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Samsung is expected to announce the Galaxy Fold 2 in August, which is fast approaching. The first-generation Galaxy Fold was probably more notable for its display failures, which required a retreat and rethink concerning the hinge mechanism and other critical design changes (for the sake of reliability).  However, Samsung is hoping to get things right fresh out of the gate with the Galaxy Fold 2, and a new report out of South Korea is shedding some light on what we can expect with regards to specs for the folding flagship. For starters, the folding display is said to increase in size from 7.3 inches (unfolded) to 7.7 inches with a resolution of 2213x1689. It's a relatively small... Read more...
It's been long rumored that Samsung is looking to bring a cheaper version of its original Galaxy Fold to market. While the Galaxy Z Flip launched with a cheaper price tag ($1,379 versus $1,979), it featured a completely different, portrait-oriented form-factor. Reliable leaker Max Weinbach has some new information on a rumored Galaxy Fold Lite, which would be almost half the price of its predecessor. The device is likely to have a price tag of $1,100, which is nearly $300 less than the Galaxy Z Flip.  To get to that price point, Samsung will have to remove a number of features and downgrade a few others compared to the original. Storage capacity is said to be cut in half from 512GB... Read more...
Samsung’s original Galaxy Fold did a belly flop prior to its initial release in 2019 due to its under-engineered display and hinge mechanism. Samsung delayed the official launch and went back to rework both the display and the hinge, and finally released the revised version in late September 2019.  While Samsung is currently grabbing headlines with its sleek Galaxy Z Flip, a true successor to the Galaxy Fold is reportedly in the works. It’s allegedly being developed under the codename “Champ” and will be called the Galaxy Fold 2. According to Mac Weinbach of XDA-Developers, the Galaxy Fold 2 is expected to ditch the awkward notch on the current folding... Read more...
What a difference a month can make. Around four weeks ago, Samsung Electronics president Young Sohn bragged about "selling [a] million" Galaxy Fold devices, which would be quite the achievement, given the phone's rocky start and $2,000 price tag. This was followed up by a Samsung representative saying sales had not in fact reached 1 million units, and now it is being reported that actual sales of the Galaxy Fold are likely less than half of that figure. It is an interesting situation because the folding form factor is, for the most part, new and uncharted territory. You can bet other phone makers are keeping an eye on the situation, because how well (or not so well) the Galaxy Fold fares can... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors about the next-generation, clamshell-style Galaxy Fold 2 for months, but now we're getting our first alleged “real life” look at the device in the flesh. The leak comes from well-known gadget sleuth Ice Universe, and it shows a device that looks remarkably similar to both Samsung's original concept and renders that have popped up on the web. On back of the smartphone we see a simpler design with a dual-camera pod that is flanked by a single LED flash. Also visible is a monochrome display which appears to show the time, date and battery percentage. This "cover display" is much smaller than the one found on the original Galaxy Fold. Moving... Read more...
Updated 12/13/2019 @ 12:26pm Yesterday, it was reported that Samsung Electronics President Young Sohn declared that 1 million Galaxy Fold devices had been sold since its summer launch. That was quite an achievement for a phone priced at $1,980, but as it turns out, Sohn was mistaken. In a statement to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency, a Samsung representative said that Sohn's statement was inaccurate, ant that Galaxy Fold sales have not surpassed 1 million. In fact, the stated sales goal for Galaxy Fold through 2019 is 500,000 units. There is no indication as to whether Samsung has surpassed that goal yet. Our original story is below: Samsung's Galaxy Fold got off to a rocky start after... Read more...
We've heard rumblings in the past that Samsung's next-generation Galaxy S11 is tipped to include a 108MP primary sensor, and now that rumor has gained more credibility. Bloomberg, which generally has pretty impeccable sourcing when it comes to Apple and Samsung rumors, has some added insight on the cameras that will adorn the back of the smartphones. According to the publication, there will indeed a be a 108MP primary sensor, which is marked jump from the 12MP primary sensor used in the current-generation Galaxy S10/Galaxy S10+. More than likely, the Galaxy S11 will feature the ISOCELL Bright HMX image sensor that Samsung and Xiaomi announced earlier this year. Samsung... Read more...
