The report sources the ever-popular “people familiar with the matter.” If Samsung actually has things fixed, they’ll have it on store shelves just in time for the all-important holiday season.
Bloomberg’s sources says the South Korean smartphone maker is now in the final stages of putting the finishing touches on the redesigned devices, but hasn’t decided on a new release date.
Samsung pulled the device after several reviewers reported problems with test versions of the Fold, including screen malfunctions that arose if the film on the display was peeled off.
The firm has reportedly attempted to move beyond that issue by stretching the protective film to wrap around the entire screen and flow into the outer bezels, hopefully making it impossible to peel off by hand.
Samsung is also said to have redesigned the hinge, pushing it slightly upward from the screen to help stretch the film further when the phone opens. The tension is said to make the film feel harder and a more natural part of the smartphone, rather than a removable protective film. It may also help reduce the chance of a crease developing on the middle of the screen over time, says the report’s source.
Samsung’s reputation took a hit when it was forced to cancel the April 26 launch of the nearly $2,000 foldable device following reports of the issues discovered by reviewers.