When the Galaxy Foldâ€™s launch was delayed indefinitely due to durability concerns, many thought Samsungâ€™s $2,000 bendable phone was dead in the water. Some folks like Apple enthusiast John Gruber even proclaimed that the Fold â€œis never going to ship and everyone knows it.â€
But now, after some improvements and design changes, the Galaxy Fold is back and looking for buyers. The Fold even has an official launch (relaunch?) window slated for sometime this September (precise timing is still TBA). So whatâ€™s changed on the second take of the Galaxy Fold?
The first major difference is what Samsung did to the Foldâ€™s protective polymer film. Previously, the edges of the film extended to the edge of the screen (as seen in the picture below), but a small gap remained between the film and the bezel around the Foldâ€™s display. This gave the film the appearance of a removable screen protector when, in fact, it was a critical component for maintaining the screenâ€™s integrity.
Unfortunately, because early review units came in a box that didnâ€™t contain a warning label telling users not to peel off the polymer film, some Galaxy Fold units were damaged when reviewers removed that polymer layer. So one big change on the revamped Galaxy Fold is that its protective polymer layer now covers the entire screen, with the edges of the film resting beneath the phoneâ€™s bezels, away from any potential prying fingers.
However, the more significant change on the new and improved Fold is how Samsung covered up the small gaps between the Foldâ€™s screen and its hinge. Before launch, the Fold featured small openings above and below its hinge that potentially allowed foreign materials like sand or dirt to work their way inside the device and damage Samsungâ€™s foldable display. This may be what happened to the Vergeâ€™s review unit.
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That gap appears to be significantly smaller now, which could shore up the Foldâ€™s second most obvious structural weakness. Samsung says it also reinforced the hinge with new protective caps, and added metal layers beneath the Foldâ€™s screen to increase the displayâ€™s rigidity.
Meanwhile, Samsung claims itÂ made additional improvements to the deviceâ€™s user experience by optimizing more apps for use on the Foldâ€™s bendy screen.
All that said, Samsungâ€™s major challenge now is convincing people the Fold is still worth $2,000 after its launch was delayed over durability issues. But for anyone whoâ€™s a fan of boundary-pushing tech, itâ€™s nice that Samsung hasnâ€™t given up on gadgets with foldable screens just yet.