Samsung should just cancel the Galaxy Fold

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Samsung should just cancel the Galaxy Fold
In keeping with the tradition of the last few years, Samsung couldn't wait for the IFA trade show in Berlin, taking the wraps off the Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10+ at a special New York event several weeks ago. But surprise, surprise, it seems the company might have something exciting planned for next week's kick-off of the European consumer electronics exhibition as well.

Of course, the excitement surrounding the Galaxy Fold took a big hit when influencers started breaking units which were supposed to withstand 200,000 open-and-close actions. An indefinite delay and months of uncertainty followed, as Samsung totally bungled a "stabilization" process that really should have been carried out long before pre-orders got underway.

You could say it's better to fix these things late than never, but I'm here to argue Samsung's first-generation foldable device needs to be put down. Canceled. Nixed. Killed with fire. The Galaxy Fold is an experiment gone wrong, and neither the market, nor consumers have anything to gain from a tardy, limited, and pointless release. Here's why.

The chain of trust has already been broken once

Does anyone remember the Galaxy Note 7? I'm sure Samsung would like to forget about it, as evidenced by that neat, amnesia-stricken infographic last year, but folks who've been following the mobile tech scene for more than a couple of years certainly 'member the 2016 PR fiasco. You might have also noticed that Samsung somehow came back stronger after a major scandal that would have probably compromised the reputation of almost any other smartphone vendor.

Now, I'm not saying the Galaxy Fold issues were as bad as the Note 7 explosions, but they were still pretty bad. And they impacted an infinitely pricier product that has no direct rival in the market or an obligation to carry the company's high-end handset sales on its shoulders until the next Galaxy S-series flagship is released. It's fairly obvious Samsung was able to recover so quickly from the Note 7 debacle because it never considered a re-launch.

The company messed up, immediately took the blame, and solemnly vowed to do better, which it did. Now fast-forward to the upcoming Galaxy Fold reboot and imagine even one new unit will present a flaw of any sort. A repeat of the April PR nightmare would be largely inevitable, but this time around, finding acceptable excuses feels pretty much impossible. It's simply not acceptable to treat consumers like beta testers twice for the same device.

Why the rush?

Okay, let's assume for a minute Samsung indeed managed to miraculously improve the durability and solve all the build quality problems of the early Galaxy Fold units. Even if that's the case (and I'm personally not convinced after so many conflicting statements about the status of the "stabilization" efforts), the foldable phone will still look like it did months ago, display crease included.

Actual flexible glass is also still not a thing yet, so although it may well be harder to peel off, the protective cover of the Galaxy Fold's massive 7.3-inch screen will be a cheap piece of plastic. Perhaps most importantly, it looks like the price point will remain sky-high... for an experimental device that doesn't use the best build materials available and serves little to no functional purpose (more on that later.)

All things considered, one has to wonder why on Earth does Samsung need to commercially release the Galaxy Fold this fall. It can't be because of the competition, as Huawei is facing similar challenges refining the Mate X, not to mention all those other problems threatening its very existence outside of China. There's also that oft-rumored mid-range reborn Razr, but something makes me skeptical about the immediate foldable ambitions of a company that seems to have abandoned the "conventional" high-end segment.

One theory would be that Samsung is frustrated at the lack of foldable design development after working for years and years on this bold concept. But that's precisely why the company should take as much time as it needs to get everything in order instead of rushing some half-baked prototype with glaring flaws to the market. 

Foldables are not the solution to the mobile industry rut... yet

I know what certain analysts and research firms are saying, and I partially agree with them. Foldable designs and 5G connectivity could help boost global smartphone shipments... eventually, but only when the former reach a mature stage in their development and the latter succeeds in delivering the big speed upgrades currently anticipated on a wide scale.

Until then, "true" 5G performance remains a pipe dream and foldable devices are a solution in search of a consumer problem that doesn't seem to exist. A phone that can seamlessly transform into a tablet (or vice versa) may have sounded groundbreaking and game-changing several years back, but nowadays you can comfortably hold a tablet-sized handset with virtually no bezels. And pay half of what the Galaxy Fold will cost.

That being said, the foldable concept definitely shows a lot of promise, and by the looks of things, Samsung is exploring numerous ways of implementing it while clearing all these early hurdles. But instead of flogging the first-gen Galaxy Fold dead horse, perhaps the company's resources would be better spent skipping straight to a 2.0 or 3.0 edition. We'll wait and keep our two thousand bucks in the bank.

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 3G talk time)



1. Millenialssux

Posts: 36; Member since: Jan 22, 2014

Right! If this was Apple moving forward foldable phone technology to the market you'd be singing its praises and urging Apple to forge ahead despite setbacks. You guys have no credibility whatsoever!

