SAMSUNG may have “fixed” its long-awaited foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone – which flips out into tablet form.
The news follows the gadget’s calamitous launch, which saw the release date pushed back by months after early review samples broke after just a few days.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was first announced in February, with a view for the device to go on sale in late April.
Some journalists noticed that the screen stopped working, and others broke the device completely by accidentally removing a screen protector.
Now Samsung has reportedly “fixed” the device ahead of a possible June launch, local Korean media reports.
According to Yonhap News Agency – based on Samsung’s Seoul home turf – the tech giant plans to release a new launch schedule this month.
And this will reportedly be followed by a new release date in June.
It’s claimed that Samsung has resolved the issues that reviewers complained about.
For instance, several journalists removed the “screen shield” from the device, assuming it was a standard screen protector.
However, this was an integral part of the display and broke it – which is a major problem.
Now Samsung has allegedly tucked the “screen shield” into the phone’s body to prevent this from happening.
“In the early version, the screen shield was not attached to the end of the bezel, so it could be torn off with a nail,” the report explains.
“Samsung has decided to put the end of the shield into the [phone’s] body so that the user cannot remove the shield.”
Another problem was that the hinge that allowed the Galaxy Fold to flip open was quite large.
This allowed dust and other particles to enter, potentially damaging the display.
Samsung has reportedly shrank the gap in a bid to minimise this problem.
“The hinge area is also expected to be minimised,” the report notes.
“In the past, the upper and lower portions of the hinge were not blocked by the frame…resulting in minute gaps, foreign substances entering the gap, and the possibility of the display being impacted.”
But frustrated Samsung fans are unhappy with the changes.
“Reduce is not good enough. It needs to be eliminated,” said one Reddit user complaining about the hinge gap.
“It takes next to no gap for dust, sand, dirt etc. particles to get in and under the screen.
“Reducing it simply isn’t good enough and, by doing so, will only ensure the initial issues that were as a result of the gap will continue.”
Another said: “I am prepared for a first-gen product to still have its share of rough edges.
“But not to the point where a speck of dirt can obliterate the entire display.”
And several Reddit users said the phone simply wasn’t good enough to launch – and should be scrapped.
“They should cancel it and come back with something better,” one wrote.
Another user said: “Galaxy Fold is essentially a glorified proof of concept tech demo.
“I have no faith in this phone to last through regular use. I just hope it works well enough that Samsung continues to invest in the technology going forward.”
And another added: “What you view as innovating, I see as companies trying to pass off hardware prototypes as actual working products.
“I don’t see this as a good development at all.”
If you’re looking for a more polished Samsung blower, you might want to check out the Galaxy S10 instead.
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