Samsung Fixes Galaxy Fold Screen Issues, Announces September Launch

At the Galaxy S10 series launch in February, Samsung had also unveiled the Galaxy Fold, its first foldable smartphone. Before releasing the Galaxy Fold in the market for general users, the company had released review units to select tech publications. Reviewers however claimed that Samsung’s first foldable phone build quality issues. Hence, the company had to stall its market release. Since then, the South Korean company has been working on to resolve all the issues that have surfaced on Galaxy Fold. Through an official press release, Samsung has now addressed that it has completely evaluated the product design of the Galaxy Fold and have made necessary improvements to make it fit enough for market release.

Reviewers like Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman had claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Fold became useless in just days after he removed the protective layer from the device. Even popular YouTuber Marques Brownlee met with similar problem after taking off the protective film. After multiple instances of the problems started cropping on the device, Samsung had claimed that it will be thoroughly inspecting the device to determine the cause of the matter. Through today’s press release, Samsung has ensured that it has carried out rigorous test in order to validate the changes made on the device.

The company has claimed that it has extended the top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display of the Galaxy Fold beyond its bezel. This has been done to show that the protective film is an integral part of the screen and it shouldn’t be taken off.

The improved Galaxy Fold comes with additional reinforcements to better protect it from external particles. The South Korean company has added new protection caps to the upper and lower portions of the hinge in order to strengthen it. To safeguard the display, it has placed extra metal layers beneath it. The gap between the hinge and body of the device that previously accumulated debris has been reduced.

Samsung has also optimised apps and services for better foldable UX experience. The company is now carrying out final product tests before making it available for purchase in September in select markets. It will be sharing availability details and country-specific pricing as its market release draws near. At the launch, it was introduced with a price tag of $1,980 (~Rs 1,36,550).

Samsung Galaxy Fold Specifications

The first Samsung-made foldable phone features a 4.6-inch S-AMOLED cover display that offers a 21:9 aspect ratio and 720 x 1,680 pixels resolution. Opening the device reveals its foldable 7.3-inch AMOLED Infinity Flex Display with a resolution of 1,536 x 2,152 pixels. The Snapdragon 855 SoC powers the smartphone with 12GB of RAM. It lacks a microSD card slot but comes with a massive UFS 3.0 internal storage of 512GB. One UI based on Android 9 Pie OS runs on the device.

The rear-mounted triple camera setup of the Galaxy Fold includes a 12-megapixel wide-angle OIS lens, a 12-megapixel telephoto OIS lens with 2x optical zoom and a 16-megapixel ultrawide lens. It has a front camera of 10-megapixels. It lacks a 3.5mm audio jack. It comes with a side-mounted fingerprint reader. The 4,380mAh battery of the Galaxy Fold supports 15W fast charging, 15W wireless charging and 9W reverse wireless charging. The 5G edition of the Galaxy Fold comes with a smaller battery capacity of 4,230mAh.

Anvinraj Valiyathara

Anvin is a self-proclaimed geek who has been writing about smartphones for nearly 10 years. After using phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note, Sony Xperia Mini, Lumia 730, Lumia 950, Honor 7, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 and Honor 8 Pro to name a few, he is now a happy user of the POCO F1. In his free time, he participates in church activities and likes to travel.