Samsung has confirmed its troubled Galaxy Fold smartphone will finally be launched in September after being delayed for several months to fix defects that emerged in testing earlier this year.
The Korean manufacturer had shipped the folding devices to tech reviewers ahead of its anticipated launch in April, but several recipients reported issues emerging with the screen and the folding mechanism, leading to Samsung to indefinitely postpone the consumer launch while it made changes.
Now the company has revealed what improvements it has made to the device and confirmed it will go on sale in select markets in September, though an exact date is yet to be revealed.
The firm explained changes to the Galaxy Fold include extending the top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display beyond the bezel. This should make it clear to users that this is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed, as it had been suggested that reviewers inadvertently removing this protection in the belief that it was a standard removable film was behind many of the faults.
Samsung has also added extra reinforcement to the hinge mechanism, with new protective caps to reduce the risk of external particles entering the device and additional metal layers added underneath the Infinity Flex Display to boost protection for the screen.
“All of us at Samsung appreciate the support and patience we’ve received from Galaxy fans all over the world,” the company said in a statement. “Galaxy Fold is a device long in the making, and we’re proud to share it with the world and look forward to bringing it to consumers.”
Along with the hardware improvements, Samsung has also been working to improve the overall user experience for Galaxy Fold owners, which includes optimising more apps and services for the unique foldable design.
The company is now conducting final product tests to ensure the Galaxy Fold is ready for consumers starting from September.