In the second revision comes Samsung's foldable Android smartphone Galaxy Fold on September 18 on the German market. ComputerBase was able to try out the new edition of the IFA in Berlin for the first time and to look in detail at the changes of the second generation. Extremely high quality is the Galaxy Fold in any case.
Maybe it had to come like that, maybe it was not so bad for Samsung and the first foldable smartphone that the Galaxy Fold did not immediately bring about the hoped success in the first generation at the end of April. Instead, first testers uncover weaknesses that are not apparent in Samsung's labs came when robots checked the folding mechanism a hundred thousand times. In retrospect, the new Galaxy Fold leaves more of the impression of a thoroughly thought-out product. In the real world, outside of Samsung's sterile test environment, previously revealed problems in display film and hinge, the Samsung has shut down before the second market launch on September 18, by the smartphone has been revised in five points. These changes ComputerBase has looked in detail.
Display film is no longer visible
The display screen of the flexible screen now pulls Samsung up into respectively under the protective frame, so that no longer gives the impression that the protective film can be removed similar to Samsung's other smartphones. Because with the Galaxy Fold the foil is an integral part of the screen. In the first short test it was no longer recognizable that Samsung has applied an additional layer on the display, the film does not close to the user visibly under a running around the display frame made of plastic. The screen appears as a closed unit, the confusion can no longer come with the customer.
Two dust-entry gates less
Changes two and three affect the areas of the display that were previously open in the center of the display at each end of the fold. In April, these areas had turned out to be the gateway for tiny dust particles and crumbs that could get behind the panel and damage it irreparably. These open areas Samsung includes in the second revision of the Galaxy Fold on the one hand with a kind of tee and on the other protects the edge of the display with a small rubber lip, but which does not protrude into the visible area of the display. Both are inconspicuous but effective solutions to make the penetration of dust significantly more difficult.
Samsung protects the display from behind
Not immediately apparent is an adaptation on the back of the smartphone, where the only visible on the device Samsung logo runs. The already narrow gap between the hinge and the two halves of the smartphone has Samsung reduced to a minimum size, so that this area just enough room to unfold, but hardly any foreign bodies can penetrate. Of course, depending on the size of the particles, this still is not completely ruled out, as Samsung can not fully seal this area, but Samsung minimizes the risk as far as possible in the design of this device.
If crumbs and similar particles enter the smartphone via the largely closed entrance gates, a flexible metal layer connected to the display from behind should protect the panel. Smallest particles would then press against the new metal layer from behind, not the unprotected panel as before. Thus, the error-free operation should be guaranteed in the long term.
Market launch only as 5G version
All of these measures left a well-thought-out impression for the first time in Berlin. Samsung has used the last five months for a sensible overhaul of the smartphone, without giving the impression of a hastily revised product, only to rush back to the market after the failed start. From the initial mistakes was learned quickly.
The Samsung “Galaxy Fold 5G”, so the new name, after the smartphone will now only come in a version including 5G on the market, should be available from 18 September for the price of 2,100 euros in Germany. The smartphone features a 7.3-inch flip-up OLED display, a Snapdragon 855 with Snapdragon X50 as a 5G modem, 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of non-expandable memory and two batteries with a total of 4,235 mAh.