Samsung has announced that it has made “improvements” to protect the Galaxy Fold’s screen and will begin selling the folding phone in September.
This news comes after four months the tech giant delayed the retail launch of the phone due to faulty screen, Samsung now says the Galaxy Fold will be available for purchase at an unspecified date in September. Samsung has confirmed the price will remain the same as before: $1,980.
So what has Samsung changed in the Galaxy Fold? It says:
The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.
Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience.
The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps. Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display. The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.
The Verge reports that “extending the “protective layer” is maybe the most important thing Samsung could have done, as many reviewers thought it was a screen protector and tried to peel it off, damaging the screen.
The “additional reinforcements” to protect against “external particles” is likely to prevent the issue we experienced on our own review unit — we suspect debris got in through the hinge and damaged the screen from behind. The same may go for the reduction of the space between the hinge and the body.