T-Mobile Won’t Sell the Galaxy Fold

T-Mobile Won’t Sell the Galaxy Fold

T-Mobile was originally going to be one of only two US carriers that would sell the Galaxy Fold. However, this week the carrier confirmed that it has no intentions to sell the device when it hits the market in September.

No exact reason was provided, but when reached for comment concerning the attempted relaunch of the device, a T-Mobile spokesperson gave the following to The Verge.

T-Mobile will not carry the Galaxy Fold because we already offer customers a wide range of the latest smartphones. Please reach out to Samsung for any further inquiries.

To us, this sounds like T-Mobile has little faith that Samsung truly fixed the Galaxy Fold, as if to say, why even risk selling it to customers? Of course, public relations folk can’t say that type of stuff, so instead, they’re saying they already sell a bunch of phones and don’t plan on … Read the rest

This Might Shock You, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold was Rushed

Official: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is Re-Launching in September

The Galaxy Fold is returning in September, Samsung announced tonight following months of testing and tweaking after an initial launch was halted in April because of durability issues.

Samsung says that they took time to fully evaluate the Fold’s design in order to address some of those issues that forced them to pause the launch of one of the world’s first foldable phones. During that time, they’ve tweaked the following items according to a press release:

  • 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
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Report: Galaxy Fold Ready for Launch Following Latest Durability Tests

Report: Galaxy Fold Ready for Launch Following Latest Durability Tests

According to the latest intel out of South Korea, the Galaxy Fold has “aced” its latest durability tests and is now ready for launch.

The tests were administered by a group of industry professionals and professors at Seoul National University and KAIST. Stated by the report’s source, “A couple weeks ago, Samsung Electronics sent out the Galaxy Fold to this group and word is that the phone aced the tests and is ready for launch.”

This sounds promising, but it’s basically what we’ve been hearing for the past few weeks. In fact, exactly one month ago is when Samsung said all of the Galaxy Fold issues were “ironed out” and that the phone was ready. In this case, though, it’s probably better to be safe than sorry.

I still haven’t held this device, but if and when it does make its way to the market, I’ll be interested in using … Read the rest

I’m Ready for Android Foldables too, Google

I’m Ready for Android Foldables too, Google

The official Android Twitter account has sent just two Tweets over the past four days and both have to do with foldable smartphones. One references Android Q featuring foldables support, while the other talks more about a future where foldables give you the opportunity to pick the phone that’s just right for you. I don’t know if Google and the Android team are pushing hype because Samsung or Motorola or someone else are about to finally deliver a foldable phone, but I’m ready for it. Let’s do foldables, Google!

Specifically, let’s do this.

Let’s do the foldable flip phone that we believe Motorola is making. Not just because Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is a bad design with numerous issues that led to a failed launch customers will struggle to move on from, especially when it’ll require them to fork over $2,000, but because a pocket-sized device that can become … Read the rest

This Might Shock You, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold was Rushed

This Might Shock You, but the Samsung Galaxy Fold was Rushed

“It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready.”

That’s what Samsung CEO DJ Koh told media in recent days during a sitdown to discuss the future of the Samsung Galaxy Fold. That’s a rare bit of transparency in an industry that doesn’t like to admit to mistakes very often. Unfortunately, it doesn’t lead us any closer to knowing when the Fold might re-emerge.

For those not up-to-speed, the Samsung Galaxy Fold was fully unveiled back in February as one of the world’s first foldable devices. Samsung slapped a $1,980 price tag on it, opened pre-orders for it in April (that quickly soldout), and then gave the device to a small group of reviewers before shipping. Those early review devices started breaking down within a matter of days, causing Samsung to delay launch.

Since that delay, Samsung has taken the device back to … Read the rest

Samsung: Most Galaxy Fold Display Issues ‘Ironed Out,’ Ready for Launch

Samsung: Most Galaxy Fold Display Issues ‘Ironed Out,’ Ready for Launch

Samsung says the Galaxy Fold is ready to hit the market, after having to iron out a few display issues that were discovered shortly after the device was seeded out to influencers/media. Real quick, let’s appreciate the pun of having to iron out a display that literally has a crease running down the middle of it. This stuff doesn’t write itself, people.

