Don't worry, the Galaxy Note 10 launch will not be impacted by Samsung's Galaxy Fold issues

Don't worry, the Galaxy Note 10 launch will not be impacted by Samsung's Galaxy Fold issues
The Galaxy Fold launch saga is still far from over, even after a top Samsung executive made a bold and surprising statement on the record last week, hinting that the company's first-ever foldable device could start selling any day now rather than waiting until August, September, or even later to make its highly anticipated commercial debut.

Unfortunately, the world's number one smartphone vendor has yet to attach an official and firm (re-) release date to the name of the Galaxy Fold, but if you perhaps feared this endless uncertainty would impact the Galaxy Note 10 lineup in any way, there's apparently no reason to worry whatsoever.

Different projects, different timelines, different objectives

The Korea Herald is quoting an unnamed "Samsung official" today as claiming the Note 10 will have "its own timeline for its debut in August, regardless of the Galaxy Fold's launch schedule." That makes perfect sense if you think about it, because as seriously as the company might be taking the foldable concept, it's obviously not investing all its time and resources into making it work right away.

In the short run, it's far more important to release the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Pro in a timely manner, as the bulk of the tech giant's high-end smartphone sales in the second half of 2019 are naturally expected to come from its "mainstream" flagship. Hence, no matter what difficulties engineers working on Galaxy Fold "stabilization" have been facing, the main priority of a different, presumably larger R&D team is still the Note 10.

All that being said, we have to point out today's Korean media report feels somewhat unusual. After all, no one seemed to think there was the slightest chance the Galaxy Note 10 could be delayed due to build quality issues with the Galaxy Fold... until now. Now we're thinking there must be a reason why this Samsung official felt the need to essentially deny a rumor that never existed. 

Maybe the company simply wants to cover all its bases, aiming to avoid an unfounded speculation storm internally seen as inevitable. Or perhaps stalling the Note 10 was actually considered as a possible game plan before deciding the timelines will be kept separate. At the end of the day, we'll probably never know what happened behind the scenes.

Could the Galaxy Fold still beat the Note 10 to market?

We know, it's painful to even ask that question if you think back to the original Galaxy Fold ETA. In April, when the foldable device was initially supposed to ship to its earliest adopters, rumors about Galaxy Note 10 design revisions were still vague and largely unsubstantiated. Now we know pretty much everything there is to know about the Note 10 duo (quartet?), and yes, we could definitely see the next S Pen-wielding big thing arrive in stores earlier than the first-ever foldable Samsung gadget.

But once again, this saga is not over yet, as according to a "company insider" also quoted by The Korea Herald today, "company officials are actively testing the foldable devices with user trial versions as they are reporting errors occurring in various settings." That suggests there might still be a little refinement work left, but if these "active tests" move forward at a decent pace, there's plenty of time left for a July launch (at least in South Korea).

As far as the Galaxy Note 10 is concerned, its August 7 announcement is not etched in stone right now, but it certainly looks extremely likely. You can pretty much bet the farm on an early August introduction, followed by a global commercial rollout before the month ends.

Related phones

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)
Galaxy Note 10
  • Display 6.3" 1080 x 2280 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 256 GB
  • Battery 3500 mAh



1. Mike88

Posts: 436; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Will the fold release will impacted by Note 10?? They won't like to ruin Note 10 release with a failed device like fold

2. LiveFaith

Posts: 487; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

I'm sure the Fold will not be allowed to steal the thunder of the Note. So, my guess would be 4-6 weeks later for the experimental / beta device. The Note series is an important money maker. Also, rumors are out about the Fold2 coming sooner than a year after the F1. If true, and if Sammy expects the Fold series to make real market traction, then they'll give it a more balanced release schedule so as to not impact the Note or S cycles. My Note8 is still functioning like the beast it was 2 years ago. I'm having a hard time finding a real reason to upgrade to the 10. Yeah, it's better in every way and they look to be bringing the smaller version finally. But the 8 is still so good, that I can't justify burning $1K for it. I've got the $$$, but outside the first week of ogling the device, I can't see it changing anything in my world. Smaller form factor is the only thing compelling me really. Can someone convince me otherwise?

3. Mike88

Posts: 436; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Yeah it'll be slowed down by Note 10 release, it'll start heating up and lagging after next update then you'll have to update even if you don't want or have to keep using an annoying device... It's my personal experience with every android phone I've used and 90% of them were Samsung flagships...wait and watch

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