Samsung Galaxy Fold’s redesign is reportedly complete

When the Samsung Galaxy Fold was recalled to fix some of the durability issues in its design, it appeared that the redesign took longer than we thought. This resulted in carriers and retailers canceling pre-orders of the handset. For those who are still eagerly anticipating the release of the Galaxy Fold, there could be some good news on that front.
According to a report from Bloomberg, it looks like Samsung has apparently completed the redesign of the handset and in the final stages of getting ready for production of the phone for commercial use. Unfortunately, there is still no official date on when this redesigned Galaxy Fold will be released, but the good news is that at least we are now one step closer.
Back in June, Samsung Display VP Kim Seong-Cheol revealed that the handset is now ready for launch, but stopped short of actually mentioning a release date. This report seems to line up with Kim’s previous comments and hopefully, we’ll hear more in the next couple of weeks.
In the meantime, there have also been rumors suggesting that Samsung actually has a second-gen Galaxy Fold in the works and that it could launch this year as well, although we have to wonder if that might be a bit premature given that we still have no idea how the market will react to a foldable phone and if many are willing to pay the high prices just to own one.
Source: Bloomberg

Someone got their hands on the Samsung Galaxy Fold early, here are the details

Last year, Samsung announced and confirmed that they were working on a smartphone with a foldable display, but stopped short of actually announcing anything. Then at the company’s Unpacked event last month, they took the wraps off the phone and shared some details about the handset, such as its specs.
Unfortunately, the company did not allow anyone at the event to get their hands on the device, meaning that in terms of feel and usability, it’s still anyone’s guess as to how well it actually handles. Now in a tweet by XDA Developer’s Mishaal Rahman, it seems that he managed to get in touch with someone who got their hands on the phone earlier than expected, and who shared some of the details with him.
The Q&A session between Rahman and his source runs for quite a bit, but some of the takeaways from the series of tweets include how the handset’s performance is on par with the Samsung Galaxy S10+, which isn’t surprising since both phones use the same Snapdragon 855 chipset.
It has also been revealed that the phone when folded leaves a small gap like a binder. The source also notes that the delay when opening and closing the phone is rather bad, and in some cases, apps such as Chrome ran into issues rendering websites when switching between modes.
Last but not least, with regards to the very obvious-looking crease that was spotted in a recent video, Rahman’s source confirms that it is noticeable, but it isn’t too bad. It also becomes less noticeable if your display’s brightness is set at 70% or more. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is currently set to be open for pre-orders come 26th of April, with a release pegged for the 3rd of May, so we should have more details then.
Source: Mishaal Rahman

Samsung fires back at Huawei, claims the Galaxy Fold’s design is better than the Mate X

Right now in the battle of the foldable phones, it’s pretty much a fight between Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X, but last month in a report from Business Insider, Huawei took their first shot at Samsung by claiming that the Galaxy Fold’s design was “not good”.
Huawei told the publication that they had several prototypes in the works, one of which had a similar design to the Galaxy Fold. They found that such a design resulted in a phone that is too heavy and that they had to kill it off because it was “not good”. If you thought that Samsung would let that comment slide, they haven’t and have since responded in kind defending the design of the Galaxy Fold.
Speaking to the Australian Financial Review, Samsung’s executive VP in charge of R&D, Eui-suk Chang, said that a design like the Mate X would make it more prone to damage due to the fact that the display is on the outside (and also because it uses a plastic screen).
“If you go with an outfold, you can close the device fully, but then the display is on the outside, which means it’s susceptible to all kinds of user errors. You might touch it by mistake or call someone by mistake. And if you drop it, the display is more susceptible to damage.”
That being said, it might still be too early to tell which design is the best as foldable phones are still brand new. Bryan Ma, vice president of devices research at IDC, believes that now is actually the perfect time for experimentation, where he feels that most of the designs probably won’t end up being successes, but they will still provide valuable lessons for companies as a result.
Source: Australian Financial Review (paywall; via MSPowerUser)