Now that South Korean tech giant Samsung’s much-awaited foldable smartphone — the ‘Galaxy Fold’ — has passed the final round of tests with “flying colours”, the company may soon announce its release date.
Earlier, Samsung Display Vice President Kim Seong-cheol confirmed that the Galaxy Fold’s problems have been fixed and it is ready to hit the market, news portal Gizchina reported.
The smartphone was originally set to release on April 26 but the manufacturer indefinitely delayed the device after multiple review units experienced display issues and is now expected to launch in August along with the upcoming Note 10 series phones.
Many Galaxy Fold review units experienced issues after a plastic protective layer of the display came off followed by a small tear at the top of the hinge, where the gadget opens. Samsung said their initial findings showed that the reported issues could be due to the impact on the exposed areas at the top and bottom of the hinge, besides a broken substance inside the device.
Samsung in a statement to Yonhap News said it will tuck the protective display layer into the body. This will prevent users from peeling it off under the mistaken belief that it’s an everyday screen protector. The South Korean news agency also reported that Samsung will block the gaps at the top and bottom of the hinge to prevent debris from wrecking the foldable display.
The device features a 7.3-inch primary flexible AMOLED display and a secondary 4.6-inch screen on the cover of the phone.
The premium smartphone comes backed by a 7nm Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 octa-core SoC, paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB storage.
On the rear, it packs a 16MP + 12MP + 12MP triple rear camera set-up. The device also sports a 10MP camera on the front for selfies.
Connectivity options on the Samsung Galaxy Fold include WiFi, GPS, and USB Type-C.