The Galaxy Fold might have been off to a rocky start, but Samsung isn’t done with it - at least not yet. In fact, Samsung might announce a new launch date for the Galaxy Fold (in the US) as soon as in the next two days. The Galaxy Fold was seemingly pulled off the shelves ahead of its scheduled April 26 launch after many review units of the foldable started breaking – either because of debris that made its way inside from under the exposed areas of the hinge, or when the top protective layer of the main display (which looked like it was a screen protector) was peeled off.
Samsung recalled all the review units and started an internal investigation to find out the root cause(s) of the problem. Only recently, Samsung came up and announced that it will cancel all pre-orders if it failed to ship the Galaxy Fold by the end of May – unless, those who pre-ordered were willing to stick around. But it did not reveal anything substantial with regards to the future of the Galaxy Fold, leading many to speculate the foldable had no future.
Samsung Electronics CEO DJ Koh has now cleared some air over the future of the Galaxy Fold – evidently, it still has a future. Samsung isn’t looking to cancel it, just yet. Rather, Samsung has reviewed all the defects that led into the Galaxy Fold’s fold-gate issue, and probably also has a fix just around the corner. A final decision on launch will be made in the next two days, but whatever be the case, Samsung “will not be too late” on that, according to Koh.
“(The company) has reviewed the defect caused from substances (that entered the device), and we will reach a conclusion in a couple of days (on the launch),” Koh was quoted as saying by Korea Herald.
Basis of the findings, Samsung is now working to strengthen the durability of the Galaxy Fold, particularly the exposed areas on the hinge. Also, it is working on minimize the gap between the protective layer and the main display. Since, the protective layer isn’t going anywhere, hopefully Samsung will be more forthcoming in highlighting a cautionary note for users, so they won’t tamper with it.