Just yesterday we passed a report out of Korea stating that the redesigned version of the Samsung Galaxy Fold had successfully passed a durability test. The test consisted of sending these units to people in the industry and to professors at Seoul National University and the KAIST research institute. Not one person among this group could replicate the issues that influencers had discovered when they received their review units earlier this year.
According to WCCFTech, a Slovakian publication just spoke with David Sahula, who is the Czech and Slovak spokesperson for Samsung. Sahula said that he has not been given any information regarding a new launch date for the foldable device, which could mean we are still weeks if not months away from hearing about a new pre-order period. Now we need to point out the obvious here; it is possible that there is a new date that Sahula has yet to be informed of, or he might have been told to keep mum about the whole thing. Last week, hopes were raised about the upcoming new launch date for the Galaxy Fold when the photo showed the improved model in the hands of someone testing the new design. This man was riding the New Delhi metro system when he was caught redhanded with the phone
New Delhi metro rider holds the improved Samsung Galaxy Fold
If Sammy's Czech and Slovak spokesman was not just following orders, it would seem that Samsung is now incredibly cautious so it does not make the same mistake twice. Earlier this month, Samsung Electronics CEO DJ Koh admitted that the company rushed out the Galaxy Fold too early. He also said that the phone will be released "in due course. Give us a bit more time." From the comments, it would seem that Samsung is in no hurry to start selling the foldable handset
Samsung's focus is now on the Galaxy Note 10 line
After building up the excitement over the last couple of years, Samsung Galaxy Fold was finally unveiled amid a great fanfare in February. Set to be released on April 26th, the company sent out review units to influencers who started to find some issues, some of their own making. For example, despite the warnings that Samsung placed on the unit, several of these influents began peeling off what they thought was a disposable plastic film on the internal 7.3-inch screen. The movie seemed similar to the kind of removable plastic that one would peel off the display of a newly purchased smartphone. But Samsung's warning indicated that removal of the plastic could lead the screen to stop working, and that's exactly what happened. In addition, the debris was sucked into an influential device through an opening at the top of the hinge causing a bulge to form on the internal display. Others found that their Galaxy Fold units just stopped working.
Samsung reportedly fixed things by putting the film into the casing of the phone so it could not be peeled off. It also narrowed the opening on the top and bottom of the hinges to prevent foreign material from entering the device
The warning that Samsung included with the original Galaxy Fold review units sent to the influents
Samsung's main focus is on the unpacked event scheduled for August 7th at Brooklyn's Barclays Center. At that event, we should see the unveiling of the Galaxy Note 10 series and possibly the Galaxy Watch Active 2. But in the back of Samsung's mind, it's keeping an eye on Huawei. The latter's own foldable, the Huawei Mate X, is now expected to be launched no later than September, and Samsung was hoping to beat its rival to the market.