Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was announced earlier this year in February at MWC, with the phone meaning to originally launch back in April. Unfortunately during the press sampling of the phone many reviewer encountered major issues with the device, inadvertently breaking their phones either through misunderstanding of the device or through external debris into the hinge mechanism. Samsung was quick to recall the phones and to further investigate the matter, while putting hold on the device’s launch while it was trying to identify the issues. The phone ended up being delayed as Samsung opted to redesign the model in order to fix its problems.

The issues originally likely were tied to the device’s high secrecy, as Samsung had managed to launch the phone with essentially no leaks beforehand. A high level of secrecy could have also resulted in insufficient field testing of the phone, which would make sense given the problems at hand.

Today, Samsung has announced they’ve completed their re-evaluation of the phone, and have taken several steps to improve the construction of the device:

  • 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.
       (Ed: This likely refers to tighter tolerances of the hinge-body gap)

The refinements should allow better durability of the phone while avoiding misunderstandings such as the peeling off of the top protective plastic layer.

The company has also used the time to continue improving the software experience, and is now planning to finally launch the Galaxy Fold in select markets in September, with further details being shared closer to the launch date.

Samsung Galaxy Fold
  Galaxy Fold
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 
1x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.84GHz
3x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 (CA55) @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 640 @ 578MHz
Display Main Display:
7.3" 2048 x 1536 Foldable Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)

Cover display:
4.6" 1680 x 720 Super AMOLED (21:9)
Dimensions Folded:
160.9 x 62.9 x 17.0 to 15.5mm

160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9mm

Battery 4380mAh  (16.86Wh)
Front Camera Cover Camera:
10MP f/2.2 "Selfie camera"

Front camera:
10MP f/1.9 4K video recording

Front camera:
8MP, f/2.2
Dual Pixel PDAF
"Live focus"
Primary Rear Camera 77° Regular Angle
12MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PDAF

Tri-stack CMOS Sensor (Embedded DRAM),
4K60, 1080p240, 720p960 high-speed recording

Adjustable aperture f/1.5 or f/2.4
OIS, auto HDR, LED flash
Secondary Rear Camera 123° Wide Angle
16MP 1.0µm f/2.2
Tertiary Rear Camera 45° / Telephoto lens 2x zoom
12MP 1.0µm f/2.4,
SIM Size LTE model: eSIM + nanoSIM

5G model: nanoSIM
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 2x2 MU-MIMO, BT 5.0 LE,
NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
Connectivity USB Type-C
Features It Folds
Launch OS Android 9.0
Launch Price $1980 / £1799 / 2000€ 


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Source: Samsung Press Release

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  • Wingartz - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Dimensions: (Thick)
    SIM Size: (Maybe?)
    Features: (It Folds)

    hahaha epic
  • Samus - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    16mm is almost as thick as my wallet. But there was no way around it, the phone basically has three surface areas of screen.
  • Tech4ubox - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Finally, I waited for this phone impatiently Samsung Folding
    Thank you for the great news today
  • cfenton - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    After that initial fiasco I was hoping they'd offer a three year warranty on the device. Even if they've solved the problems that caused them to break in days, it's hard to have much confidence in the phone's long-term durability.
  • MTEK - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Yeah... haha.. I'm sure they got those issues resolved... NO THANKS, Samsung! But nice try ;-)
  • Gunbuster - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Plastic screen is still going to get scratched up like crazy. Lets see a real use sample after 6 months...
  • XelaChang - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Well, since it's folded when not in use, it's not going to see much wear.
  • ats - Thursday, July 25, 2019 - link

    Except by that grain of sand or dust that is folded in their with it.... Or you know, pocket lint. Its a fundamentally flawed idea to move from sealed hardened glass faced devices to open soft plastic devices.
  • cha0z_ - Friday, July 26, 2019 - link

    Reviewers managed to scratch it with nails under normal usage (i.e. didn't try to do so) + small particles will end up between the screens (atleast to some of it where there is no space with air) - this is seriously a thing. Why you think they did it so that the protective plastic layer can be changed easy like a screen protector? Just turn out that many people remove it like a screen protector and they changed it to a harder to exchange apply.
  • mkozakewich - Wednesday, July 31, 2019 - link

    It wasn't easy to peel off, it was bonded on. It was just weak enough that it could be peeled at the edges, and it definitely would have shown signs of coming up after a few months. Not a good design.

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