Samsung's £1,800 folding phone is ready to launch again in September

Samsung has announced that the Galaxy Fold smartphone has been fixed and is ready to launch again in September.

The £1,800 gadget was hastily pulled just weeks before it was due to be released because it immediately started breaking when real people used it.

Now the South Korean company says the problems have been solved and it can try again.

‘Samsung has taken the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests,’ the company said in a statement.

The improvements include extending the protective layer of the phone beyond the bezels and reinforcing other parts of the phone like the hinge area and underneath the display.

Extending the protective layer is important as many reviewers just assumed this was a standard screen protector rather than an integral part of the display. When they removed it, it broke. And naturally, if they did it then customers would too.

Samsung says it will launch the phone in ‘select markets’ in September this year. It’s not clear if it plans to circulate the updated version around to reviewers again.

What is the Samsung Galaxy Fold?

As well as a traditional 4.6-inch smartphone screen, the Galaxy Fold houses a second, larger display inside its body.

When unfolded and open, users can take advantage of a flexible 7.3-inch AMOLED Infinity Flex display. The fold is powered by a new hinging mechanism engineered by the tech giant which uses multiple interlocking gears housed in a hidden enclosure. As part of the improvements, the hinge will now benefit from protective caps.

The Fold contains features common in most flagship smartphones – including a fingerprint scanner in the side of the device.

It also includes six cameras – three on the rear, two on the inside and one on the front of the device.

The Fold also appears to have space for more battery power. It will contain a 4,380mAh battery – one of the largest available in a smartphone.

The UK-specific price has not yet been confirmed but the European price is an eye-watering 2,000 euros. So there’s a high chance the phone could land in the UK with a price tag of around £1,800. Ouch.

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