Samsung Galaxy Fold release keeps getting delayed, as July also seems unlikely now

Samsung Galaxy Fold release keeps getting delayed, as July also seems unlikely now
As if the original release of Samsung's highly anticipated first foldable smartphone wasn't messy enough, with review units catastrophically and unexpectedly damaged after just a couple of days of light usage, ultimately forcing an indefinite delay, said delay isn't exactly being handled in the greatest, most transparent way.

A thick cloud of confusion has been hovering over the Galaxy Fold ever since the groundbreaking device literally started breaking, as a new launch date announcement was initially expected within a couple of weeks of Samsung's acknowledgment of "some issues." But just like in the classic Tom Hanks starrer "The Money Pit", the company's promise to clear everything up in "two weeks" kept repeating itself, drawing increasingly frustrated reactions from potential buyers and general foldable concept enthusiasts.


What's worse is that the latest Korean media report scraps this bogus optimism altogether, crushing our hopes of getting an official update on a revised release schedule in the next two weeks... or more.

Little to no progress since April


Remember more than a month ago when CEO Koh Dong-jin claimed Samsung's investigation of Galaxy Fold defects was pretty much completed and a "conclusion" on the re-release was expected to be reached in a "couple of days"? That last part obviously didn't happen, but according to an unnamed Samsung official quoted by The Korea Herald today, the part about the investigation and improvement process being nearly over was not true either.


In fact, said official claims "nothing has progressed since the April delay", which sounds really bad. At the same time, the bleak statement comes into direct conflict with multiple reports, rumors, and announcements in recent weeks. While a firm timeline is probably not in place yet, describing the situation as completely stagnant since April seems like a gross misrepresentation of the facts.

After all, Samsung knows exactly what was wrong with those feeble devices from a couple of months back. A simple teardown and examination of the Galaxy Fold's structural durability was enough to reveal its key weaknesses. Of course, fixing said flaws is much trickier than merely noticing them, but Samsung purportedly managed to strengthen the display and protective plastic layer applied on top of it, as well as minimize the gaps between said layer and the phone's bezels.


Still, it is true that scheduling a press event by the end of this month to talk about a re-release and improved foldable design is starting to seem more and more unlikely. And the same unfortunately goes for an early July commercial rollout.

The Galaxy Note 10 is drawing near


If Samsung doesn't pull off a July launch, which is what this new report is hinting at, the company may as well re-release the Galaxy Fold alongside the Galaxy Note 10 in August. More specifically, on or around August 10. We know, that seems incredibly far away, but why rush the product out if little progress has indeed been made on the reinforcement front?


It's not like Huawei, Xiaomi, Motorola or anyone else is expected to actually ship a working foldable device to consumers anytime soon. Heck, Samsung could probably delay the Galaxy Fold until October or November and it still wouldn't do much damage to the company's pioneering status in this category predicted to revolutionize the mobile industry as a whole... one day.

Besides, showcasing a tougher, fully functional Galaxy Fold next to a Note 10 that's shaping up to be almost as eye-catching could take some pressure off a cutting-edge product that's quickly turning into a joke. Bottom line, the best thing Samsung could do right now is stop offering us conflicting information and unrealistic timelines. The company should just do what needs to be done about the Galaxy Fold in silence and then surprise us with an actually usable device.

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  • 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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11 Comments

1. AlienKiss

Posts: 200; Member since: May 21, 2019

I still think that the front display is way too small. But what makes me NOT want to buy it is the lack of the 3.5mm jack and no SD card slot. WTF Samsung? The phone is huge and you couldn't find the place for the SD card and a jack? Especially now that UHS-II SD cards are available.. If Samsung is ditching the 3.5mm jack on the Note series I'm going back to Sony. At least they offer excellent update services (the same level as Google, not LG)

3. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 730; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

It's almost a certainty now that the Note won't have a headphone jack. I'm not a fan either, but we all knew this would eventually happen. In regard to the lack of SD on the Fold though, is half a TB not enough for you or is there some other concern?

11. AlienKiss

Posts: 200; Member since: May 21, 2019

It's not the storage space that interest me, it's the storage location. Having a very good SD card is just brilliant. I can hard reset the phone 100 times per day and never need a single backup. Or if my phone breaks beyond repair, I just pop up the SD card and place it in another phone. On the internal memory I only install apps. I can manage with 64GB or 128GB just fine. No cloud service, no internet, no cables, no syncing needed. Also, for 2000 bucks I expect it to have it all (floppy disk included :)))

8. oldskool50 unregistered

What makes me not want to buy... It folds...that's problem #1 Its "pretty" ugly problem #2 It's pointless problem #3 It's stupid #4 It's cool but terrible executed #5

2. iloveapps

Posts: 855; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

This isn’t surprising. Rushing a product to the market is just really bad. Half baked always tend to be a failure. They should test this for about 10years.

5. Alcyone

Posts: 488; Member since: May 10, 2018

We're all aware you're a loyal iOS user and love Apples products. However, Apple can't even get 5g started, even if it's in it infancy. So, I do believe you have no room to talk. Apple isn't even concerned about the present (5g), much less thinking of an advanced technology.

10. Mike88

Posts: 437; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

We all know how superior Apple is compared to all Android phones including Samsung, right??

7. hjl2345

Posts: 90; Member since: Aug 11, 2018

Well you know, the Galaxy fold was also in development for 8 years. To add another 10 years to that, you might as well consider this the Airpower from Samsung. Honestly, these kind of mistakes are just sometimes never able to be found in lab environments. At least now they know what the issues are and addressing them (albeit a bit slow imo) will eventually help Samsung. I really am looking forward to try the 2nd or 3rd generation of the Galaxy fold.

9. oldskool50 unregistered

Test for 10 years? Good thing you don't own a business. Are you even 10 yet? It's funny how you attack Samsung, but what about your favorites? How many products and versions of IoS have they released that weren't ready, poorly constructed and riddled with issues?

4. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

It may be viewed as big deain this article but in reality, this is just a small issue. Being delayed or cancelled is better than getting duped. Take your time samsung, straight out the curls before selling fold to the public.

6. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

This is what happens when people misinterpret the meaning of competition. Some competition is good to keep innovation going, but there can be also very counter-productive. It's clear that Samsung and Huawei have been breathing behind each other's neck for some time now and both they rushed the folding phones to beat each other to the punch. So Samsung released the Galaxy Fold in a half-baked state, hoping to do so before Huawei. Now with the Huawei US ban making the global release of the Mate X unlikely, at Samsung they feel that they can catch a breath and actually work on the device. This is what happens when competition is not accompanied by work ethics. And to be honest I don't think much of the business ethics of either Samsung nor Huawei.

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