Galaxy Fold's launch 'will not be too late': Samsung
Samsung is working to announce a revised launch plan for its Galaxy Fold, according to Samsung's mobile chief DJ Koh. In an interview with The Korea Herald, Koh said the company has reviewed the defects present in its foldable phone and will soon make a decision on its launch in the United States. Here's more on this development.
"(The company) has reviewed the defect caused by substances (that entered the device), and we will reach a conclusion in a couple of days (on the launch)," Koh told the publication. He noted that the company "will not be too late" in releasing the $2,000-worth premium device. Notably, this comes a day after Samsung started accepting cancellation of pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold.
Koh's comments come as a silver lining for the prospective buyers of Galaxy Fold. Evidently, Samsung has identified the issues and is working towards fixing them. Hence, we can expect the company to soon announce a revised release date for its beleaguered foldable phone.
To recall, Samsung had indefinitely delayed the release of Fold after several reviewers reported display breaking issues on the company's foldable phone. In some cases, removing a plastic film did the damage while in others, the display randomly broke and went blank. However, in its initial findings, Samsung concluded that the issues could be associated with impact on the exposed areas of the hinge.
The Galaxy Fold comes with two displays: a 4.58-inch HD+ (1960x840 pixels) external screen with 21:9 aspect ratio, and a foldable 7.3-inch QHD+ (2152x1536 pixels) Infinity Flex internal display which offers a tablet-like experience. The device features a new hinge system that uses "multiple interlocking gears" to create a fold that is largely concealed. Moreover, the Fold gets a plastic outer casing and a side-mounted fingerprint scanner.
To leverage both the screens, Samsung has introduced App Continuity feature which automatically opens the app in the main internal display when you switch to the tablet mode. Further, in the tablet mode, you can run three apps simultaneously for an impressive multitasking experience. Notably, Google is also working to optimize Android OS to support the foldable form factor.
In the folded state, the Galaxy Fold offers a 10MP camera which is housed above the external camera. In the unfolded position, the notch above the internal display houses a 10MP+8MP dual camera setup. Lastly, on the back, the device gets a triple camera setup comprising a 16MP ultra-wide sensor, a 12MP wide-angle sensor, and a 12MP telephoto sensor.
The Galaxy Fold is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset, paired with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 storage. It packs two batteries, one on each side of the hinge, for a combined capacity of 4,380mAh and supports reverse wireless charging as well. The device runs Android Pie, packs AKG-tuned stereo speakers, and supports LTE as well as 5G networks.