Had things gone according to plan, the Galaxy Fold would have released on April 26 in the United States. But, things didn't go how Samsung thought they would and here we are. After recalling all the units that were out there, Samsung indefinitely delayed the release date of the phablet. Last week, the company said that it would announce a new release date in the 'coming weeks'. It appears that they will do so indeed as a Samsung executive said that the Galaxy Fold is “ready to hit the market.” Samsung Display Vice President Kim Seong-Cheol said delivered a speech at The Korean Information Display Society (via Sammobile) and had the following to say:
Most of the display problems have been ironed out, and the Galaxy Fold is ready to hit the market. The Galaxy Fold, when released, will receive a lot of attention in the market.
Still no word on the Galaxy Fold release date, though
It's good to hear that Samsung has finally addressed all the Galaxy Fold issues, but that doesn't mean anything till we have a release date. Despite its prohibitively expensive price, there must be a significant amount of users out there who are eagerly awaiting its release. At this point, it is safe to assume that Samsung is stalling. They may or may not have a functional, defect-free product to ship, but they don't want people to stop talking about it. Which is why we see such kind of statements pop up from time to time.
As I've said before, the world doesn't need a foldable smartphone as of today. It'll be perfectly fine if Samsung delayed the release until next year. The only real 'competition' that Samsung has in this space is from Huawei, but even they delayed the release of their foldable Mate X tablet. As a long-time Samsung user, I'm more concerned about the upcoming Galaxy Note 10 ditching the headphone jack instead of some foldable gimmick.