I’ve said this before as well: The history of human technology has been foldables. Books. Wallets. Flip Phones.
We fold because it’s convenient and protective. And that’s why I think the future will be, at least in part, foldable as well. Fom wearables to phones to laptops to desktops to forget all that and think about everything that blurs all of them in between.
But to be 100% crystal clear, I still think that’s the future. Not the present. Not until its proven to be workable given the current constraints of current technology.
Trying to prove it right now are Huawei and Samsung. Huawei hasn’t shipped yet, so we’ll see what happens when and if they do. Samsung tried to ship, too early, had a bunch of problems, and had to stop, pause, and reset.
And now they think they have.
The Galaxy Fold is back. Or will be. This September.
It’s not a redesign. I don’t want to call it a patch job, though maybe that’s closer.
Here’s what Samsung has done:
- 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.
I’m eager to see it ship and see how it works in the wild. It still feels like an alpha, never mind beta product, and at $2K you’ll be paying for the privilege of publicly testing bleeding-edge tech.
But I’ve said this before as well. Just like Apple is often our more conservative cousin while wacky cousins Samsung and Huawei just keeps throwing ideas at the wall.
And I think having both approaches get us to the future faster.
So, I’m concerned that this patch job won’t be anything more than that — a patch job, and I wonder if Samsung and the market wouldn’t both have been better served just by canceling it and announcing a whole new Fold 2 design will be coming in the future.
But, it is what it is, so fingers crossed it delivers, even if only to highlight what needs to be done better.