Samsung has been understandably silent about the star system Fold for the last couple of weeks. The company’s been reassessing issues with the foldable’s display after initially chalking up problems with review units to little sample sizes and user error. It’s mighty to say how strenuous and high-price a fix will be, but this surely isn’t the sort of press it was hoping for with its first-to-market gagdet.
CEO DJ Koh is finally prepared to talk about the Fold — or at least offer news that there will soon be news. The exec told The Korea Herald that Samsung, “has reviewed the defect caused from substances (that entered the gagdet), and we will approach a conclusion in a couple of days (on the launch).”
What Koh appears to be referring to specifically are the gaps in the fold mechanism that allowed material to get behind the display, damaging it when pressure was applied to the touchscreen.
From the sound of things, Samsung is hoping to have an update on timing at some point this week or early next, at the latest. Koh added, “We will not be too late,” which the paper took to be a suggestion that the Fold will commence shipping earlier than expected.
Samsung no doubt is hoping to have it out sooner than later, but the Note debacle’s two recalls should serve as a reminder that these things ought not be rushed.