Speaking at a conference yesterday, Samsung Display Vice President Kim Seong-cheol stated that “most” of the display’s issues have been sorted. With most being fixed, that means there are still potential issues, but no details were provided as to which issues may still be present.

Samsung has yet to provide an official release date for the Galaxy Fold.

The real question is, how many people are going to buy this device? If you were on the fence back in April and then saw what happened when it got … Read the rest

Samsung is Still Trying to Fix the Galaxy Fold, Asks if People Want to Keep Pre-Orders

Report: Galaxy Fold Release in June is Unlikely

We know that Galaxy Fold lovers are still waiting to hear from Samsung concerning a new launch date for the device, after Samsung delayed launch following multiple broken review units on account of pocket lint, user error, and just regular usage.

According to a new report from South Korea, the device is now not expected to launch in June, which was an initial guess-timation from industry analysts for its official launch. Apparently, it’s taking quite a while to redesign and rebuild the phone in a way that won’t allow it to break in such an easy fashion.

If you ordered through Best Buy, you’ll already know that your pre-order was cancelled.

The whole situation is a real downer. Foldables were supposed to usher in a new age of mobile devices, but as with most things in life, there are always going to be a few bumps in the road. … Read the rest

With Still No Word From Samsung, Best Buy Cancels All Galaxy Fold Pre-Orders

With Still No Word From Samsung, Best Buy Cancels All Galaxy Fold Pre-Orders

We’ve heard that Samsung has identified the major issues with the Galaxy Fold’s design and is working to correct them, but with no new launch date set, Best Buy has gone ahead and cancelled all pre-orders for the device. 

While they praise the device for its boundary pushing design, the retailer wants to make sure that it’s doing right by its customers. 

However, with breakthrough designs and technology come many hurdles and the possibility to face a plethora of unforeseen hiccups. These hurdles have led Samsung to postpone the release of the Galaxy Fold, and Samsung has not provided a new release date. Because we put our customers first and want to ensure they are taken care of in the best possible manner, Best Buy has decided to cancel all current pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Fold.

This makes sense to us. If Samsung doesn’t have a solid date in … Read the rest

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is Ready to Return

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is Ready to Return

Samsung has reportedly identified at least one of the Galaxy Fold’s flaws and are now deciding on a new launch date. That’s the word out of Korea, where Samsung’s mobile boss, DJ Koh, suggested that they identified a “defect” that was allowing substances to enter the Fold and cause damage to its display.

Koh shared the news with the Korea Herald, saying that they will “reach a conclusion in a couple of days” over a new launch date.

To back up for a second, remember that we got to this point because a handful of Galaxy Fold review units ran into issues that forced Samsung to pause the phone’s launch. A couple of issues were self-inflicted, at least one was a failed device, and another couple were because substances found their way through the phone’s hinge, which caused damage to the foldable display from the inside.

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Samsung is Still Trying to Fix the Galaxy Fold, Asks if People Want to Keep Pre-Orders

Samsung is Still Trying to Fix the Galaxy Fold, Asks if People Want to Keep Pre-Orders

Samsung delayed sale of the Galaxy Fold back on April 22 after a number of review units ran into serious durability issues. Since that date, we’ve only been left to guess when (or if) the phone will return with fixes and find its way into the hands of deep-pocketed tech fans. Today, Samsung provided an update to those who pre-ordered, basically telling them that they are still working on things.

The email, which you can see in full below, says that they are “making progress in enhancing” the Fold, but that they aren’t quite ready to give any sort of anticipated shipping date. They won’t have another update on the situation for weeks.

Because of the lack of information, Samsung is once again letting those who pre-ordered decide if they want to keep their pre-order. With no concrete date available, Samsung will hold pre-orders open until May 31. If … Read the rest