Samsung Launching Their Foldable Phone in Sept After Initial Hiccup

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Been looking forward to Samsung’s first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, despite initial hiccups earlier this year when the gadget was reportedly plagued by screen problems?

Well, I have good news for you.

According to reports, Samsung Electronics Co will finally roll out the highly anticipated smartphone after the launch was delayed earlier this year…

And it’s happening as soon as September this year.

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Samsung Launching Their Foldable Phone in Sept After Initial Hiccup

The launch was announced yesterday (25 July), and Samsung’s hoping that the move will revive flagging smartphone sales.

Despite defects uncovered in samples earlier this year, in April.

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The South Korean tech giant said that it has since, however, made corrections to the nearly $2,000 phone, and was conducting final tests.

Amongst the changes inducted, hinges, which early reviewers had found to be problematic, were ultimately strengthened.

“The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps,” said Samsung. “Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display. The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.”

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The future

Samsung evidently has high hopes for its latest prototype, as the world’s top smartphone maker has hailed the foldable design as the future, in a segment that has been largely unfazed since the release of the iPhone back in 2007.

However, it seems that Samsung’s not the only company seeing the future in foldable designs, as Chinese rival Huawei has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X, that’s expected to go on sale in September.

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And lest you’re still living in a cave, here’s an update about Huawei: the US ban is highly likely going to be lifted soon, so you can most likely still use Android with it.

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A sleeker and arguably more thoughtfully designed device as compared to its Galaxy counterpart, the Huawei Mate X will reportedly boast an impressive 8-inch OLED display with a resolution of 2480 x 2200, stats that easily best the PPI that was supposed to ship on the Galaxy Fold. When folded, one side of the display will feature a 6.6-inch display and the other a 6.38-inch display.

To Samsung’s benefit, however, the Mate X is expected to be a little on the ‘pricier’ end. While nothing is 100% confirmed just yet, it’s believed that the entry-level model will start at around $2,580.

Projected details

According to an unnamed source, Samsung’s currently in talks with mobile carriers all around the world to decide on the Fold’s marketing details.

Details should, however, be leaked sometime soon.

An August revelation, perhaps?

What’s clear, though, is that you should start saving up if you’re keen on the phone. After all, it is estimated to be near $2,000.

That’s like a month’s worth of salary for some, you get what I’m saying?

So unless you wanna be like this guy (except that it’s instant noodles and not high-quality ramen)…

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It’s time to scrimp and save on that payroll.

For the greater good.

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