Galaxy Fold coming to South Africa in September, Samsung honcho confirms

Sung Yoon President & CEO of Samsung-Electronics Africa. Photo credit Alan Cooper,

AFTER postponing the rollout of its Galaxy Fold phone-tablet hybrid following a string of high-profile failures among review models, Samsung has made improvements that it believes will solve the problems and get the ground-breaking folding screen device into stores sometime in September 2019.

That’s according to Sung Yoon President and CEO of Samsung Electronics Africa, speaking at last night’s launch of the company’s Galaxy Note and Note Plus smartphones.

“I can confirm that the Galaxy Fold will be available in South Africa in September,” he told an audience of mobile industry representatives and media in Sandton, Johannesburg following a live stream of Samsung’s #Unpacked event from New York.

The most common problem encountered by reviewers was a partial or complete failure of the screen after they removed the screen protector. Unlike the peel-off protectors that come with other smartphones, the one on the Galaxy Fold is not supposed to be taken off.

Sung said that to solve this problem, Samsung has tucked the screen protector under the bezel of the device. Previously there was gap between the screen protector and the edges of the phone making it appear like the standard removable protector found on other mobile devices.

Samsung is also reportedly beefing up the warning not to remove the screen protector that accompanies the phone, making it larger and placing it more prominently.

The second, less common, problem encountered by reviewers was a gap in the hinge area on the top and bottom of the folding device that lets dust, grit and other foreign objects in, potentially damaging the screen from below.  Samsung is said to be shrinking these gaps in an attempt to minimise this risk. –