Samsung’s Galaxy Fold might be ready to rise again.
Per the report, Samsung has reportedly addressed at least two major flaws that broke devices and forced the company to delay the Fold indefinitely.
The first issue relates to the “polymer adhesive” covering the plastic foldable display. On initial review units, the layer resembled a pre-installed screen protector. As a result, some reviewers peeled off the the layer only to find it destroyed the Fold’s display.
To prevent consumers from accidentally peeling off the protective layer, Samsung’s reportedly extended it to cover the entire foldable screen instead of stopping near the edges of the bezel.
The second issue Samsung has reportedly fixed involves blocking debris from getting trapped underneath the display. According to iFixit’s teardown of the Fold, the device’s hinge was susceptible to allowing particles to get inside and then underneath the screen, which would then create abnormal bulges in it.
Yonhap News claims Samsung has improved the hinge design by reducing the gap on revised versions of the Fold so that debris can’t get in as easily.
Both of these fixes look promising for the Galaxy Fold and will likely put the device back on track for release soon. The only holdup now seems to be getting the device re-certified for sale on mobile networks.
Samsung’s head of mobile, DJ Koh, said earlier this month the company had “reviewed the defect caused from substances (that entered the device)” and the phone’s launch would “not be too late.” Though Samsung hasn’t confirmed the date, but AT&T emailed customers with a new June 13 tentative ship date. Fingers crossed the Fold comes out before Huawei’s own foldable phone, the Mate X, does.
Mashable reached out to Samsung, but a U.S. spokesperson declined to comment on the report.