"It's clear that [foldable] screen technology is definitely moving forward".
"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".
AT&T, the other carrier that was originally going to carry the phone in April, hasn't weighed in yet.
Unfortunately, there were multiple reports of the device failing in a short span of time. Not long after that, preorders were canceled altogether. Now that Samsung claims it has fixed those problems with the device, it will be interesting to see if it manages to turn its fortunes around in the smartphone industry. What they thought was an optional protective layer was actually a crucial part of the phone - removing it caused serious screen issues.
The reworked Galaxy Fold also features enhanced reinforcements to protect against intrusion from particles, the company said. Samsung has indeed added "layers of metal under the Infinity Flex screen to strengthen its protection". Until its release in September, Samsung continues to conduct extensive testing.
When the almost $2,000 Fold was first announced earlier this year, Samsung said it would be available from AT&T and T-Mobile in the US.
An updated Galaxy Fold: Can Samsung pull it off? Samsung recalled the units to rework the foldable display, and now it says the phone's redesign is complete. That's because Samsung and its competitors are already working on new foldable phones that will surely be unveiled early next year.
The photos also surfaced right around the same time as Samsung revealed the new launch date of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. While the 2019 iPhone won't be a foldable, it will soak up the vast majority of the available smartphone attention that month. Google's flagship won't be a foldable either, but it'll only make Samsung's challenge of explaining why customers should take a risk on an unusual form-factor all the more hard.
Unlocked Galaxy Fold handsets should still work on major USA carriers' networks. Certainly, that's what some expected them to do, quietly retiring this first-generation design and moving on to a different one which would hopefully be more resilient.
Samsung has spent almost eight years developing the Fold in an effort to spark demand and potentially revive a sector that has been struggling for new innovations. There's a reason why Samsung launches the Note in August and Google waits until October to show off the Pixel. The Snapdragon 855 Plus just launched, promising better graphics performance, which could surely help the Galaxy Fold and its multi-window navigation. The realist in me recognizes it's a huge challenge, and one that there's no guarantee the Fold can live up to.