Samsung has reportedly finished reworking its troubled Galaxy Fold handset and it’s ready for a relaunch this year.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung has completed the redesign of the device that should solve all the issues that plagued the first batch of handsets, two months after the Korean firm withdrew the Galaxy Fold due to hardware and software problems.
No release date has been set, a source told Bloomberg, but Samsung is on the cusp of being able to manufacture market-ready Galaxy Fold phones.
The initial designed was plagued by screen failures when reviewers discovered that peeling off a protective film, which looked identical to a screen protector, caused display failures. Samsung’s new Fold will feature a protective film that wraps around the screen, making it far more difficult to remove. Bloomberg‘s sources said to fix the Galaxy Fold, Samsung has “stretched the protective film to wrap around the entire screen and flow into the outer bezels so it would be impossible to peel off by hand.”
On Monday, Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh admitted that he rushed the Galaxy Fold to market before the foldable phone was fully ready.
“It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready,” Koh said. “I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery.”
Although there is no confirmed release date, Samsung is believed to begin shipping major components of the phone — such as the display and battery — to a factory in Vietnam for assembly.
The sources did say that it’s unlikely Samsung will launch the redesigned Galaxy Fold during its “Unpacked” event on August 7 though, where it’s expected to announce the Galaxy Note 10. Instead, it might be wise to expect a launch later in the year for the Galaxy Fold — hopefully just in time to cash in on the holiday season. With Huawei having delayed its own folding Mate X smartphone until September, Samsung currently has time to properly re-release the Galaxy Fold.