After being in developmental hell and a recall session, Samsung’s ambitious Fold device is back on the market. Well, not quite yet. The South-Korean giant has fixed the issues reported by critics, a few months ago. It was launched yesterday in South Korea and will be available to common public starting September 6.
DJ Koh, President, and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, said, “The category-defining Galaxy Fold is a device that defies the barriers of traditional smartphone design. Now, we’re excited to release this pioneering mobile technology, and allow consumers to experience it for themselves. Consumers have responded positively to larger screens, and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability. This is what we call innovation of new mobile experience in action.”
The refinements are done to the “improved” Galaxy Fold is subtle and almost unnoticeable at first but once you peek closer, you will see changes made to the hinges. Samsung gave a detailed account of the changes made:
- 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. Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display. The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.
The new design is in the front while the faulty one is behind. There’s an extra piece inside the hinge, which would likely prevent debris from getting in and wedging itself under the screen.
According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fold comes with exclusive access to Samsung experts and 24/7 support hub online or over the phone to help you with your Fold-based needs without any extra cost. The Galaxy Fold is priced at $1,980 in the US. It will be an expensive affair, which will approximately ₹1,40,000.