The Galaxy Fold release is today with a Best Buy deal, damaged preview unit


With a five months delay, Samsung is releasing the Galaxy Fold at AT&T and BestBuy today, after the few preview specimens it sent out to tech reviewers and assorted "influencers" were either abused or exhibited strange display artifacts back in the spring. 

Samsung was allegedly postponing the re-release in order to better train the reps on presenting the device and teaching potential buyers how to use the phone. Like, for instance, not to scrape off the cover film which turned out to be an integral part of the flexible display underneath.

The cover film has now been packaged tighter with the flexible display, and the hinge gap from where dust and debris entered underneath the crease has been fixed, as Samsung managed to solve the two glaring problems that emerged during the real-life operation of the initial Fold batch.

Samsung slapped the polyimide film against scratches, even though it does not completely wrap around and fuse with the panel at the edges, making it look like a screen protector of sorts. Well, this time around it is taking no chances, and just outed a video called "Caring about..." It's the first time we are seeing such a video manual with subtle hints not to peel off anything, or how to push gently to open your $1980 phone.

At least one of the new and improved preview units it sent out to us tech reporting brethren, however, developed a strange display artifact during the simple action of using and closing/opening the Fold carefully: 



Galaxy Fold price at AT&T


It's a teeny-tiny-still-annoying cluster of discombobulated pixels, and the loaner unit has been taken back by Samsung for examination, yet it's not a good look if you are buying a $1979.99 phone, or the price you would pay for it at AT&T if you get it outright. 


Galaxy Fold deal at Best Buy


The carrier also offers a $66/month installment plan, but Best Buy has a better deal, offering $50-$100 off the Fold if you activate it with the purchase, depending on the carrier.



What Samsung has reportedly done now, is fuse the anti-fingerprint film tighter with the underlying package, and increased the corner overlap so that it doesn't look like a screen protector the invites you to peel it off. 

The crease itself, however, seems to be the tricky place where artifacts may develop, but Samsung is offering free or cheap screen replacements in case of damage with normal use, so you can sleep tighter during the warranty period.

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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20 Comments

1. TadTrickle

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 08, 2019

I love samsung products, this thing aint ready for primetime

15. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

Agreed. I watched the JerryRigEverything on this. The softness of that screen alone is enough of a reason to keep that thing in the shop.

2. twens

Posts: 1180; Member since: Feb 25, 2012

If it sold for a $1000 I would have bought one.

3. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2361; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Pretty much says , "just leave it and use it only at home".. smh this ain't it Samsung

6. Deadeye

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

Or "Don´t be a bloody idiot."

8. apple-rulz

Posts: 2197; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yep, don't be that bloody idiot that carries their phone in their pocket and wants to use it from time to time out in the real world. It's best to just leave your $2k Fold at home, preferably factory sealed in the box. Makes perfect sense.

12. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

The Fold will hold up fine. Since it's a loaner unit, you'll never know what iDiots can do to ruin it. I don't think anyone spent $2000 and purposely find ways to destroy it.

4. Stayfly2407

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

Just got mine this thing is siccckkkkkk! Glad I waited

5. OneLove123

Posts: 1193; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

Picking mine up today!!

7. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As long as Samsung makes the Note, I won't be buying a Fold. Beautiful device, but I'm a Note guy.

16. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

I'm sure you'll consider it if they add an S-Pen to it.

18. darkkjedii

Posts: 31315; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Nope, not really into the folding thing.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1597; Member since: May 17, 2017

I wonder how long the display units will hold up...I want to check one out.

10. Stayfly2407

Posts: 80; Member since: Dec 15, 2011

At&t is also giving galaxy fold shirts to those who purchased

13. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3153; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

Do they come with a permanent “kick me” sign on the back?

11. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

There are many haters out there that want the Fold to fail. Since it's a loaner unit, there are ways to ruin the Fold if they want to which will cost them nothing. The Folds have been out for a few weeks now and no report of any problems with the Folds in the consumer's hand yet.

20. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2451; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Only 4,000 units have been sold in South Korea. And it will probably take a couple of months before problems start to fester. The main issues seem to be from dust getting into the screen and over time pressure on the screen causing issues. Even so much as a fingernail poked the wrong way can cause indentations.

21. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Because it's so hard to avoid using your fingernails, right? No, it's quite easy to not use your fingernails. Touch screens are intended to be used with the pad of your finger anyway.

17. rkoforever90

Posts: 465; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

I guess this phone can be used as an expensive paper weight once the warranty period is over. Who knows if the screen is gonna last even a year

19. Alcyone

Posts: 488; Member since: May 10, 2018

This is a lesson for Samsung. To see if there is a future in foldables. If the tech can evolve to stop the problems and progress is made, there would be a future. Prices could come down and people would be more inclined to look at a foldable. Bet those who bought bag phones in the early 80s were laughed at. Too bad the idea from bag to bar/flip caught on. People that ridiculed and laughed probably felt foolosh.

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