6. Alcyone

Posts: 566; Member since: May 10, 2018

I agree. I'm sure Samsung will be when its released. Besides the Note 7, which wasn't cancelled, it was recalled, what has Samsung cancelled?

21. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

What's funny is that they never wrote such an article about the Airpower, at least when it was delayed the 1st few times.

25. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Obviously the Fold isn’t too compelling, because in every article about it even the diehard android/Samsung fanboys are mentioning Apple. LMAO! #justindenisonheadphonejack

29. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Obviously, the Fold is too compelling, because in every article about it, even the diehard Apple fanboys are there hating on it. LMAO! #justanothertypicalapplesheep

30. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

No ones hating on it, we’re laughing at it, and at you! See you on the next Apple article! #appleisyourprophet

33. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

You're hating on it in every article that mentions it or Samsung. At least they're trying something new, unlike Apple regurgitating the same iPhone each year.

45. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Samsung fold is the biggest joke in smartphone world. They had a misconception that rich people buy iPhone just because it’s the most expensive so they brought a very impractical, stupid device after delaying it for almost 10 years and decided to put a price tag of $2000 to fool the rich, they thought it’ll be the next premium thing and rich people will buy it like stupid coz they just want to flaunt it. But the device was a total failure and even if it wasn’t no one was going to buy it except some bunch of non educated YouTubers who get it for free from Samsung. I’ve seen YouTubers with a big stack of S10 given to them for free to give them good reviews lol. Rich people are rich coz they are smart, you can’t fool em samsung. At least they’re trying something new? You don’t try something by selling an impractical S10 at $2000

35. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

It's sad that you don't even notice the hypocrisy in your posts. And hey, you might see me in 1/10 Apple articles, maybe 2/10, but you'll always be crying under EVERY Samsung article.

36. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Two fangirls triggered over a device they’ll never own, and Samsung doesn’t even pay them! This is both amusing and disturbing.

38. Back_from_beyond

Posts: 1471; Member since: Sep 04, 2015

I don't give a s**t about the Fold, but I'm just calling you out on your BS. Motorola's RAZR foldable phone is my preferred foldable design, minus the thick chin.

40. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Says the toddler with the Apple rules username. Again, it's sad that you don't realize how ironic your comments are. P.S: it's 2019, if you think calling me a girl will piss me off, then jokes on you.

42. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

LMAO, your reply is so salty and can almost taste your tears. Now stop, this is all too much for you.

43. Vancetastic

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 17, 2017

I think you hurt his little feelings.

47. maherk

Posts: 7010; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Shhhh, let him enjoy his imaginary victory.

51. Vancetastic

Posts: 1752; Member since: May 17, 2017

You're right. I should be nicer. He's obviously lonely.

48. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Awwww, little Vance comes along! How’s your Note 10?

41. oldskool50 unregistered

Or the Apple Watch after it was delayed 3 times. Or the Airpods after they were delayed either. The hypocrisy on this site is just insurmountable. These crappy writers and their Samsung hate. Samsung is much closer to Europe than the US is. Yet they hate Samsung who does a lot vs Apple who does nothing.

50. gadgetpower

Posts: 283; Member since: Aug 23, 2019

Maybe because apple is the only one that can pull this off. They have attention to detail in their every product and they thought well their features and ideas.

55. BlackhawkFlys

Posts: 928; Member since: May 07, 2014

I remember an article recently posted by Victor in which he stated why we should buy the Galaxy Note 8 and wait for the Galaxy Fold...

57. JRPG_Guy

Posts: 150; Member since: Jan 13, 2019

Could not have said it better

2. RevolutionA

Posts: 473; Member since: Sep 30, 2017

Great article PA, that's the reason I love this site. They should cancel it as they can't do it and should stop faking it to people.

7. Alcyone

Posts: 566; Member since: May 10, 2018

Airpower? Seemed awfully quiet for a very long time. Samsung has balls to push through and develop, market and soon release. Doesn't look like their giving up. Btw, isn't Apple rumored to work on a folding device? Take a seat.

3. viisign

Posts: 12; Member since: Sep 19, 2012

Well at least they cancelled the release before tradegy struck! Apple is years in the dust with coming up with anything new. 5 to 10 years down the line when Apple comes up with the foldable idea, you will think it's the greatest thing ever even though there will be defects.

4. MEeee

Posts: 440; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

It cost those reviewers nothing to purposely break the Folds. I doubt people going to try to break their $2000 device.

5. mohsin845

Posts: 49; Member since: Apr 05, 2014

Tottally Bluff Article...

8. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

It's a prototype. Give it some time and it will mature. No need to rush.

9. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Samsung needs to wait until someone invents/develops a good quality foldable screen, then Samsung can buy the company.

14. sissy246

Posts: 7129; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You mean like Apple does all the time.

15. apple-rulz

Posts: 2198; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Yep, they both do it. Neither invents anything.

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