There's more bad news to report on the Samsung Galaxy Fold re-release front

There's more bad news to report on the Samsung Galaxy Fold re-release front
In addition to the US and Korea, which were the first markets confirmed to get the groundbreaking Galaxy Fold, Samsung promised (limited) availability across 15 specific European countries as well a number of months ago. While the company's first-ever foldable smartphone was slated to make its global debut on April 26, the initial expansion to the old continent was supposed to happen a week later, which sounded like a very ambitious schedule.

Unfortunately, the catastrophic issues encountered by several review units sent to select journalists and influencers led to an indefinite delay... which has yet to be "defined." After hearing a bunch of conflicting statements from company officials and relaying confusing media reports sometimes calling for an imminent re-release and sometimes... not, some investigative work conducted by the folks over at SamMobile is now giving birth to a new rumor.

This actually seems plausible and logical (for a change), but alas, it does not tackle the thorny question of a revised launch timeline in any way.

People in certain countries may have to wait longer than others


If the latest firmware testing hints are to be trusted (and they usually are), Samsung might be narrowing the scope of its Galaxy Fold re-release plans by eliminating a few markets from the original list. That could mean the device will simply see daylight a little later in those countries than the US and South Korea or never expand beyond a handful of major markets. Obviously, we're hoping the former theory will ultimately pan out, but right now, nothing is etched in stone.

 

There's even a chance the Galaxy Fold will be canceled altogether, as the company realizes the product's reputation is irreparably harmed and we're all better off with a fresh start. All in all, however, the most realistic scenario today appears to call for a limited debut of the first-gen Fold in the US and Korea, as well as the UK, Germany, France, and India sometime in the next couple of months, followed by (similarly limited) sales in Italy, the Netherlands, and other "smaller" markets... eventually.

Basically, the evidence that points in this direction is Samsung's "scaled-back" firmware development work in "countries like Italy and the Netherlands" lately compared to tests being actively performed across the bigger markets listed above. In other words, the company is setting humbler goals for the Galaxy Fold re-release, which is not necessarily a bad thing.

If all the problems are solved, why is the Galaxy Fold not out yet?


That, our friends, is the million billion-dollar question, and unfortunately, we can only theorize a number of possible answers for the time being. The first that comes to mind is a sense of caution that Samsung should have really exhibited the first time around as well. In other words, perhaps the Galaxy Fold has indeed "aced" its latest endurance tests, but the company is taking more time to repeat said tests and make sure once and for all that the final device will be robust enough for day-to-day use. Or maybe there's more to the quality assurance story.


Perhaps the original issues have been fixed, but Samsung needs to take care of new ones. This is a theory partly supported by several executives, who revealed in recent months that previously unknown vulnerabilities were discovered during the "stabilization" process. Unfortunately, the exact nature of these problems was never disclosed.

Last but certainly not least, it's possible Samsung's focus has shifted of late, as the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ are right around the corner. Globally releasing a "mainstream" new flagship duo takes time and resources, which might be preventing the Galaxy Fold from receiving all of the company's attention and dedication. 

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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 3G talk time)

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15 Comments

1. User123456789

Posts: 1084; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

All this just to say: - We were the first !!! Except the fact a small company showcased their prototype way ealier. Now tons of issues. This device should have been flip phone. Now it is phone-wannabe, tablet-wannabe but worse than both.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I don't know if they should make a flip phone or not, but my biggest issues with this device was just how small the screen sizes were. Why would you want to pay $2,000 for a 4.6 inch screen that folds out to a 7.3 inch one with a huge notch at the top? If they had made the device wider when closed they could've easily made a 5+ inch front screen with a 9 inch tablet inside.

11. Plutonium239

Posts: 1239; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The 7.3 inch screen is larger than that number would normally imply due to the different aspect ratio.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2475; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

It doesn’t matter. It’s still a smaller screen than an iPad mini and you’re paying $2000 for it. And that’s 7.3 inches without taking into consideration the notch.

2. Phullofphil

Posts: 1828; Member since: Feb 10, 2009

Probably don’t want sales being robbed from the note by fold sales and well both ways

3. TBomb

Posts: 1632; Member since: Dec 28, 2012

That's probably part of it. you can't just release a phone again because it's ready. These things require timing and positioning. Especially after a PR blunder like the device had earlier. Samsung is going to play it safe/smart if anything - not just push it out because "it's ready"

4. DolmioMan

Posts: 345; Member since: Jan 08, 2018

They never should’ve announced the fold as a final product, they should’ve just manufactured a few and sent them out to reviewers for field testing.

5. Fred3

Posts: 574; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

Yeah. This should have just been a prototype

6. Cat97

Posts: 1970; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

No one will be waiting for this, it is fatally flawed design-wise. A much better design is needed.

7. AlienKiss

Posts: 241; Member since: May 21, 2019

The idea of starting fresh with a different design and extra features would be great! For such a "big" and expensive device, it should have the 3.5mm jack, the SD card slot (especially when Samsung makes it's own) and also a bigger front display (if they keep the same design). I wouldn't mind having no display at all on the front, maybe just some leds for notifications or just a bar display like old-school phones. 2 displays = smaller battery life and capacity.

9. iloveapps

Posts: 909; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

As usual with Samsung products. Problems occur every month until its unusable. Their Galaxy S10 series tons of problems, camera, battery, performance, apps and OS. Their support to a specific phone is very limited because they have to take care of hundreds of models with issues too.

10. mudcat626

Posts: 230; Member since: Jul 13, 2016

Waiting on Apple........

12. Venom

Posts: 3782; Member since: Dec 14, 2017

This folding nonsense is a stupid gimmick to begin with. I don't see the practicality of it at all.

13. Xavier1415

Posts: 216; Member since: Feb 26, 2012

This article didn't last long lol Galaxy Fold comes out in September

14. adashti

Posts: 1; Member since: Jul 24, 2019

Extreme negative article, very poor source of information. Phonearena. com shouldn't list it.

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