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The Galaxy Fold: First Folding Smartphone

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I find it hard to believe they can resolve what looks like a major issue with just one extra month. The device likely took years to develop and design, and there’s possibly retooling to do.
 
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I find it hard to believe they can resolve what looks like a major issue with just one extra month.
Arstechnica was speculating a month delay but Samsung said "We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks."
 
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Apparently Samsung has fixed the folding display's durabilty on Galaxy Fold, and is expected to announce a release date.

 
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No progress on the issues with the Galaxy Fold since being pulled.

Legit Reviews said:
The unnamed official stated, “Nothing has progressed since the April delay.” It would seem that Samsung has been unable to figure out how to addresses the issues that led to the screen failures on the Fold devices.

Samsung isn’t alone, Huawei has also announced a delay for its Mate X folding device, but that is likely due to the U.S. sanctions preventing it from accessing any US hardware. The spectacular failure of the folding device form factor could mean its years before devices hit the market.
 

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It stank of failure from the start
 
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It's almost like folding the screen is a bad idea...
 
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It's almost like folding the screen is a bad idea...
If we don't have the technology to support it. Which it certainly appears is the case.
 
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Good news, the Galaxy Fold has been revamped in time for holiday sales.

Bloomberg said:
The world’s largest smartphone maker is now in the final stages of producing a commercial version but can’t yet pin down a date to begin sales, people familiar with the matter said, asking not to be identified describing an internal effort.

It has now stretched the protective film to wrap around the entire screen and flow into the outer bezels so it would be impossible to peel off by hand, said the people, who have seen the latest versions. It re-engineered the hinge, pushing it slightly upward from the screen (it’s now flush with the display) to help stretch the film further when the phone opens.
 

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Even if i was willing to spend so much on a phone it will never be one that has a folding screen as it says fail point all over it.

But i guess it's more important to be remembered of having a folding screen than good reputation, it only shows me that Samsung are willing to sell made to fail items.

I do my best not to buy RTF devices (Ready To Fail ) or what ever you want to call them Made To Fail.
 
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nice but i need my kidney, the price is like a slap in the face but who knows thay may drop a bit after the novelty wears off :)
 
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Impressive if they pull it off and eventually address the screen issues, but quite excessive for me even without considering the price.
 
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It's just too much money and compromise to get a larger screen. You get an extra fat and awkward-looking device in phone mode, and a weird aspect ratio in unfolded mode that doesn't gain you anything for video content. Just the fact that the initial product that almost launched was faulty tells you all you need to know. It's a solution looking for a problem.
 
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And not finding one.
The bad thing is knowing the smartphone market, it will sell anyways. People seem to fall for that new gimick like moths to a flame...
 
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The bad thing is knowing the smartphone market, it will sell anyways. People seem to fall for that new gimick like moths to a flame...
Ehhyep...

I think I said this the first time around buut... we are at a point with mobile tech where there is not enough real advancement to sell people new phones every 1-3 years on the merit of them simply being that much better. And that's the length of one cycle in the business model. Sometimes it's a lease, other times it's more rent-to-own, but invariably you pay off the thing alongside of a larger 2-year contract with a major provider. All of the major providers have a similar arrangement for the good stuff. For those who can meet those payments, it is the easiest point of immediate access to a flagship phone.

But... as soon as that's up, you know they don't want you to just stick with that phone... they want to be able to offer something newer and more enticing. And it needs to be something sales associates can easily highlight and push to people walking in the door, knowing nothing about the product. That's how it usually goes. Customers walk into the store, are shown some of the more critical options, and then find themselves making the call right then and there. It's a quick process with little attention given to details. The product that stands out sells. Gimmicks stand out much more than a phone that does something all phones already do, only better. The latter takes more time to ascertain than is possible to assume anyone really has.

This is their whole MO. They have sign-up/trade-in deals at certain points each year, where they really want to sell you a new phone in order to keep this very consistent, cyclic flow of income going for them. Makes it very easy for them to operate how they want and makes it easy to work alongside providers to create a competitive ecosystem that they all benefit from. And in order to sustain that, you need to always be coming up with gimmicks. Even if you don't buy the model with the gimmicks, just knowing of the model with the gimmicks suddenly has your old phone seeming inferior, so maybe you want to buy a new one, even if not a $$$$ flagship. And as long as its marginally better with a new perk or two that's actually worth having, quite a lot of people will buy it.

I shudder to say this makes it so they don't have to truly innovate... it's just that by the nature of the tech, improvements are always cumulative and marginal. Cutting edge takes a long time to sharpen to that ultra-fine point. They try, they really do. These tactics are chosen for a reason. Things like this are a response to what the market has shown them works on many levels. It's just a way to make it in the absence of any means for a quick, upward trajectory in technological advancement.
 
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