The Samsung Galaxy Fold, which went on a brief but unfortunate hiatus, is now “ready to hit the market,” Samsung Display Vice President Kim Seong-cheol told a crowd at an event in Seoul this week.
The much-anticipated device, which was originally scheduled to release this past April, offers users a large 7.3-inch screen, 6 different cameras, and HDR10+ display. The Galaxy Fold was originally scheduled to release on April 26th in the US, with UK and European pre-orders opening the same day with the device being available in the region from May 3rd.
However, days before the initial release, review units of the Fold began experiencing issues such as bubbling under the screen and flickering displays. Samsung announced it would delay the release of the folding phone soon after these issues became public. Since then, Best Buy and AT&T canceled pre-orders for the phone, citing the lack of a release date provided by Samsung.
Following the recall, Samsung could not provide a tentative date for the Fold’s release. There were rumors that Samsung may relaunch Galaxy Fold in July, but they were later refuted by Samsung in a release.
This week, Kim Seong-cheol announced that “Most of [these] display problems have been ironed out.” He even mentioned that he has quite high expectations from the device stating, “The Galaxy Fold, when released, will receive a lot of attention in the market.”
For now, Samsung is still mum on its plans to launch the Galaxy Fold again. However, Kim’s statement gives an affirmation to the idea that the Galaxy Fold may be arriving to market sooner than anticipated.
For those planning to purchase the Galaxy Fold, Techradar reports it “is an exciting entrant into the smartphone market, breaking the static rectangle mold that we’ve become accustomed too, and bringing us two displays, two batteries, and six cameras.” Expected retail price for the Galaxy Fold is $1,980, making it one of the most expensive smartphones on the market.
Marie Johnson, Enlightened Digital