Samsung wanted to launch the fantastically expensive Galaxy Fold back in April, but the first batch of review units failed left and right. Samsung recalled the units to rework the foldable display, and now it says the phoneâ€™s redesign is complete. The Galaxy Fold will ship in September for the same $1,980, but not all US carriers are interested in selling the device anymore.Â
The Galaxy Fold was the first â€œrealâ€ foldable Android phone we saw announced. There had been plenty of foldable OLED demos and â€œdeveloperâ€ devices like the FlexPai, but the Galaxy Fold had Googleâ€™s blessing and Samsungâ€™s industry-leading hardware. It turns out even Samsung wasnâ€™t ready to build a foldable phone.Â
Samsung handed out just a few Galaxy Fold review units, but reviewers quickly found the screens were prone to failure. Dust and debris quickly infiltrated the edges, causing damage to the OLED panel. The top layer of the screen also looked like a screen protector, so some people pulled it off. Naturally, that caused damage to the screen. Many phones developed dead pixels or flickering in a matter of days, and some failed completely.Â
In the revamped Galaxy Fold, Samsung attempted to address all the issues that popped up in the early review program. First, that top protective layer now extends beyond the visible bezel. Now, itâ€™ll actually look like part of the screen and not a film that users can remove.Â
The other changes are more fundamental to the design. Samsung added additional reinforcement to keep particulates from migrating into the screen layers, and the space between the hinge and the body of the phone is smaller. Samsung says the overall structural integrity of the Fold has been enhanced. There are more metal layers under the flexible OLED to make it more durable, and the hinge has protective end caps. Those are probably the most visible change to the design (see above).Â
Carriers and retailers have canceled pre-orders for the Fold during the long redesign process, but most of them will happily take your money as the new launch window approaches. T-Mobile wonâ€™t be among them, though. The carrier wonâ€™t sell a branded version of the Fold, but the unlocked device will still work on its network. Samsung doesnâ€™t have a specific date for the relaunch, but it will announce that as we get closer to September.