After months of question marks Samsung has finally announced the re-launch of the Galaxy Fold. And it's coming in September.
In a lot of ways, doing a traditional review of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is pointless. Anyone who buys one isn’t doing so because it’s a good value or a sound purchasing decision. It’s not. They’re buying one because it’s new, innovative, and exciting. Besides, pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold have already sold out in the U.S, so even if you want one, it’s probably too late. And yet, for a product with many flaws, even in its current state, the Galaxy Fold presents a vision that makes a ton of sense, and it’s one of only a handful of gadgets that you can call a game changer and mean it.
The Galaxy Fold was set to be released in April, but was delayed after reviewers in the U.S. reported significant screen issues during testing.
The most common reason for the screen breakages and glitches was due to the removal of the plastic film that covered the foldable OLED screen.
This was due to the fact that it looked like a regular screen protector, which people have a penchant for removing.
However, it was fact an integral part of the functionality of the device.
PSA: There's a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold's display. It's NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it.
I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement. pic.twitter.com/ZhEG2Bqulr
— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 17, 2019
The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. I removed it, not knowing you’re not supposed to (consumers won’t know either). It appeared removable in the left corner, so I took it off. I believe this contributed to the problem. pic.twitter.com/fU646D2zpY
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019
Some reviewers stated that there wasn't a warning label regarding the film on the packaging of their review units, while others claimed that there was.
Dear future #GalaxyFold owners, I know I always say "No one ever read the instructions"... PLEASE READ THIS ONE!!!
(This is the wrap over the screen of the Galaxy Fold) pic.twitter.com/LuQPRfDZIE
— Des (@askdes) April 17, 2019
This was also not the only cited problems with the Galaxy Fold. Screen issues unrelated to the plastic removal, as well as hinge bulging, were also experienced by some early users.
SUPER YIKES: something happened to my Galaxy Fold screen and caused a bulge. I don’t know how it happened, and I’m waiting to hear back from Samsung. It’s broken. https://t.co/p1014uB01D pic.twitter.com/3FZJkWtSKr
— Dieter Bohn (@backlon) April 17, 2019
But now it seems that these issues have been rectified. In a press release this week Samsung stated what has been fixed in the new versions of the Fold.
"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.
And if you see a protective film, maybe don't remove it.
Samsung has also stated that it has worked to improve the overall Galaxy Fold user experience, "including optimizing more apps and services for its unique foldable UX. Samsung is conducting final product tests to make Galaxy Fold available to consumers starting from September in select markets."
Sadly, Australia is not going to be one of these unnamed "select markets". There is currently not word on when the Galaxy Fold will be hitting Australia, or what how much it's going to cost.
But considering that the press release was sent to us locally, we are hopeful that it will appear before Christmas.
Despite the issues, we're still excited to for a new form factor to hit the mobile market, and can't wait to get our hands on it. We sure had fun with the one we tried in Las Vegas.
In the last few months of 2018 it seemed like the mobile world was dominated by the foldable arms race. Samsung was always at the forefront of the conversation, but there were other contenders who might get there first, including Huawei. In the end, a small company called Royole beat everyone to it, releasing its foldable to the commercial Chinese market at the end of last year. It also made an appearance at CES 2019, so I pushed my way through the crowds to ensure I got my hands (and butt) on it.