of course Apple has prototypes like this. And they have gotten their hands on Samsung's initial attempts. Apple has an insane R&D budget. When they talk about 1,000 no's before one yes, this is what they mean.

But this is also a niche product that Apple would never release, even if it was decent for some users. Apple just doesn't have a brand now that allows them to release stuff that could be utter crap for many users. At least when they release something horrifically expensive, it works well and the users will know that it is expensive and get a clue that this is something that they should pass on unless they have a real need for it. But this item is not expensive enough to keep Apple from being hit by tons of complaints if they released it. This is the opposite of something that "just works". This is a luxury tech device for someone who knows they won't be using it for more than 6 to 12 months. Buy it as a fun gimmick and get a few stares and questions about what you have. That is fun for enough people.
Rating: 10 Votes

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