The end of the seemingly never-ending Galaxy Fold saga might be nigh.
According to a new report from Bloomberg, Samsung has successfully redesigned its first foldable phone, fixing all of the issues that plagued the early units.
The report comes just a day after Samsung CEO DJ Koh called the initial launch snafu “embarrassing.” According to Koh, the company is currently testing more than 2,000 Fold devices, and all of the issues with the original units have been defined.
Neither Bloomberg’s report nor Koh have offered a new launch date for the Fold. Bloomberg, however, claims that the Fold should be ready to launch in time for the holiday season, but probably not as early as August 7, which is when Samsung will be launching another phone, the Galaxy Note 10.
The reviewers of the original Fold quickly found two key issues with the device: It was possible for dust and other particles to get lodged beneath the screen, and the screen’s protective film was way too easy to peel off. Now, Bloomberg says that Samsung has stretched the film to wrap around the screen and flow into the outer bezels, making it “impossible” to peel off by hand.
Also, the phone’s hinge has been pushed slightly upward from the screen, which stretches the film when the phone opens. Having the hinge protrude (instead of being flush with the screen) doesn’t sound too comforting, but Bloomberg’s sources say the change is “almost imperceptible to the naked eye.”
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to launch on April 26. Since then, Samsung kept promising a new launch date would be revealed “in the coming weeks.”
The report does not have any new details about a possible second foldable phone from Samsung, which the company is close to launching, according to a recent report from Korea.