Is Samsung’s Reinforced Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone Ready for Prime Time?

Here's how the Korean electronics giant fixed its revolutionary foldable device.

Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone
Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone

It’s been less than a year since Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) gave electronics enthusiasts their first look at what we now know as the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone.

But the incredible mobile device had already been years in the making, and — given its ability to unfold into a larger tablet form factor thanks to its internal flexible OLED display — boasted the potential to disrupt smartphone form factors as we know them.

But after that revolutionary display began breaking in early demo units sent to a number of press outlets and tech-review sites, Samsung abruptly delayed the Galaxy Fold’s launch date — originally set for April 2019 — promising to announce a new release date “in the coming weeks” pending internal tests and additional user feedback.

Of course, we know now that Samsung couldn’t fulfill that ambitious promise. But its engineers did finally fix the Galaxy’s Fold’s initial issues earlier this month, leaving the company comfortable enough to launch the device in Korea last week. Starting next week, the Galaxy Fold should hit stores in Germany, the UK, and Singapore, followed by the U.S. “in the coming weeks.”


Is Samsung’s Reinforced Galaxy Fold Ready for Prime Time?

Here’s how the Korean electronics giant fixed its revolutionary foldable device.

It’s been less than a year since Samsung (OTC:SSNLF) gave electronics enthusiasts their first look at what we now know as the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone.

But the incredible mobile device had already been years in the making, and — given its ability to unfold into a larger tablet form factor thanks to its internal flexible OLED display — boasted the potential to disrupt smartphone form factors as we know them.

But after that revolutionary display began breaking in early demo units sent to a number of press outlets and tech-review sites, Samsung abruptly delayed the Galaxy Fold’s launch date — originally set for April 2019 — promising to announce a new release date “in the coming weeks” pending internal tests and additional user feedback.

Of course, we know now that Samsung couldn’t fulfill that ambitious promise. But its engineers did finally fix the Galaxy’s Fold’s initial issues earlier this month, leaving the company comfortable enough to launch the device in Korea last week. Starting next week, the Galaxy Fold should hit stores in Germany, the UK, and Singapore, followed by the U.S. “in the coming weeks.”

Three different colors of the Samsung Galaxy Fold with one opened to a butterfly background.

IMAGE SOURCE: SAMSUNG.

Here’s what’s changed

The Galaxy’s Fold’s technical specifications remain the same, most notably including its rear triple camera, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of internal storage, and Snapdragon 955 processor. And it’ll still command a premium price starting at nearly $2,000 when it arrives in the United States.

Samsung did make some minor tweaks to the Android version Fold will run, however, namely to allow the navigation bar to be aligned to one side or the center to better play to the strengths of the larger internal screen

So what exactly did Samsung do to make sure the Galaxy Fold v2 doesn’t repeat its predecessor’s failures?

In the first version of the Galaxy Fold, for one, some early reviewers damaged the screen by mistakenly peeling a protective film layer off. So Samsung extended the edges of that layer to sit under the bezel of the device for a more seamless, unmistakably permanent look and feel.

Samsung also added small plastic caps near the top and bottom of the Galaxy Fold’s hinge — without taking away from the overall aesthetic appearance, of course — thereby closing what used to be a small gap that allowed dust and debris to enter.

Relatedly, because the screen can’t fold with a clean corner like a piece of paper (it still has a slight curve when closed), Samsung’s teams took the opportunity to narrow the small gap near the hinge. And when the Fold is opened, additional layers of metal behind the display make it feel sturdier and give it a less prominent crease down the center. More

By Steve Symington(TMFSymington) https://www.fool.com