Updated Samsung Galaxy Fold to launch in September
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was set for a late April launch, before reviewers literally trashed the device. The new Galaxy Fold will feature a few changes to the design to improve its reliability. Samsung also announced a release date, with a September 2019 launch date in “select markets”.
The new Samsung Galaxy Fold touts the following changes:
- the top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display is extended beyond the bezel to make it clear that it isn’t meant to be removed
- additional reinforcements (most probably around the hinge) to prevent particles from entering while “maintaining its signature foldable experience”
- New protection caps for the top and bottom of the hinge areas
- Extra metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display to reinforce the protection of the display
- Reduced space between the hinge and the body
From the list of changes, it does seem like the Samsung Galaxy Fold would be considerably more resilient in daily use. With a folding mechanism, I am still somewhat doubtful about its long-term reliability, but this being the first-of-its-kind, so minor issues are still forgivable.
At least Samsung has been forthright about it and fixed the problems with the Samsung Galaxy Fold before putting them up for sale. It’s not ideal, but it’s far better than telling you that you are holding it wrong and selling you a case to protect your phone.
For those who are looking forward to buying a Samsung Galaxy Fold, the price doesn’t seem to have changed. So you would still be looking at a $1980 price tag when it finally launches in September 2019.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Specs
- Snapdragon 855, octa-core up to 2.84 GHz, 7nm FinFET
- 12GB LPDDR4x RAM
- 512GB UFS 3.0 storage
- 7.3″ Infinity Flex QXGA+ (1536 x 2152) Dynamic AMOLED + 4.6″ HD+ Super AMOLED
- 12MP F1.5 / F2.4 + 12MP f/2.4 telephoto + 16MP f/2.2 ultra-wide
- 10MP f/2.2 selfie camera + inner 10MP f/2.2 + 8MP f/1.9 RGB depth camera
- 4380 mAh battery, 15W QC 2.0 / Adaptive Fast Charging, Fast Wireless Charging
- $1980 (~RM8157)
The HUAWEI Mate X is also scheduled for a September 2019 launch, so we will see a duel of the two foldable phones. We thought the Samsung would have a head start, but it seems like it just wasn’t to be.
Pokdepinion: Oh hell no I am not buying a foldable phone. Maybe a slider, but not a foldable one.