On Tuesday, Bloomberg reported that South Korean hardware giant Samsung has finally figured out how to keep its $2,000 bendable Galaxy fold smartphones from becoming a useless gadget when they land into the hands of users. The world’s largest smartphone maker is in the final stages of fixing Galaxy fold but it is still unknown when Samsung would resume the sales.
In April, Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold but pulled off the publications shortly after the reviews found the device had serious problems including screens that continually flickered or worse and hinge bulges. The company later admitted that these issues were caused by reviewers peeling off a protective film on the screen that apparently looked removable, but should not entirely be removed.
Bloomberg sources explained that Samsung has now finally formulated a solution for fixing Galaxy Fold, including by stretching the protective film across the entire screen and into the outer bezels so it would be impossible to peel off by hand. Plus the company have re-engineered the hinge so that it pushes slightly upward from the screen it’s now flush with the display so that the film stretches further when the phone opens. That tension makes the film feel harder and appears to be the natural part of the device rather than a detachable accessory.
The consequent protrusion is almost imperceptible to the naked eye, It may help reduce the chance of a crease developing in the middle of the screen over time, one of the people said. However, the last part does not likely to suggest that the issue with the protective film wasn’t only limited to unsuspecting users ripping it right off the device.
Samsung wanted to build up its reputation after the folding displays on the reviewed model showcased some issues. It had counted on the world’s first mass-produced foldable smartphone to challenge Apple Inc. and expands its lead over Chinese rivals such as Huawei Technologies Co. Instead, some model developed issues just after some days of its use.
Samsung will shoon shipping the parts of Galaxy Fold including the display and battery, to the main plant in Vietnam for assembly while the company debates a launch date. But the company is unlikely to unveil its re-upholstered Galaxy Fold during an Aug 7 unpacked event in New York for the new flagship Note 10 phone. The postponement of Fold has marked a setback for the company that had bet on its latest innovation to extend its technical advancement and ignite a stagnating smartphone market.
The company wanted to avoid the fiasco that they had experienced in 2016 when it recalled the Note 7. Also, Samsung is in no rush to launch the Galaxy Fold after Huawei delayed the launch of its foldable smartphone.