Samsung today announced that it is done tweaking the design of the Galaxy Fold to improve its reliability and the foldable device will go on sale in September.
The Korean company has made a number of changes to improve the display’s reliability and ensure that there is no dust ingress which ends up damaging the display. Below are the notable design changes on the new Galaxy Fold units as per Samsung:
- The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.
- Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience:
- The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.
Many reviewers had removed the top plastic layer from their display thinking it was a screen protector. By extending it beyond the bezel, Samsung is making it clear that it is a part of the display itself and not meant to be removed.
Apart from the above changes, Samsung has also added new metal layers below the Infinity Flex Display to further improve its protection and reliability. The gap between the hinge and the body has also been reduced so as to reduce the dust ingress.
Samsung also took the additional time to further optimize apps and services for the Galaxy Fold’s UX. All new Galaxy Fold units are currently undergoing “final product tests” before their launch in select markets in September.
There’s no word from Samsung if the Galaxy Fold will launch at its original price tag of $1,980 or it would be revised as well. Additionally, it is unclear if customers who ordered the foldable device the first time around would get any kind of additional gifts or preference from the company or not.
The Galaxy Fold was initially supposed to launch in late April but just a week before its release, reviewers discovered major reliability issues with its display. Almost every reviewer’s Galaxy Fold display broke raising serious concerns about its reliability.
Samsung was quick to collect all such units and decided to delay its launch. Three months later, the company is done making some changes to the Galaxy Fold to improve its reliability.[Via Samsung]