Samsung announces launch of Galaxy Fold

Samsung announced the launch of its first foldable phone after resolving screen problems with the device, which postponed its date of initial release in April.

The company announced that the phone will go on sale in September. Previous reports suggest that the April launch of the phone was cancelled owning to the issue of broken screens.

However, the company has allegedly made ‘improvements’ which costed them nearly $2,000 (£1,603) on the device. The phone will be reportedly sold in ‘select markets’.

“Samsung has taken the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests,” according to a company source person, with regards to the announcement of the foldable phone.

Samsung has also been drawing plans to launch the innovative product before its market rivals. Some of the improvements undertaken by Samsung on the new model include extending a protective layer, which is not meant to be removed, in addition to strengthening the hinge area with the help of protection caps.

According to sources, one of the attributed reasons for the broken screens was because the film was removed, mistaking it to be the protective layer which comes with every new model of phone.

Some reports suggest the defects in the phone have brought embarrassment to the company and accelerated its competition with other phone rivals including China’s Huawei.

Huawei was listed as the second largest smartphone seller in the world and plans are underway to launch the company’s folding smartphone in September. However, the company made an announcement of buying more time for the release, owning to extra tests for the screen problems.

Chinese company Xiaomi has also announced its plan of a folding smartphone which transforms into a tablet.