We are still in the early days of folding smartphones, with just the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X reaching the market so far in limited numbers. Those two devices will soon be joined by the Motorola Razr, which takes on a more pocketable portrait-style form-factor. The main problem with these first-generation devices -- besides their fragile hinge mechanisms -- is their exorbitant pricing. The Mate X retails for $2,600, while the Galaxy Fold is priced at $1,980. Samsung, however, hopes to make sticker shock a thing of the past with its second-generation folding smartphone. According to The Korea Herald, Samsung will first display its next-generation foldable smartphone alongside... Read more...
The gang over at iFixit has got their hands on the revised Samsung Galaxy Fold and have torn it down. The teardown starts with a look at the new protective elements that Samsung added to prevent the Galaxy Fold from getting debris under the skin. iFixit says that Samsung has fortified many of the spots that previously plagued the phone. The small gap when folding at the hinge area of the screen now has a protective cap on it to keep debris out. The extra protection doesn't prevent the Galaxy Fold from having some gaps to access behind the screen when the smartphone is closed. iFixit figures those gaps are less likely to cause immediate screen damage but will still attract dirt. One nice thing... Read more...
In case you weren't following the livestream, the folks over at CNET felt it appropriate to put Samsung's revised Galaxy Fold through hell by subjecting it to a vigorous "fold" test to gauge its durability. Samsung itself says that the Galaxy Fold has been tested to endure 200,000 folds before failure. In the publication’s testing, however, which seems a bit more extreme than Samsung's procedure, the device in question failed after around 120,000 folds. We have to caution that with CNET's automated folding machine, the Galaxy Fold is subjected to rapid-fire cycles between open and close positions of the display. Samsung's testing procedure, however, shows... Read more...
When Samsung first launched the Galaxy Fold, things quickly went wrong for the company. The Galaxy Fold has relaunched after the company said that it reworked the device to be more durable (making changes to the display and the hinge mechanism). Durability concerns remain for many, and with the price of the smartphone being so high, Samsung needs a win. It looks like the work Samsung put in trying to get the Galaxy Fold to be more durable might have been for naught; at least in the case of an updated unit that TechCrunch has received. After only a day of being used as a normal smartphone, meaning carrying it in a pocket and using the smartphone on the go, the tester opened the smartphone... Read more...
After the original incarnation of the Galaxy Fold crashed and burned when reviewers were quick to point out a number of glaring design faults, Samsung is ready to try again with it first folding smartphone. The revised Galaxy Fold was released earlier this month in South Korea, and now its stateside release is officially set for September 27th. The Galaxy Fold will initially be available from Samsung Experience Stores, Best Buy, and AT&T locations in the United States. AT&T of course will be selling versions of the smartphone locked to its network, but there will also be unlocked versions of the smartphone available to purchase at retail locations.  Samsung has made changes... Read more...
When it comes to today's smartphones, it seems as though we've fallen into a "rut" of sorts, with iterative updates that don't really push the boundaries forward with respect to design. We've seen this across the smartphone industry with iterative updates like the Samsung Galaxy S10 family and the Apple iPhone 11/iPhone 11 Pro which launch this Friday. Samsung has, on the other hand, taken some steps into a radical new direction with the Galaxy Fold. According to newly uncovered design patents, Samsung could be looking to expand its use of flexible display technology to its more mainstream product lines. This shift comes to us courtesy of LetsGoDigital, which has produced... Read more...
Samsung has had a rough time with the launch of the Galaxy Fold smartphone. The smartphone went up for preorder, sold well, but failed quickly when in the hands of reviewers causing Samsung to cancel that launch and rework the smartphone. Samsung has now announced the availability for the Galaxy Fold in the U.S. On Wednesday of this week, Samsung announced that the Galaxy Fold would be available in the United States next month, meaning October. The smartphone will launch in South Korea on September 6th. The September 6th launch of the Galaxy Fold in South Korea was confirmed by a report late in August. Pricing for the smartphone will be the same that Samsung announced previously, meaning... Read more...
Samsung must be feeling extra confident in the tweaks it made to its Galaxy Fold, because apparently it already planning a follow-up act. If the latest rumor is true, Samsung will launch another premium phone with a folding display sometime next year, and it will be more affordable than the one that is re-launching later this month. The initial design problems that plagued the current generation Galaxy Fold are well documented. Samsung had hoped to take the smartphone market by storm with essentially a new form factor, but instead of blazing a new trail, the Galaxy Fold stumbled righto out of the gate—models sent to reviewers broke down in quick order, exposing a faulty design. Samsung... Read more...
