Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone, take two: Samsung’s foldable phone now sells in September

After delaying the phone for 69 days, Samsung says it's finally overcome its screen issues.

Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone, take two: Samsung's foldable phone now sells in September
Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone, take two: Samsung's foldable phone now sells in September

Sixty-nine days after it was supposed to go on sale, Samsung announced a new release window for the Galaxy Fold, its first-ever foldable phone.

Or rather, a release month: September.

And only in select countries, as initially planned. Samsung said it would share specific sale dates as the month nears — we’d guess as early as August. With this announcement, the world’s largest phone-maker has at long last broken its silence about the nearly $2,000 device, which has been delayed since April 22 after reviewers reported screen breakages, flickering and bulging.

Although the Galaxy Fold pre-orders sold out on the first day, the phone never officially went on sale, and no preorder money was collected. CNET’s review unit didn’t break, though it did experience minor damage to the screen.

The Fold costs $1,980, which converts to about £1,500 or AU$2,800. 

In addition to a new launch window, Samsung also said it fixed the problems that caused some reviewers’ phones to break in the first place. The fixes include:

  • A protective top layer that extends beyond the bezel, “making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure”, not a dust guard you’d want to remove.
  • “Reinforcements” to keep debris from working its way underneath the screen.
  • New “protection caps” to strengthen the top and bottom of the hinge area, which had revealed natural gaps where particles could get in.
  • Metal reinforcements beneath the screen (the Infinity Flex Display), presumable to make the plastic screen stiffer.
  • Reducing the air gap between the Fold’s body and hinge.

Samsung is also in the midst of developing two more foldable phones, according to Bloomberg. It isn’t clear if the Fold’s tardiness has also delayed the development of these future devices — or that of rival foldable phone launches, for that matter.

With a September launch still more than a month away, all eyes are once again on Samsung. More

By JESSICA DOLCOURT https://www.cnet.com