The Samsung Galaxy Fold is bound for September, at least in some places

The Samsung Galaxy Fold is bound for September – at least in some places letest mobile, , Galaxy Fold has been fixed, according to Samsung, and the company is "conducting final product tests

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:07
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The Samsung Galaxy Fold is bound for September, at least in some places
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is bound for September, at least in some places

We finally have a release date for the Samsung Galaxy Fold – the ambitious, over the top expensive, and possibly first mainstream foldable phone – and it's coming in September, five months after it confronted reliability setbacks and a recall before consistently reaching consumers. Just a heads up: it's not coming out wherever at first. 

Its rebound story is destined to begin in 'select markets' the same month we expect the three new versions of Apple's iPhone 11 to hit stores, with exact availability details to come closer to the Galaxy Fold launch, according to Samsung's official statement today.

It won't be quite as easy to get a Galaxy Fold on contract as it would have been during its original launch date: T-Portable told The Skirt in no uncertain terms that it won't sell the gadget - that leaves AT&T as the only bearer that will currently sell it, though it should still operate on the huge transporter networks (Verizon and Sprint as well). 

The September release date for the Fold also puts it no holds barred with the foldable Mate X that's supposed launch by then, with Huawei's current plans to release it in China first. Which organization will guarantee that 'world's first' title? 

Samsung Galaxy Fold improvements promised 

The delicate equipment behind the Galaxy Fold has been fixed, according to Samsung, and the organization is "conducting final product tests." Chief DJ Koh has previously gone on the record to say that the phone launched before it was truly prepared, so Samsung looks to correct that issue this time around. 

Notably, the thin, protective top layer that resembled a removable screen protector has been redesigned to abstain from confusing individuals accustomed to ripping all the plastic off of a brand new phone. The top layer is presently extended beyond the bezel. 

Samsung also says it has sealed up potential debris vulnerabilities around the 20-part, double axis hinge, which is essential to the gadget folding and unfolding. Dust entered through gaps around this hinge, leading to a second reason screens were breaking on a handful of survey units. 

Here are the changes that Samsung is promising with the refined 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 expelled. 

Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the gadget from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience: 

The top and bottom of the hinge region have been strengthened with recently included 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 group of Galaxy Fold has been decreased. 

All of this is not to say that the Galaxy Fold didn't experience convincing stress tests prior this year. Samsung demonstrated its gadget could withstand in excess of 200,000 folds and unfolds in a mesmerizing video. 

But a machine perfectly folding the phone with uniform pressure points in a spotless, sans dust room didn't translate in this present reality, so we'll need to see how these changes shake out come September. 

There's some progressively uplifting news too, as Samsung says during these intervening months it's been "working to improve the overall Galaxy Fold user experience, including optimizing more apps and services for its extraordinary foldable UX." 

It hasn't gave any further information on those improvements yet, but it's something to pay special mind to as we approach the Galaxy Fold release date. 

Galaxy Fold specs and concept remain the same 

Although Samsung is promising reliability from the revamped Galaxy Fold, the actual specs and concept remain unaltered. It has a sharp 7.3-inch QXGA+ mini-tablet-sized screen unfolded, and slims down to sport a separate outer 4.6-inch HD+ screen on the outside when folded. 

It has a total of six cameras – three on the back of the gadget and two additional cameras in the notch of the 7.3-inch display – two batteries that combine for a capacity of 4,380mAh, and a fingerprint sensor in the power button that also doubles as the new Bixby button. 

Samsung, which is expected to launch the Galaxy Note 10 and Galaxy Note 10 Plus on August 7, is getting its foldable phone news out of the path in front of its Unloaded event. It appears as if Samsung fans will have three different phones to settle on in the coming weeks. 

Despite the five-month Galaxy Fold delay and Mate X riding on its heels, Samsung still has an opportunity to be first to market with a foldable phone that has mainstream advance (sorry, Royole FlexPai), possibly in part thanks to the Huawei boycott in the US. 

Samsung Galaxy Fold questions remain 

Today's Samsung Galaxy Fold news answers two basic questions rather ambiguously: when will the Galaxy Fold launch and in what capacity will it hold up in this present reality? But there's such a great deal more we're struggling to understand about this foldable phone. 

Predominantly, will the Galaxy Fold value still be $1,980/£1,800 (€2,000)? There was no mention of the amount it'll cost in the announcement, so we can only assume it'll stick to the almost $2,000 asking cost. When it does launch, it'll instantly be the most expensive smartphone we've at any point looked into. 

And, remember, that lofty cost is for the 4G LTE version. Samsung is, or if nothing else was, planning a Galaxy Fold 5G model. It mentioned the mystery 5G version back at the February Unloaded uncover event, but that hasn't been spoken about since. Huawei is only offering one kind of its Mate X – so you'll have 5G in that phone, no questions asked. 

On the off chance that the Galaxy Fold appears at the Note 10 launch event, we'll make certain to get more hands-on time with the past due gadget. Stay tuned for additional in the coming days. 

Peruse our hands on survey of the Samsung Galaxy Fold 

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Our Verdict: 

The Samsung Galaxy Fold ushers in an exciting new portable structure factor. It might have its negatives, which for some will rightly be a major issue, but for those seeking the latest in cutting-edge technology the Fold should be top of your list. 


Supremely cool structure factor 

Great display with HDR10+ 

Six cameras (yes, SIX!) 


Noticeable crease in huge screen 

Enormous cost 

No 5G or expandable storage

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