At long last, Samsung's folding smartphone may finally see the light of day next month, following a short-lived and ill-fated launch. We are of course talking about the Galaxy Fold. If the latest report from a South Korean news agency is on target, Samsung will debut a reworked version of the Galaxy Fold on September 6, during a special IFA event. A successful Galaxy Fold relaunch was not always a foregone conclusion. And really, it still isn't—just refer to the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco for an example of a Samsung-brand smartphone ultimately being scrapped due to a major issue. Unlike the Galaxy Note 7, however, the problem with the Galaxy Fold was never the battery. Instead, the folding smartphone... Read more...
Samsung is the world's leading producer of smartphones, as it maintains a narrow lead over competitors like Huawei and a more sizable advantage over Apple. As a company that is at the forefront of smartphone design and innovation, one that has a lot to lose with any missteps in the sector, recent comments by Samsung executives have caught our attention. Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh first lamented the failed launch of the Galaxy Fold, which the company billed as the "smartphone of tomorrow", stating, "It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready." But for a smartphone that is supposed to represent the future of mobile communications, it's a future that might not be long for... Read more...
Samsung has had some embarrassingly high-profile failures of its devices over the years, with its most recent embarrassment coming from the Galaxy Fold debacle. The Galaxy Fold was highly touted, sold well in preorders, and failed almost immediately once reviewers got their hands on the device. The failures prompted Samsung to postpone the launch of the device and several retailers to cancel preorders. Samsung has now announced when the Galaxy Fold will ship, and what it has done to fix the smartphone.  Samsung has stated that it is conducting final product tests and intends to make the Galaxy Fold available to consumers in specific markets in September. What markets it will make the device... Read more...
Samsung apparently thinks it has a handle on what caused premature failures of its Galaxy Fold smartphone, but whether a retail release is still in the cards remains to be seen. For now, however, it is said that Samsung has completed a redesign of the previously ill-fated smartphone. It may still be an ill-fated device, or it could end up a belated success story. That depends on whether (A) Samsung decides to relaunch the Galaxy Fold to retail, and (B) if the redesigned model truly is fixed. The Galaxy Fold was unveiled back in February amid much hype and anticipation. At the time, Samsung talked about "creating a new mobile category" with the Galaxy Fold, a unique handset that folds into a smartphone... Read more...
The Galaxy Fold launch didn't exactly go the way that Samsung had hoped for after multiple reviewers complained of faulty review units ahead of the device’s highly anticipated launch. The company was forced to call off the launch of the Galaxy Fold, and has been faced with problems concerning the intricate hinge mechanism that has hindered its ability to bring the device to market.  Now, Samsung Electronics CEO DJ Koh is admitting to what everyone else in the tech industry already knew — the company royally screwed up. “I pushed it through before it was ready,” Koh explained. “It was embarrassing.” The $1,980 Galaxy Fold was supposed to be Samsung’s... Read more...
Samsung hoped to set the tech community ablaze with its Galaxy Fold smartphone, which as its names implies features a folding display. However, early problems with the protective display film and the hinge mechanism have postponed the launch indefinitely.  A newly uncovered patent shows that Samsung is working on a wild rollable smartphone display that achieves the same goal as the Galaxy Fold: providing users with a large display screen that can convert into a more pocketable form-factor when not in use. The patent was published on June 11thwith the United States Patent and Trademark Office. It shows a design that looks much like any other modern smartphone in its standard... Read more...
Samsung rushed to be the first to market with a folding smartphone, and the high-profile failure of the Galaxy Fold highlighted the perils of rushing to market. The device failed in the hands of reviewers, and it's still unclear when the Fold might launch. Samsung is looking down the road and sees devices with folding screens as the future. A new patent application has turned up that shows something completely different with a smartphone that has a screen that rolls up inside the phone body. The patent line art shows a device that has a traditional bar-style smartphone design. Rather than having a screen that folds in the middle as the Galaxy Fold did, the patent shows a device that has a screen... Read more...
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