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Samsung Fold might be released soon, maybe

June 20,2019
The manufacturer of the display for the Samsung Fold suggested that the long-troubled device will soon be reintroduced, months after the failed soft launch of the product.

“The problem has been solved, and we are on standby to start mass production,” said Samsung Display Vice President Kim Sung-cheol in a speech at The Korean Information Display Society forum on Tuesday in Gangnam District, southern Seoul. “We expect the device to be extremely popular after the release.”

Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Fold [JOONGANG ILBO]
Samsung Display manufactures the screen for the device. For the last two months, numerous unsourced reports have been published about the possible release date of the Fold. Samsung Electronics has stuck to its story: Improvements are being made and an announcement would be made “in weeks to come.”

A positive comment from the display supplier raises the possibility that the Galaxy Fold may actually be ready this time, but it does little to end the confusion. No firm date has been set, and recent reports in the local press suggest that the problem has yet to be solved and that a formal introduction may be months off.

“We have made improvements on the device and panels related to the controversial problems. The IM division will announce the release schedule,” Kim told reporters, referring to the IT and mobile (IM) division.

A marketing event for the Galaxy Fold was held in San Francisco in February, but its official release was delayed for nearly two months after U.S. reviewers reported problems while testing the device. After that, pre-orders in the United States were canceled.

BY KIM YOUNG-MIN AND SONG KYOUNG-SON [song.kyoungson@joongang.co.kr]


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