A high-ranking Samsung official has said that the company’s folding smartphone will be announced to the press later this month and will launch in July. A Korean tech-reporter bumped into Kim Dong-Jin (picture above), a senior official at Samsung, on Seoul International Airport. Asked when we could expect a new launch date for the plagued device, he told the reporter that an announcement to the press regarding the launch would be made this month.
On April 22, Samsung decided to delay the commercial introduction of its flagship Galaxy Fold. The move came after the displays of several devices, in the hands of American reviewers, broke apart. “To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks,” Samsung said.
Dust and dirt
Samsung has been working since April on measures to prevent new problems, including strengthening the hinge and minimising the tiny gap between the top layer of the display and the bezel. This should prevent dust and dirt from entering the device.
At the beginning of May, Samsung USA announced that it would cancel pre-orders for the delayed Galaxy Fold smartphone, unless buyers explicitly say they still want it. An email was sent out to customers who pre-ordered the device, asking them to make a choice. The email also hinted that Samsung might ship before the 31st of May. But it didn’t.
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