Bloomberg now reports that “people familiar with the matter” told them Samsung is now in the “final stages” of producing a commercial version, though would not commit to an exact relaunch date.
The Fold was initially delayed when reviewers discovered that peeling off a protective film – which looked identical to a screen protector – caused display failures.
Samsung’s new Fold will feature a protective film that wraps around the screen and flow into the outer bezels, making it more difficult to remove.
The device’s hinge has also been re-engineered – pushing it slightly upward from the screen – to help stretch the film further when the phone opens, giving extra protection both for the display and from the elements.
According to Bloomberg, Samsung will soon start shipping components – including the display and battery – to its factory in Vietnam, while the company is deciding on a relaunch date.
Its sources did say that it’s “unlikely” Samsung will launch the redesigned Galaxy Fold during the launch of the Galaxy Note 10 series in August.