The Galaxy Fold’s April launch was postponed after broken screens reported by early reviewers.
This is what Samsung says the latest version of the Galaxy Fold has altered:
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.
Here is a comparison between the Fold’s two variants and the fresh one on the left. At first glance, they’re not very distinct!
In this detail picture you can really see the distinction — the fresh version is the one in front, placed below the ancient one. Inside the hinge there is an additional part that would probably stop debris from entering and wedging under the screen:
The original Galaxy Fold made it almost marketable, but review units— including ours— almost instantly began to develop severe hardware issues. A protective film that was intended to be continuous, damaging the panel, was peeled by some reviewers. We didn’t do that, but nevertheless our initial system formed a broken screen— potentially because debris came under the hinge. For a device that was seeded to a very tiny amount of reviewers, it was a disastrous outcome— such a large proportion of them ran into problems, there is no idea what would have occurred if Samsung published the phone to the public.
Co-CEO DJ Koh finally confessed that the firm pushed the initial Fold out to market “before it was prepared,” adding that “it was awkward.” That’s an understatement, but at the very least Samsung got ahead of the Fold’s issues before it was delivered to customers (reviewers suffered instead, but that’s our task).
Samsung probably wanted to clear the decks of any Fold news (or Fold issues) before its August 7th “Unpacked” event when it is anticipated to announce the Galaxy Note 10, Note 10 Pro, and possibly a smattering of other devices such as a fresh Android tablet and smartwatch.
It is an open question whether Samsung can really prevent the Fold from clouding the attention it hopes for its other devices. The announcement of today was nowhere close as extensive or as clear as Samsung’s Note 7. That implies customers who go to purchase this phone when it goes on sale will take a very big leap of faith, trusting in Samsung’s word that the Fold’s problems have been solved. Even if that’s true, it’s probable that the Galaxy Fold will still be a rather sensitive tool, one that is unlikely to ever be mainstream.
It wasn’t a sure thing that Samsung would really keep its pledge of fixing and re-releasing the Fold. But the pressure on the business to create a reliable device will be sky high now that it has confirmed its plans. We’ll find out if in September Samsung will be able to satisfy those expectations.