Samsung announces September launch of the Galaxy Fold

Samsung announces September launch of the Galaxy Fold
Samsung has announced tonight that it expects to launch the delayed Samsung Galaxy Fold in September. The device was supposed to be released on April 26th, but several issues popped up causing the manufacturer to halt the launch. While the Royale FlexPai beat it to the market last year, the Galaxy Fold was going to be the first foldable offered by a major phone manufacturer. And it still could snag that honor depending on when in September both the Galaxy Fold and Huawei's Mate X are each officially released.

The delay forced Best Buy and AT&T to cancel pre-orders and refund any money that was paid to reserve the phone. Samsung itself agreed to do the same unless it received an email from a customer asking the manufacturer to keep his or her pre-order open.

Samsung Electronics chief D.J. Koh admitted earlier this month that it rushed out the Galaxy Fold. Influencers who received review units were peeling off a layer of plastic film on the device's internal 7.3-inch display, thinking that it was similar to the plastic that one would pull off the display on a newly purchased smartphone. However, Samsung had included a warning with the packaging of these units that told influencers not to peel the film off the screen. Those who failed to heed the warning found that the display no longer worked. Another influencer found a bulge on his Galaxy Fold's internal screen that was caused when some debris entered an opening at the top of the device's hinge. And other review units just stopped working for no apparent reason.


When Samsung went back to the drawing board, it extended the protective layer of the Galaxy Fold past its bezels. This should make it clear that the film is not be peeled off. And protection caps added to the top and bottom of the hinge are designed to prevent any debris from entering the device through this part. Additionally, metal layers have been added underneath the Infinity Flex Display to reinforce the display, and Samsung also reduced the space between the hinge and the body. Besides fixing these hardware problems, the manufacturer is optimizing more apps for the phone's foldable UI.

With final tests taking place, the company says that it will launch the Galaxy Fold in select markets starting in September. It says that more details about product availability will be made public as Samsung gets closer to releasing the phone.


Also due out in September is the Huawei Mate X. An outwards folding smartphone as opposed to the inwards folding Galaxy Fold, the Mate X was originally supposed to be launched in June, but will now hit the market no later than September. Since the device was unveiled in February, it will still come with the Google Play services version of Android installed even though Huawei remains unable to access its U.S. supply chain. Google has cut ties with Huawei, but it had already licensed the Mate X prior to the ban.

One major issue that neither Samsung nor Huawei can fix with an update is the pricing of their foldable phones. The Galaxy Fold costs $1,980 for the 4G version and the 5G variant will reportedly command a $150 premium. It isn't clear when the 5G model will launch although South Korea is expected to get it first. The Huawei Mate X, which won't be sold in the states, is 5G enabled and is priced at the equivalent of $2,600 USD.

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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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26 Comments

1. Ichimoku

Posts: 173; Member since: Nov 18, 2018

now, this is interesting news.

11. Mike88

Posts: 435; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

It was important to make this claim before Note 10 launch otherwise people will say so many bad things about note related to Note 7 and fold. So they just said it now and it may never come out in September once note will be launched, without issues as they hope.

16. tedkord

Posts: 17387; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I'm sure that made sense in your head.

18. apple-rulz

Posts: 2176; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Stop being so nasty teddy, the person you're mocking may not have English has a first language.

19. TechNeck

Posts: 654; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You're making that sound like it's a bad thing

23. Vancetastic

Posts: 1510; Member since: May 17, 2017

From your comment, it appears that English may not be your first language as well.

2. tangbunna

Posts: 480; Member since: Sep 29, 2016

September : Relaunch. October : Recall. November : Announce Cancellation. December : Leaked New Fold Design January : New Fold Announce. February : New Fold on sell March : New Fold Recall.

5. hopper

Posts: 78; Member since: May 08, 2017

well u just leaked their roadmap. HOW COULD YOU

8. VasiliS7

Posts: 202; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Don't bet on that you lose all your money.

3. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Good news beta testers.

4. hopper

Posts: 78; Member since: May 08, 2017

lol....i'm crying

13. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

Good news beta testers... the device is now prime!

17. Xavier1415

Posts: 207; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

how was the iphone X beta?

21. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Still buttery smooth than any android flagships.

22. Vancetastic

Posts: 1510; Member since: May 17, 2017

You obviously don’t have one...

25. apple-rulz

Posts: 2176; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Neither do you.

26. Vancetastic

Posts: 1510; Member since: May 17, 2017

Guess again, Scooter.

28. apple-rulz

Posts: 2176; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Scooter? You old creep, don’t give me cutesy names! Now you’ve joined loser420 in the weirdo category.

30. TBomb

Posts: 1549; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

Urban Dictionary says: "To take up a more than reasonable amount of space so that one is able to go lone wolf and have no one around them." I think he's saying you have no friends.

31. Vancetastic

Posts: 1510; Member since: May 17, 2017

Why are you so sensitive? Is “Teddy” not a cutesy nickname? I thought you liked that sort of thing.

10. Icent55

Posts: 80; Member since: Nov 02, 2017

Phonearena.com your wish finally will not come to pass I know you wish the fold was never relaunched but see, Samsung is no joke. Haha

12. berns

Posts: 36; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

pass as yet, as I don't see a very convincing reason to jump in a foldable phone that my current smart phone can't do, and as I'm not into watching movies on the run, other than browsing phonearena, I have no other reasons yet. ;)

20. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I guess those iDiots are not too happy that the Folds will still be released. Their wish did not come true for the Folds to fail.

24. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 146; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

I'll wait for the fold 2. No notch, chin or forehead with an s pen.

29. vgking9699

Posts: 194; Member since: Mar 01, 2019

Also with a $2500 price tag lol

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