After a long delay due to last moment discovery of embarrassing flaws, Samsung is now releasing its first fold-able phone. The launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally near and is just a few days away.
People began registering for the USD 2000 foldable smartphone recently in China. Samsung is to release the phone on September 6, 2019, which coincides with the opening day of the 2019 IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin.
What a day to launch the new phone!
When was the release date chosen?
Yonhap News Agency reports Samsung and other mobile operators are discussing the launch date to be September 6 in South Korea itself. Samsung will use the event to showcase the revised model at the 2019 IFA electronics fair in Berlin.
At the moment, it seems as Samsung is quite confident to bring the release period earlier than anticipated. Earlier reports indicated the phone’s launch to be later in September.
The initial shipment of the Samsung Galaxy Fold for South Korean consumers numbers between 20,000 to 30,000 units. Its price in South Korea will be 2.3 million equal per unit (equal to USD$ 1902). Samsung is expected to launch the folding smartphone in China & the United States in September 2019 but at later dates.
Any corrections made in the Galaxy Fold?
Samsung has revealed a few corrections it made to the Galaxy Fold, including:
- tucking in the protective screen layer,
- addition of further metal layers beneath the screen to reinforce it
- reduction of space between the body & the hinge.
The corrections to the model were made after reviewers reported major issues with the review units of the Galaxy Fold, such as broken, bulging & flickering screens. The reviewers also peeled off the protective screen layer by mistake, assuming that it was a screen protector. But it later turned out to be a key component of the phone’s display.
This is what caused the phone’s launch to be delayed.
Brief overview of the price and features of the Galaxy Fold
The current handset of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at USD$ 2,000, an amount most consumers are not willing to pay. Currently, it is not available to a larger segment of the population.
Samsung is planning to use an affordable design to reduce its price with an internal storage of just 256 GB. That is half of what the current Galaxy Fold offers (i.e. 512 GB).
Further specifications of the phone are:
- A 7.3-inch primary flexible AMOLED display.
- An operating system of Android 9.0 with one UI.
- Uses a CPU of Snapdragon 855.
- 12 GB RAM.
- External display (which is closed) is 4.6 inches with HD+ display.
- Main display is of 7.3 inches (QXGA +).
- Rear Camera of 12 megapixel wide-angle (f1.5 to f/2.4), 12-megapixel telephoto (f/2.4) and 16 megapixel ultra-wide (f/2.2).
- Closed front camera of 12 megapixel (f/2.2).
- Open front camera of 10-megapixel selfie (f/2.2), with 8-megapixel RGB depth (f/1.9).
- Fingerprint sensing power button.
It is currently available in the colors: Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue.
Smartphones and other gadgets that are rivalling the Samsung Galaxy Fold
At the moment, Huawei’s Foldable smartphone Mate X was also scheduled to arrive in September. But, Huawei reported that it is unlikely to release any earlier than November. The only other competing gadget to the Samsung Galaxy fold is Apple’s foldable iPad.
Will Samsung capitalize on the smartphone market with the new & improved Galaxy Fold?
Samsung has fixed the problems in the hinge and in the screen with reinforcements & extra layers. It will hopefully survive thousands of folds it will endure without showing any signs of wear. It is confident that the Galaxy Fold will have a better life span as compared to the normal smartphone.
If the Galaxy Fold succeeds after the launch, then the phone
will definitely be able to succeed and thrive in the market and win
billions of hearts too.