Samsung executive says there is no new Galaxy Fold launch date on the horizon

Samsung executive says there is no new Galaxy Fold launch date on the horizon
Just yesterday we passed along a report out of Korea stating that the redesigned version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold had successfully passed a durability test. The test consisted of sending these units to people in the industry and to professors at Seoul National University and the KAIST research institute. Not one person among this group could replicate the issues that influencers had discovered when they received their review units earlier this year. And while this would seem to indicate that the phone will soon be given a new launch date, a new report puts this in doubt.

According to WCCFTech, a Slovakian publication just spoke with David Sahula who is the Czech and Slovak spokesperson for Samsung. Sahula said that he has not been given any information concerning a new launch date for the foldable device, which could mean that we are still weeks if not months away from hearing about a new pre-order period. Now we do need to point out the obvious here; it is possible that there is a new date that Sahula has yet to be informed of, or he might have been told to keep mum about the whole thing. Last week, hopes were raised about an upcoming new launch date for the Galaxy Fold when a photo showed the improved model in the hands of someone testing the new design. This person was riding the New Delhi metro system when he was caught redhanded with the phone.


If Sammy's Czech and Slovak spokesman wasn't just following orders, it would seem that Samsung is now being incredibly cautious so that it doesn't make the same mistake twice. Earlier this month, Samsung Electronics CEO DJ Koh admitted that the company rushed out the Galaxy Fold too early. He also said that the phone will be released "in due course. Give us a bit more time." From those comments, it would seem that Samsung is in no hurry to start selling the foldable handset.

Samsung's focus is now on the Galaxy Note 10 line


After building up the excitement over the last couple of years, the Samsung Galaxy Fold was finally unveiled amid great fanfare in February. Set to be released on April 26th, the company sent out review units to influencers who started to find some issues, some of their own making. For example, despite warnings that Samsung placed on the unit, several of these influencers started peeling off what they thought was a disposable plastic film on the internal 7.3-inch screen. The film seemed similar to the kind of removable plastic that one would peel off the display of a newly purchased smartphone. But Samsung's warning indicated that removing the plastic could lead the screen to stop working, and that is exactly what happened. In addition, debris was sucked into one influencer's device through an opening at the top of a hinge causing a bulge to form on the internal display. Others found that their Galaxy Fold units just stopped working.

Samsung reportedly fixed things up by tucking the film into the casing of the phone so that it couldn't be peeled off. It also narrowed the opening on the top and bottom of the hinges to prevent foreign material from entering the device.


Samsung's main focus now is on the Unpacked event scheduled for August 7th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. At that event, we should see the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10 series and possibly the Galaxy Watch Active 2. But in the back of Samsung's mind, it is keeping an eye on Huawei. The latter's own foldable, the Huawei Mate X, is now expected to be launched no later than September and Samsung was hoping to beat its rival to the market. While neither company can be the first with a foldable phone (last year the Royale FlexPai was launched), one of the two will be known as the first major manufacturer to ship such a device.

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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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30 Comments

1. Vokilam

Posts: 1190; Member since: Mar 15, 2018

Sad. Really hoped that this wasn’t Samsung’s AirPower.

34. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

It is, but way worse Samsung probably waisted millions and millions of dollars on the fold and it’s research and development to have never even get launched cuz of stupid and easy to catch issues that shouldn’t have ever happened lol

2. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Just imagine, there must be in a warehouse somewhere thousands of Galaxy Folds that were never delivered. Usually production for devices happen months in advance so you know there had to be batches of this device already made before they found out about the problems.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Probably no more than a thousand. Or maybe even 500. The reason why I say that is the fold ship date was still more than a month off when the test results were coming in from the units that Samsung handed out. Those results as we all know were no encouraging. Plus at $1920 USD ($2600 CAD) price tag, many were waiting to see how things would turn out for this new foldable device. It's not like order for this device were kicking down Samsung's door.

18. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Samsung was planning on making 100,000 a month starting in late March. Considering the timing of the postponement, I would say there is anywhere between 20,000 to 80,000 Folds that were produced.

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Plans to make that many devices, and then to actually manufacturer that many foldable devices is completely another thing. Samsung released some folds to some tech reviewers and two days later, problems started cropping up with the foldable display. On April 14 pre-orders for the fold went live. Then on April 21 Samsung announced a delay on the folds delivery. On April 23 Samsung recalled all the tech reviewers foldable devices. Now if you think Samsung made 20,000 - 80,000 of these foldable smartphones and has them in a warehouse, then you are crazy.

30. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The release date was slated for April 26th. I think you’re delusional if you think a major company would have not had at least 20,000 to 80,000 on hand within days of it being shipped to consumers.

31. sgodsell

Posts: 7362; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Part of pre-orders is to test the waters for demand. If you think the fold is a high demand item at almost $2000 USD, then you delusional. Plus 2 days after they were in the hands of the media, there was problems. A week later Samsung delayed the release date with no plans of another release date. Samsung kept pre-orders going until May 31. AT&T cancelled their pre-orders May 24. So if you think they have almost $200 million USD worth of Galaxy folds in a warehouse. Then your just crazy.

32. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I never said there was a high demand. I just said that Samsung was preparing for 100,000 units per month to be produced. And considering that Samsung says the device is harder to produce due to the flexibility of the screen, reports that Samsung began producing the Fold in late March, and that they didn't announce the delay until around 5 days before the device was to be released (which you should read that as the 26th being the day it is in the customers hands) then yes there were at least 20,000 to 80,000 units that were produced.

33. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Also, just so you are aware the CEO of Samsung has already admitted that they were testing 2,000 Folds after the incident occurred. So your claim of "one thousand at most" is already proven to be false.

3. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

They should take advantage of this delay and install the new snapdragon 855+.

6. DolmioMan

Posts: 329; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

Yeah sure just open up the already manufactured Galaxy fold units, pop out the Snapdragon 855 and drop in the 855+, that’s exactly how phones work.

7. scarface21173

Posts: 687; Member since: Aug 17, 2014

The 855+ chip is the same chip as the 855 just overclocked.

27. boriqua2000

Posts: 258; Member since: Mar 11, 2009

Exactly

8. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Sgodsell must be really worried as Sammy spend millions again to produce and yet didn’t release. I bet they should give those fold as free for Note 10

11. lyndon420

Posts: 6785; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

And your beloved apple can't even make something as simple as a wireless charger to complement their wireless capable phones? lol

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Your beloved Samsung and Google can’t even build a wireless charger like the one Apple attempted to build. lol

14. Fred3

Posts: 521; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

lol this comeback comment was so horrible i actually laugh. Why do you have two accounts (iloveapps=apple-rulz)? That's pretty sad

16. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

lol this comeback comment was so horrible i actually laugh. First off stupid, I don't have a second account. Next, please link a power pad for sale like the one Apple was attempting to make, one where you can put ANY device ANYWHERE on the pad and it would charge.

19. TechNeck

Posts: 651; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You're making it sound as if they actually implemented that tech and sold the device.

22. lyndon420

Posts: 6785; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

He's reaching... searching for justification... he'll disappear soon as per usual.

20. lyndon420

Posts: 6785; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

OMG... whatever!!? Produce a link where apple is making a device capable of powering 'one' wireless device??! You can't lol Richest company on the planet can't even charge their own wireless devices.... wirelessly lol.

25. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Come on 420 loser, where are you? You disappeared on me. You’re as bad as idiot fred.

21. lyndon420

Posts: 6785; Member since: Jul 11, 2012

What apple 'attempted' to make but couldn't...means what exactly?? Are you seriously that blind and loyal to apple/pa??

23. apple-rulz

Posts: 2112; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Stop watching conspiracy videos 420 loser and link a charging pad for sale that can charge a watch and phone irregardless of where the devices are placed on the pad.

29. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Your beloved Sammy can’t even build an ecosystem like apple. Can’t even build their OS and make their phone snappy and buttery smooth after a year.

10. MsPooks

Posts: 118; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

Well...yeah, there's no way they're going to make the Note 10 compete with the Fold. Especially since the Fold is the more exciting device. I bet a "holiday season" release.

15. pmugghc

Posts: 46; Member since: May 11, 2014

Bloody clickbait headline. This was not any Samsung EXECUTIVE! It was a spokesperson from Samsung's Czeck & Slovak subsidiary!

17. Alcyone

Posts: 383; Member since: May 10, 2018

I agree. Use of ad blockers cuts off their chances of easy revenue for them. Gotta at least get clicks. Plus this click baiting writing will keep them at a B league job.

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