Samsung will finally launch their plagued foldable smartphone in September, the company says in a press release.
Earlier this year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold, Samsung’s first foldable device, but soon problems with the flexible display came to light. In april, a delay was announced when a number of reviewers notices issues with it. Since then, Samsung made improvements to Galaxy Fold.
Samsung has taken the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes they made. These design and construction improvements include:
- 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 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.
Along with these improvements, Samsung has also been continuously working to improve the overall Galaxy Fold user experience, including optimizing more apps and services for its foldable user interface. Samsung is conducting final product tests to make Galaxy Fold available to consumers starting from September in select markets. Which countries will get the phone, has not been announced yet.
In the USA, mobile carrier T-Mobile has said it won’t carry the device. AT&T will make an announcement shortly about the possible availability.
See also: hands-on video with the Galaxy Fold