No, 1 million Galaxy Fold aren’t sold by Samsung
A number of reports have suggested that Samsung hit an unexpected milestone by selling 1 million Galaxy Fold. The company is now forced to deny these reports. The $2,000 Android phone had a disturbed launch earlier in 2019 and Samsung was forced to terminate sales only a few days before early-adopters were expecting to collect their handsets.
The launch was disturbed as the early reviewers revealed several flaws with the design. It was reported that the folding OLED screen was fragile and was too easy to damage.
In order to solve the issue, Samsung took the Galaxy Fold back to the labs and came up with a handful of tweaks to benefit avoid grit from getting beneath the screen, and to daunt owners from carelessly peeling off the top display layer that, originally, look like a temporary screen protector.
The company, at last, felt relaxed when it launched the phone again later in 2019 but the reports earlier this week surprised everyone that Samsung had already sold a million of the phones. The Samsung Electronics President Young Sohn was speaking at TechCrunch Berlin, where he claimed that Samsung had already crossed its initial aim to sell 500,000 Galaxy Fold devices around the globe this year, and had sold 1 million in its place. Now, however, a Samsung spokesperson has explained that the president has made a mistake in his statement.
It appears that the president confused the company’s sales objective for the year with actual sales. Samsung has not, in reality, sold one million Galaxy Fold devices, the organization confirmed to Yonhap News. The representative, however, did not give an exact number for official sales.
Samsung has faced a quite embarrassing situation this year when it had to launch the Galaxy Fold second time after fixing its faults. It seems that the technology giant is not much good about foldable devices in general. Back in October, the company has provoked a second form-factor, possibly for the Galaxy Fold 2 in 2020. It could introduce as soon as April next year.
The Galaxy Fold 2 would be a clamshell design with a folding display that would be lined horizontally, rather than vertically. We’ve witnessed Motorola’s new Razr adopt that layout, making for a device that’s similar to a regular large smartphone when opened, but appears much smaller when closed.
Even then, Samsung could offer some developments to bring to users. The initial faults in design and display have already disappointed consumers around the world. The Galaxy Fold 2 hinge could be “almost invisible” it claimed, using a new mechanism that evades the noticeable gap of the first-generation handset. It might also introduce an under-display camera, which might let Samsung overcome the cut-out notch in the upper curve of the current Galaxy Fold’s larger, interior screen. That cut-out lodges many sensors, including the selfie cameras.