Speaking to The Korea Herald, Samsung CEO Koh Dong-jin has confirmed the radical Galaxy Fold smartphone will return after orders were surprisingly cancelled last week. Koh even stated that “we will not be too late” when asked if the Galaxy Fold could be back in the hands of buyers before the end of May (the original launch month).
This would be a dramatic turnaround following a nightmare few weeks for what was the world’s first commercially available screen-folding phone.
Initially lauded by Samsung on stage in February, things quickly turned sour when the first batch of review units began failing in April. After initially dismissing the error, Samsung became uncharacteristically defensive, pulling teardowns of the device and demanding the return of all devices. Then last week, customer orders were stopped.
The developments led to mocking and memes, but Koh’s statement is great news. Folding phones have the potential to re-energise the flagging smartphone sector and a shape-shifting form factor is far more interesting than another bezel, notch or megapixel war.
Yes, the Galaxy Fold is clearly a generation one product but it is also has greater ambition than even the year’s most feature-packed smartphone. And with rivals like Apple actively testing the format, everyone should want the Galaxy Fold to succeed so the pressure to respond mounts. At this stage, the odds remain stacked against the Galaxy Fold regaining its credibility, but it’s back in the game and that’s what counts.