The Galaxy Fold is 'ready to hit the market' all of a sudden, at least according to one Samsung exec

The Galaxy Fold is 'ready to hit the market' all of a sudden, at least according to one Samsung exec
Just when you may have thought the drama surrounding Samsung's oft-delayed Galaxy Fold launch hit a peak level, a senior company executive is adding to the intrigue and confusion today. Technically, Kim Seong-cheol works for Samsung Display rather than Samsung Electronics, but as a Vice President of the latter's screen-making subsidiary, one would expect him to be very familiar with the situation of the Korean giant's highly anticipated first foldable device.

According to Kim, the Galaxy Fold is "ready to hit the market", as "most" of its display problems "have been ironed out." This is merely the latest in a long line of conflicting official statements on the matter of the phone's release and "stabilization" efforts, differing wildly from the view of an unnamed Samsung employee who claimed just a few days ago nothing had "progressed since the April delay."

Why so cryptic?


Before getting too excited about the newest development in the Galaxy Fold release saga, it's worth noting the ambiguity of Kim's statements as quoted by The Korea Herald's The Investor. To our knowledge, there were only two things wrong with Samsung's foldable smartphone. One, the protective layer applied on top of the flexible display looked far too similar to a regular plastic screen protector, peeling off too easily and causing almost immediate and irreparable damage. Second, there was a noticeable gap between said layer and the product's screen bezels, which made it easy for debris to enter into direct contact with the fragile plastic display.


Bottom line, Samsung seemingly had two (pretty big) problems to solve, "most" of which have apparently been ironed out. Even leaving out the "how" of the equation, that prompts more questions than it answers. Did Samsung only manage to properly fix one of the issues, leaving the other partially unrepaired? If so, which of the two has gone away completely and which one do we still need to keep an eye out for? Worse yet, did Samsung discover additional vulnerabilities, "most" of which have already been fixed?

That's all up in the air right now, but apparently, the Galaxy Fold is "ready to hit the market", at least from the theoretical standpoint of this Samsung Display exec.

Still no new release date announced


Remember when "more specific shipping information" was supposed to come in "two weeks"? How about when CEO Koh Dong-jin promised a "conclusion" on the revised launch schedule would be reached in "a couple of days?" At least we're not getting a similarly empty promise today. In fact, we're not getting anything in terms of a potential new date or timeline, which might be for the best.


But if the Galaxy Fold is indeed "ready", our hopes for a July commercial debut are reborn all of a sudden. At the latest, it sounds like the groundbreaking device should see daylight alongside the Galaxy Note 10 in August. That's hardly ideal for a product initially scheduled to hit US stores in April, but it would still most likely beat the Huawei Mate X to the commercial punch.

Then again, if we are to believe Huawei's official motivation for its own lengthy foldable phone delay, the Galaxy Fold could ultimately land in September as well. The embattled Chinese tech giant says things like network certification and carrier testing are actually holding off the Mate X, and the same stuff might end up impacting the launch timetable of the Galaxy Fold too. Whenever the Fold does become available, Samsung Display's Vice President expects it to "receive a lot of attention in the market." Let's hope it will be the good type of attention this time around rather than negative buzz generated by unforeseen incidents and catastrophic screen damage.

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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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15 Comments

1. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Good luck beta testers.

4. VasiliS7

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Thank you. I am a beta tester and I like it.

6. MEeee

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Thank you. Good luck waiting for your $3000 iFold.

7. Larry_ThaGr81

Posts: 589; Member since: May 26, 2011

$3000 is laughable, if Apple has it's name on the product we should expect a folding phone to go for no less than $5000.

8. MEeee

Posts: 403; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

I guess you're right. Mac monitor stand is already cost $1000.

10. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

At least $4000 for sure.

14. iloveapps

Posts: 715; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Apple’ Stand cost $1000 which will last for 10,000 years while your Galaxy Fail cost $2000 that lasted 2 days.

15. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

You are comparing a stand that will rarely be moved, to a device that will be used 100's of times per day. Yeah a completely stupid analogy. I can buy a stand for $30 that will last 10,000+ and it could be made of plastic or metal. So it doesn't justify Apple charging $1000. Because I have had custom stands made that are decorative that didn't cost me more than $200 each. Apple folding phone is gonna cost double and it won't last any longer than what you're eluding too. Such a Samsung hater! You do know EVERYTHING you ever apply to Samsung, applies to everyone else, good or bad? Right?

9. Alcyone

Posts: 257; Member since: May 10, 2018

Haha. Beta testing is one of the better things a company can allow consumers to do. Beta Pie for my s9+ was great, took feedback and implemented alot of requests. I'd rather have slower updates with usable add-ons, than half baked bug filled updates every week. When the ifold comes out, if ever (think ait power), the majority of consumers won't wanna pay $2k plus for it. The $1k display stand and the jokes on that speak for it. Sell your kidney now, and start picking up change, boy.

11. oldskool50

Posts: 962; Member since: Mar 29, 2019

They act like Apple has. Ever released beta products. Any product 1.0 is a beta product, regardless of brand. All these hypocrites is so annoying

2. legar123

Posts: 41; Member since: Mar 26, 2019

The best phone of the year. Beats all the crap Huawei, Apple and LG have been putting out!

3. phljcnth

Posts: 553; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

Can't wait to purchase the Fold, my S10+ suddenly felt very old. It's quite frustrating that Samsung can't even give us a lead time on the release.

5. S4NDY

Posts: 225; Member since: Mar 14, 2016

I don't think its ready to market http://m.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20190614000553

12. matistight

Posts: 956; Member since: May 13, 2009

Send it to me to review. I won't try to destroy it like the dumb reviewers did

13. berns

Posts: 8; Member since: Jun 07, 2014

We could not say yet that this would be the best phone, although a first of a kind from Samsung for foldable phone, for I think, at its first version, the screen is not yet good enough to stand up to normal wear and tear from daily use, it is too flimsy to get abused, it is better off to hold over for a while and wait for later generation.

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