Samsung needs more time to 'stabilize' the Galaxy Fold, making a June release unlikely

Samsung needs more time to 'stabilize' the Galaxy Fold, making a June release unlikely
We always knew it would take quite some time for foldable mobile devices to break into the mainstream and reach wide-scale global adoption, but we never thought we'd have to wait so long for the first batch of these game-changing products to go from official announcement to (limited) commercial release.

After all, Samsung seemed pretty confident back in February that the Galaxy Fold could hit US stores by the end of April, while Huawei repeatedly promised the Mate X would see daylight in June, at least in the tech giant's homeland. Of course, a lot of unforeseen events unfolded (pun intended) since then, endangering the very existence of the Huawei Mate X, as well as forcing Samsung to go back to the drawing board and quickly try to figure out ways to improve the endurance of an inherently flawed design.

But as it turns out, the world's largest smartphone vendor may have rushed (yet again) and expressed unrealistic optimism regarding a launch schedule that remains impossible to predict.

June is just a pipe dream


Although it's true that the company's executives never explicitly said the Galaxy Fold would be (re-) released next month, CEO Koh Dong-Jin certainly hinted in that direction a few weeks ago, claiming a "conclusion" on the revised timeline was coming in a "couple of days." That was obviously not the case, and according to a new Yonhap News report (translated), we may need to wait an extra few weeks for Samsung to ultimately reach its "conclusion."


That's because the company rapidly identified the cause of the phone's tragic breakdowns at the hands of select reviewers, bloggers, and influencers (as we all did), but reportedly found actually fixing the problems to be no easy task. "Quality stabilization work" is naturally well underway, but the whole design improvement effort is now expected to take significantly longer than initially planned.

The thing is it remains unclear exactly when will Samsung be able to strengthen the display and reduce the gaps between the bezels and plastic protective layer applied on top of the Galaxy Fold's screen to satisfactory levels. As such, the best guess Korean media can venture in regards to a new launch is... not in June. Carriers are barely expected to receive a fresh batch of units around mid-June for network compatibility and certification purposes, and there's now a very good chance the Galaxy Fold will hit Korea before it eventually comes to the US.

Huawei's woes could help the Galaxy Fold achieve its full potential


Being first to a market segment forecasted to revolutionize a stagnant industry can be important. But it's not all that matters and Samsung is finally realizing that... now that Huawei's incredible growth has been stopped dead in its tracks. Even though the Mate X could still be released in China pretty soon, no one knows if there's a future for Huawei products outside of the world's largest smartphone market.

That should lift a great deal of pressure from Samsung's shoulders, which is now working under the assumption the Galaxy Fold will be first in the Western Hemisphere even if it launches in August or September. Unless Motorola or Xiaomi pull a rabbit out of their hats, which seems highly unlikely.


Bottom line, we fully expect Samsung to take its time "stabilizing the quality of parts, including film and display parts" to make sure the Galaxy Fold 2.0 won't collapse as easily and as embarrassingly as the first version shipped to reviewers. It's getting clearer and clearer that Best Buy might have had more inside information than it let on when canceling all existing pre-orders without giving customers an alternative. 

Meanwhile, you still have a couple of days to expressly request Samsung keep your order and fulfil it whenever ready if said pre-order was made on the company's official US website and you're willing to wait until July (at the earliest).

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10 Comments

1. strawberry

Posts: 123; Member since: Feb 20, 2019

I think abandon it and release Fold 2 in year 2020 better.

2. VasiliS7

Posts: 203; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

No, we need people to help Samsung on resolving as many problems as they can. So the release is the best way to have a more stable Fold 2.

8. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 740; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

And how would the people help samsung if the price tag is already a wallet killer?

3. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 593; Member since: May 26, 2011

My preferred choice since the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has always been Samsung. As a Samsung supporter, I'm saying they need to go back to the drawing board because the whole hinge and gap thing is problematic, poorly designed and ugly. Who would have ever imagined that removing a film from this device would completely destroy its ability to be used? For damn near $2000, these kinds of issues shouldn't exist period. I'm going to have to side with strawberry on this. Samsung needs to not only protect their reputation but also look out for their consumer base. All will be forgiven if they decide to pull the plug on this device before its official release. I can't say the same if they decide to officially release this device and consumers continue having similar type issues despite Samsung efforts to address them before the official release date.

4. okinalex

Posts: 20; Member since: Feb 02, 2017

Just release de version 2.0 on 2020.

5. midan

Posts: 3124; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

Why won't they just cancel it already, this goes just like i said two months ago. They postpone it over and over again and eventually cancel it because it would have to perfect and there can't be any problems when it finally arrives and they can't take that risk after what happened with the fold already.

9. Vancetastic

Posts: 1780; Member since: May 17, 2017

Why do you care? You weren’t going to buy it.

6. DolmioMan

Posts: 346; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

It was never ready to be released. That’ll teach Samsung for testing their products in a sterile environment, they should’ve tested it with pocket sand as well.

7. legar123

Posts: 64; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Soon you will be begging for the Galaxy Fold with its revolutionary Vibranium reinforced screen and powered titanium-infinity hinges!

10. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This is totally an epic fail. Where’s the Sammy fans now?

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