After early review units started breaking, Samsung postponed the release of its first foldable device, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and promised to work on addressing the breakage issues. Now we have a report out of South Korea from Yonhap News (via SamMobile) that gives us our first glimpse into what Samsung could be doing to address these problems.
The two biggest issues with the Samsung Galaxy Fold were the protective film covering the inner screen and the gap between the display and the device’s folding hinge. Reviewers mistakenly pulled off the protective layer which caused some devices to malfunction, and the hinge gap allows for dust and other particles to contaminate the very sensitive OLED display.
For the protective layer problem, Samsung is reportedly integrating the edges of the film into the body of the device itself. If true, this would make it more difficult for consumers to accidentally pull the protective layer off.
As far as the hinge goes, the report merely suggests Samsung is working to reduce the size of the gap. This could mean that Samsung is eliminating the gap, or it could mean that it will simply be smaller and thus less prone to collecting debris.
Finally, there will also likely be more warnings and safety statements with the Samsung Galaxy Fold to educate consumers on how this new type of device needs to be handled.
We’ve reached out to Samsung about confirming or denying these reports and will update the article if we hear back.
In the meantime, what do you think about this potential progress? Would these fixes make you more comfortable with buying a Fold? Or has the damage already been done? Let us know in the comments.