An improved version of the Galaxy Fold will be ready to launch in “select markets” beginning in September, Samsung announced. The company said it has made a number of improvements to the design of the foldable phone, including “additional reinforcements.”
Samsung launched the Galaxy Fold with great fanfare in February, promising the foldable phone would usher in a new era of smartphone design. But when the company handed out devices to journalists in April, many early reviewers quickly reported serious issues. Samsung then put the phone on hold, and rumors of design flaws and planned fixes have trickled in since.
Now, the Korean company says it has made a series of “design and construction improvements” to the phone.
Here’s what’s changed, according to Samsung:
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 company also noted that it has been improving the Galaxy Fold’s software so that more apps will be able to take advantage of the phone’s unique display.
Samsung says the improved phone will be “available to consumers starting from September in select markets,” but didn’t elaborate on specifics of the rollout, or what will happen to those whose pre-orders have already been canceled.