Samsung may have completed the Galaxy Fold 'redesign', but new release date remains under wraps

Samsung may have completed the Galaxy Fold 'redesign', but new release date remains under wraps
While Samsung CEO DJ Koh broke the silence earlier this week with his own personal feelings on the Galaxy Fold debacle, calling the whole thing "embarrassing" as a long overdue public mea culpa, confusion continues to be the first word that comes to our mind when talking about the oft-delayed foldable device that was supposed to revolutionize the mobile industry.

More than four months after it was formally unveiled and two and a half months on the heels of those shocking build quality issues being discovered on review units, we still have no idea when a refined, re-engineered Samsung Galaxy Fold is to be expected in stores (in limited numbers). That's probably because the company itself is unsure when the new product will be deemed ready for primetime, although for what it's worth, Bloomberg claims a "two-month redesign" operation aimed at fixing the "embarrassing screen failures" that forced the initial delay has been "completed."

All the issues are in the rearview mirror

According to the aforementioned publication's generally reliable inside sources (aka "people familiar with the matter"), Samsung has been able to iron out the two most important Galaxy Fold glitches, as revealed by that thorough teardown inspection a while back. Namely, the protective film covering the flexible display reportedly feels "more a natural part of the device rather than a detachable accessory" now, and more importantly, the hinge no longer protrudes from the actual screen, reducing the risk of debris getting stuck between the OLED panel and that rigid protector you can't peel off with as much ease as before.

That sounds pretty much ideal, but if Samsung only needed a couple of extra months to make these crucial improvements to the phone's durability, we're left wondering why the company rushed the Galaxy Fold to market in the first place. One possible answer is obviously the Huawei Mate X, which is now delayed as well, allowing Samsung to rigorously test its redesigned first foldable handset before properly releasing it to the "masses."

Of course, just because those two specific weaknesses have (allegedly) been fixed, that doesn't mean the Galaxy Fold 2.0 is a flawless device that will never break. After all, DJ Koh did suggest more issues were "defined" in the recent "process of recovery", including "some issues we didn't even think about", which are probably close to being ironed out as well.

Don't hold your breath for an August launch

Fearing a repeat of the catastrophic incidents reported back in April would completely bury the Galaxy Fold and hurt the immense potential of foldable smartphones in general, Samsung is taking its time (for once) to thoroughly assess the durability and reliability of the "re-upholstered" product. That rules out a re-release by the end of this month and also makes an announcement alongside the Galaxy Note 10 family early next month highly unlikely.

Then again, if the company does manage to eliminate the small gaps between the screen and its bezels, strengthen the plastic protector, and "reduce the chance of a crease developing in the middle of the screen over time", as Bloomberg's sources claim, the resulting gadget sounds like something that deserves its own announcement event. We highly doubt the second  version of the Galaxy Fold will be perfect on every level, but if it can come close to perfection, nay, day-to-day functionality, it might be the start of that revolution envisioned by Samsung almost a decade ago.

Bottom line, even if the Galaxy Fold ends up seeing daylight dangerously close to the "crucial holiday season" (like, say, in October), it should be considered a success story and not an "embarrassment"... as long as it works. 

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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)



1. legar123

Posts: 70; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

Best phone ever! Innovation at its best. The response was so overwhelming that Samsung re-released this phone for a second time! The previous Samsung phone that was re-released was the equally successful Note 7!

3. umaru-chan

Posts: 377; Member since: Apr 27, 2017

Ha ha ha. Great use of sarcasm.

5. Scott93274

Posts: 6042; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

You had me rolling my eyes at the start of your comment, then laughing by the end. I don't really care for the design of the phone, but I have to hand it to Samsung, they are not afraid to do something different, and for all the nonsense they'd made in the past, a lot of features stuck around and influencd other devices and even Stock Android.

7. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Nice! The redesigned version will blow everyone away.

11. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

There was plans for a limited release for the Galaxy Fold and there was a limited re-release for the Note 7 (called the Note FE, and 400k-450k were released, I can't remember the exact number.) So your sarcasm speaks some truth, and they were both too expensive and would self destruct.

2. surethom

Posts: 1748; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Take your time Samsung, Folding phone's & tablets will only be a small percentage of the market but are not a fad, so get it right before releasing. It will take up to version 3 to truly be prime time.

4. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

Well, as I read, the redesign probably involves doing it again, but this time outwards-folding like Huawei.

6. Victor.H

Posts: 1104; Member since: May 27, 2011

Which in itself is a really bad idea as the screen would scratch so easily. All of these definitely seem like products that need more time to mature before being ready for release.

12. matistight

Posts: 1054; Member since: May 13, 2009

As long as it doesn't scratch as easy as the Moto Z2 Force, we should be good lol

8. oldskool50 unregistered

That's false. They are making a separate device that could have an outward folding display. That's not the original Fold. Maybe you should learn how to read, before you claim you read something. But in fact that isn't what you read. You need to go back and read it again.

10. Cat97

Posts: 2022; Member since: Mar 02, 2017

The "original Fold" doesn't exist yet, just a lousy prototype for the press, so whatever phone will be released first to the customers will be the original Fold. But it was too embarrassing to admit, so they made up a story for the naive.

9. aegislash

Posts: 1536; Member since: Jan 27, 2015

We haven’t even gotten a truly bezel-less phone with in-display camera yet, for gosh sakes. Why the sudden need to release a foldable? Work on perfecting the current device trend, and then begin treading new waters.

13. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 152; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

I'll wait for the fold 2

14. WAusJackBauer

Posts: 456; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

Quality assurance doesn't exist these days, it's hilarious

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