Samsung did smart in sending a few preview Galaxy Fold
units to assorted YouTubers and "influencers." Not only did some of them try to peel off the top transparent polyimide layer thinking it's a screen protector
, but also issues with crease gaps and hinge debris were identified so that the launch could be postponed until these kinks are ironed out.
After a few months of ironing, Samsung is reportedly ready for the Fold's release, and the phone has passed the final test with flying colors, tips
Korean media today. What test? Well, Samsung sent out newly redesigned units to industry peeps and professors at the Seoul National University as well as its own KAIST research institute.
They tried and failed to replicate the issues from the initial batch, and a source from that group tipped that:
A couple weeks ago, Samsung Electronics sent out the Galaxy Fold to this group and word is that the phone aced the tests and is ready for launch.
Samsung reportedly extended the top layer to wrap around the corners so that it looks more like the integral part of the display that it is, and foolproofed the gap between the hinge elements and the crease in the middle, along with some other durability enhancements.
"Releasing the world’s first mass produced foldable smartphone faster than Huawei may be a bigger deal than losing customers," said one industry insider in Korea, and we wholeheartedly agree.