SAMSUNG’S ill-fated Galaxy Fold smartphone has been spotted in public, months after its global release was cancelled.
The foldable device was binned “indefinitely” earlier this year after samples given to gadget reviewers broke after just a few days.
Samsung unveiled the folding tablet-phone in February, with a view to start selling it in April.
But journalists reviewing the device noticed that the screen stopped working, while others broke the device completely by accidentally removing a screen protector.
As a result, Samsung cancelled the launch and refunded customer pre-orders – without confirming a new release date for the device.
However, specialist tech site SamMobile has published what appears to be an image of the Galaxy Fold being used in public.
An unnamed source sent the image to the site, claiming it was taken on a metro train in New Delhi, India.
If legitimate, the photo marks the first time that the £1,800 Galaxy Fold has been seen in public since the review sample recall.
The image gives hope to die-hard Samsung fans for a re-launch in the coming weeks.
This rumoured re-launch could tie in with Samsung’s August 9 “Galaxy Unpacked” press event, where we’re expecting to see the Galaxy Note 10 smartphone unveiled.
It wouldn’t be a huge surprise: several reports have suggested that Samsung has now repaired the Galaxy Fold.
Back in May, media from Samsung’s South Korea home turf reported that the device was fixed.
For instance, several journalists removed the “screen shield” from the device, assuming it was a standard screen protector.
However, this was an integral part of the display and broke it – which is a major problem.
Now Samsung has allegedly tucked the “screen shield” into the phone’s body to prevent this from happening.
“In the early version, the screen shield was not attached to the end of the bezel, so it could be torn off with a nail,” the report explains.
“Samsung has decided to put the end of the shield into the [phone’s] body so that the user cannot remove the shield.”
Another problem was that the hinge that allowed the Galaxy Fold to flip open was quite large.
This allowed dust and other particles to enter, potentially damaging the display.
A brief timeline of the Samsung Galaxy Fold
Here's all the major things to happen in the controversial phone's history so far…
- On May 12 2011, South Korea’s Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology annonced that some of its researchers had created a folding smartphone prototype
- On May 2 2012, Samsung filed a patent application for its folding smart phone design
- In May 2013, Samsung tried to patent its folding phone screen idea
- In November 2013, Samsung announced that it would be bringing folding display devices to the market
- In spring 2016, Samsung was finally working on what we now refer to as the Galaxy Fold
- In Otober 2018, Samsung finally confirmed that its foldable phone was on the way
- On February 20 2019, Samsung launched the Samsung Galaxy Fold with a staggering £1799 price tag
- On April 15 2019, Samsung started letting high profile technology journalists use the phone but by April 17 lots of them were already complaining about the screen breaking or not working
- On April 22 2019, Samsung had to announce that it was postponing the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s release so that it could address and fix ongoing issues with the folding screen
Samsung has reportedly shrank the gap in a bid to minimise this problem.
“The hinge area is also expected to be minimised,” the report notes.
“In the past, the upper and lower portions of the hinge were not blocked by the frame…resulting in minute gaps, foreign substances entering the gap, and the possibility of the display being impacted.”
Then in June, Korean media quoted a Samsung exec as saying that “most of the display problems have been ironed out, and the Galaxy Fold is ready to hit the market”.
And earlier this month, Bloomberg also reported that the Galaxy Fold had been repaired.
However, Samsung has not officially released any statements on the matter.
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