A new report from South Korea has described how Samsung is fixing the design flaws of its Galaxy Fold.
The smartphone maker is said to be focusing on the foldable device's polymer layer and gap in the hinge.
Fixing The Galaxy Fold
As reported by Yonhap News (via SamMobile), Samsung is making the protective film on the display non-removable by tucking it into the body. That way, users won't be able to peel it off. Early reviewers who received a Galaxy Fold broke their units because they removed this layer, which, in their defense, looks like an ordinary plastic screen protector.
The company is also going to minimize the gap at the top and bottom areas of the hinge so that dirt, debris, or other materials won't get inside and cause problems to the flexible display. Repair outfit iFixit highlighted this issue in its teardown of the Galaxy Fold, pointing out that there wasn't any sort of "hinge ingress protection" and describing it as "alarmingly fragile."
Samsung is already testing the revised units with South Korean networks, according to the report.
The launch schedule of the Galaxy Fold is expected to be released sometime during May, and the foldable phone itself is reportedly rolling out in June, but that's not a sure thing just yet. However, CEO of Samsung's mobile division DJ Koh did say that the company "will not be too late" in releasing the smartphone. Not to mention AT&T said that the device will ship out in June, aligning with the purported launch in June.
Galaxy Fold Issues
The $1,980 Galaxy Fold was originally planned to be launched on April 26 in the United States, but when one review unit after another broke in the hands of technology journalists and influencers, Samsung was forced to delay its release date and recall each one in the wild for investigation.
iFixit then somehow managed to get a hold of a Galaxy Fold and subjected it to its usual teardown treatment, but soon after, the South Korean brand requested to have it taken down.
The takeaway here is that Samsung's first-ever foldable smartphone is off to a rock start, and hopefully, these reported improvements will fix the flaws plaguing it.