Samsung’s first foldable phone’s initial launch was a face-plant.
The $1,980 Galaxy Fold, originally supposed to hit shelves in the United States on April 26, flopped instantly as many of the review units sent to reporters and YouTubers broke after a few days of use.
A now-deleted iFixIt teardown of the device revealed the central problem: The Fold’s screen protector simply did not prevent dust and debris from getting underneath. That left many with the impression that the age of the foldable smartphone was yet to come, though it now looks like Samsung may have been able to resolve the Fold’s issues much faster than expected.
In fact, the Fold reportedly “aced” a recent durability test conducted by a group of industry professionals and professors at the Seoul National University and Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology. Korean news outlet The Elec reported Wednesday that the smartphone-tablet-hybrid is “ready for launch,” according to an anonymous industry source.
Samsung did not immediately respond to Inverse’s request for comment to confirm the report or add any context to when the Fold might go on sale, but we’ll update as soon as we hear back.
The Elec’s source stated that Samsung is determined to beat Huawei’s Mate X to market, which CNBC reported would be released in September. That means the Galaxy Fold would need to be launched in late July or August to beat its competitor to the punch.
A rushed release would appear to be the cause of Samsung’s original screen issues, but the company is hellbent to be first to market, according to an anonymous industry expert. More