The ill-fated Samsung Galaxy Fold will make an official return in major markets this September 2019. The phone went on pre-order earlier this year but never got to the initial release date due to the design issues that started popping up on review units ahead of release.
Some of the test units that Samsung sent had user-induced design issues like removing the screen protector that happened to be a part of the screen and in the process damaging the Galaxy Fold. On the other hand, several other units developed issues even with the right use, that is, without removing the protector.
As a result, Samsung canceled the release of the Galaxy Fold without giving a revised release date, but we now have it. The Korean tech giant now says it has strengthened the areas around the top and bottom of the hinge by adding new protection caps. The Fold will also get extra protection to prevent any chances of dust or small particles entering the hinge area.
Here are the changes that Samsung has made to the new Galaxy Fold:
- 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.
Even more interesting is that the redesigned Galaxy Fold will also come with more optimized apps and services to take advantage of the foldable design.
We still don’t know if the price (nearly $2,000) of the Galaxy Fold will change, but what seems to be gaining traction is the rumor that the release of this device in smaller markets might be delayed. If reports are to be believed, the select markets targeted for the upcoming September release include the U.S., UK, South Korea, Germany, France, and India, with details of availability in other markets to be revealed as the launch approaches.