There’s more uncertainty about the new Galaxy Fold release date ever since it was delayed from April 26. Samsung had to delay the release due to some issues with its foldable smartphone that needed sorting out. The company hasn’t confirmed a new release date since then.
Recent reports had suggested that the issues had been resolved and that Samsung would release the device in June. Samsung’s mobile boss had himself said over two weeks ago that a new date will be announced soon. A new report from South Korea claims that we may not see the Galaxy Fold come out next month.
New Galaxy Fold release date still remains a mystery
The report mentions that Samsung did have an internal goal of releasing the Galaxy Fold in June. However, it seems that the company needs more time to be certain that the hardware changes it has made are up to the mark. It was previously said that Samsung would begin network tests of the Galaxy Fold by mid-May prior to a release in June. That may not be the case anymore.
It’s also pertinent to note that Samsung now has more breathing space due to Huawei’s ongoing troubles. It had initially rushed to get the Galaxy Fold out because it wanted to be the first company to sell a foldable smartphone. Huawei’s foldable smartphone was expected to arrive this summer but it may face delays due to its troubles with the US government. Samsung doesn’t need to rush anymore. It can take extra time to be absolutely certain of the changes made before releasing the device.
The report does mention that Samsung remains in a position to announce the new Galaxy Fold release date in a few weeks. It’s also possible that the handset may arrive in South Korea first now. A Samsung Electronics official cited in the (translated) report says “The release schedule has not been decided, and we are in a position to announce the launch schedule in a few weeks.” Meanwhile, Samsung will automatically cancel all pre-orders of the Galaxy Fold if it’s unable to ship the device before May 31. That’s a done deal now. Best Buy has also canceled all pre-orders of the device.