Despite the Galaxy Fold being an engineering masterpiece, it suffered an ill fate when a number of early review units experienced quality issues and was subsequently recalled and delayed. Samsung made the right call while it collated the information from the returned units to make a call on how to resolve the issues going forward.
Upon receiving the units, Samsung clearly found cause for concern and delayed the release of the Galaxy Fold until further notice. Samsung wasn’t forthcoming with what it was intending to change but some recent leaks suggest what those changes could entail.
Some of the failures revolved around either people intentionally removing a protector layer over the flexible screen or it coming away of its own accord. Either way, removing the film is fatal to the display and while Samsung has advised it should not be removed, the company has clearly realized that’s not enough. The leaks suggest that Samsung is revising the build process to ensure the layer cannot be removed by integrating the shield into the body, which will remove the visible edging of the film that led people to believe it was a screen protector that could be removed, like what is found on the Galaxy S10. You can also expect warnings to be plastered all over the retail box and perhaps even a warning upon initial boot.
Samsung is also revising the hinge design that would help prevent foreign objects from getting lodged in the mechanism and making their way under the screen, which was attributable for a couple of the early failure scenarios. The hinge area is reportedly being reduced, whatever that means.
Prototypes sporting these improvements are currently being tested in Korea, which following sufficient quality control should lead to a release date announcement from Samsung.