The Galaxy Fold Is Back: Here's What Samsung Fixed

By Sam Rutherford on at

When the Galaxy Fold’s launch was delayed indefinitely due to durability concerns, many thought Samsung’s $2,000 bendable phone was dead in the water. Some folks like Apple enthusiast John Gruber even proclaimed that the Fold “is never going to ship and everyone knows it.”

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 what’s changed on the second take of the Galaxy Fold version?

The first major difference is what Samsung did to the Fold’s protective polymer film. Previously, the edges of the film extended to the edge of the screen(as seen in the picture below), but left a gap small gap between the film and the bezel around the Fold’s display. This gave the Samsung’s polymer film the appearance of a removable screen protector, when in fact, it was a critical component for maintaining the screen’s integrity.

Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

Unfortunately, because early review units came in a box that differed from the Fold’s actual retail packaging and didn’t contain the 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 phone’s bezels, away from any potential prying fingers.

However, the bigger change on the new and improved Fold is how Samsung covered up the small gaps between the Fold’s screen and its hinge. Prior to launch, the Fold featured small openings above and below its hinge (seen below) that potentially allowed foreign materials like sand or dirt to work their way inside the device and damage Samsung’s foldable display, which looks to be what happened to the Verge’s initial review unit.

Now, that gap appears to be significantly smaller, which should shore up the Fold’s second most obvious structural weakness. Samsung says it has also reinforced the hinge with new protective caps, and added metal layers beneath the Fold’s screen to increase the display’s rigidity.

Photo: Sam Rutherford (Gizmodo)

Meanwhile, in regards to the Galaxy Fold’s UI and software, Samsung claims it has made additional improvements to the device’s user experience by optimising more apps for use on the Fold’s bendy screen.

All that said, Samsung’s major challenge now is convincing people the Fold is still worth its £1,800 asking price, particularly in the wake of the device’s delayed launch and a previous durability concerns.

But for anyone who’s a fan of boundary pushing tech, it’s nice to see that despite its initial flaws, Samsung hasn’t given up on gadgets with foldable screens just yet.