Samsung has fixed the Galaxy Fold, but now the Mate X release is in trouble

Samsung has fixed the Galaxy Fold, but now the Mate X release is in trouble
Samsung is gearing up for the final release date of the Galaxy Fold, after the few preview specimens it sent out to tech reviewers and assorted "influencers" were either abused or exhibited strange display artifacts. Korean media is reporting today that it has actually managed to solve the two glaring problems that emerged during the real-life operation of the Fold. 

The cover film has 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's Lee Hyuk Lee has clarified in a presentation during the Electronics Tech Week conference in Korea.

According to the same report, Samsung will try and release the Fold next month in order to beat the Mate X launch. Said Mate X, however, has now run into its own set of problems, tip insiders. The clear adhesive that Huawei's flexible OLED display supplier BOE uses to fuse the package together is supplied by the Americans from 3M, and that well has dried up when the White House forbade American companies to do business with Huawei. That doesn't bode well for the flexible phones' future in general, but Samsung's Lee is still optimistic:


Samsung has allegedly been 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. Samsung slapped it there 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.

How did Samsung go with a tough film that doesn't completely cover the corners, so it looks like a removable protector? Before the Fold's preview units were distributed, supply chain tips from Korean media hinted that Samsung has collaborated with the Japаnese from Sumitomo Chemical for producing a "luxurious" to the touch transparent polyimide (PI) that can be bent numerous times without any visible differences.

Korean media clarifies, however, that it is not only the transparent PI that Samsung used for the first Fold batch, but actually something new and extra that has the competition wanting in on the action. A previously unknown Hard Coat Anti-Fingerprint (HCAF) film sits at the very top of a PET layer, to which a Samsung SDI Optically Clear Adhesive (OCA) is applied that then gets fused to said transparent PI film.

That top HCAF layer is actually what provides the final protection of the Galaxy Fold screen, as it best mimics the oleophobic glass cover we are used to on our phones, rather than if we only had the transparent and flexible but soft PI film. 

Samsung fixed the Galaxy Fold


Previously, we thought that the PI film is simply attached to the OLED screen underneath with an extremely durable and flexible adhesive which should allow the package to bend at the middle by stretching a bit but not coming unglued and doing this many times while retaining its original size and form. 

iFixit showed exactly how the hinge gap may affect the display, but Samsung has reportedly fixed this with an extra film layer

iFixit showed exactly how the hinge gap may affect the display, but Samsung has reportedly fixed this with an extra film layer


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. In addition, the hinge gap at the bottom has been remedied with an extra layer, and Samsung's Lee even joked about it:

 

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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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10 Comments

1. BearHug

Posts: 20; Member since: Jan 27, 2017

I think the title should be reworked to: "Samsung has made the Galaxy Fold IDIOT-PROOF,..."

3. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2299; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

While there were tech reviewers that pulled off the protective layer by mistake, there were just as many issues with it for those that didn’t. I am not sure if you saw the gap between the display and the protective layer, but dust and dirt could easily go inside of it and ruin the display. That, by far, was the biggest issue.

7. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

There was only 1 or 2 people who had things lodged into the gap, the majority of the devices that failed were due to the protective layer being removed, even though it was firmly attached on and not like a normal screen protector.

10. sgodsell

Posts: 6895; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

"but now the Mate X release is in trouble". Duh, it was in trouble before they released it. The entire display is on the outside, and you can't even put a case on it. The Mate X had durability issues just looking at it.

5. tuminatr

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2009

Show me something that is idiot-proof and they will build a better idiot

6. lyndon420

Posts: 6517; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

Waiting for the village iDiot to come along now and comment on this since that's his thing lately. Meanwhile his beloved company still hasn't produced a wireless charger for their wireless capable phones...meh

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 845; Member since: May 17, 2017

Which idiot? There are more than a couple here.

2. Xxtoxicskittlexx

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 11, 2018

Also hope Samsung doesnt give any review units to these so called Samsung bashing "Influencers". Do what Apple does, hand them out only true fans of the brand.

4. chris2k5

Posts: 239; Member since: Nov 17, 2012

Cancelled my order. Too afraid of issues with poor design

8. Tipus

Posts: 801; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Apple fanboy that is constantly bashing Samsung ordered Fold. Troll harder :)))

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