Samsung is fixing the Galaxy Fold, could finally deliver in June

Yolanda Curtis
May 18, 2019

The phone, which made waves when it was unveiled in February, features a tablet-size, 7.3-inch display that bends, allowing it to fold to the size of a regular smartphone with a 4.6-inch screen.

Sources for Korean outlet Yonhap News claim that Samsung is making a number of adjustments to the device to eliminate premature failures.

To combat urges to peel that layer back, the reports say Samsung has extended the layer to fit behind the bezel, leaving zero room for the film to curl up.

Previously, the thin protective layer - meant to keep the phone's screen together when folded or unfolded - had only gone up to the screen's edge. Samsung will also block the gaps at the top and bottom of the hinge to prevent debris from wrecking the foldable display.

The report also says the company is now testing the "fixed" Galaxy Fold prototypes on South Korea's three domestic carriers.

In 2016, the South Korean phone maker had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 phone amid reports that the device's batteries were overheating, catching fire and exploding in customers' pockets.

That's. a really aggressive timeline for some serious problems.

Last Thursday, DJ Koh, who heads Samsung's mobile division, reportedly told The Korea Herald that, "We will reach a conclusion in a couple of days [on the launch]". In response to a question about whether the Fold could launch in May, Koh responded with a coy, "We will not be too late". But, it's also a bit fishy. Like, if the fixes were so simple, why didn't Samsung take the extra month of testing and R&D in the first place? According to a report by Forbes in April, Samsung had announced that it would automatically start cancelling orders for the Galaxy Fold that faced problems with its display.

This isn't the first time Samsung has released an Olympic Game Edition of a smartphone.

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