Samsung foldable Galaxy Fold smartphone was spotted in public in India, according to a report by SamMobile, indicating that the company could be testing the phone in the market. The site has put out an image of the Galaxy Fold in a user’s hands and claimed that this picture was taken inside the Delhi Metro. This suggests that Samsung might have fixed the display issues of the device, and is testing out the smartphone ahead of its re-launch later this year.
Previously, a report had claimed that the Samsung Galaxy Fold would be manufactured in India and that production had started, which meant it would launch soon. The company had later issued a statement calling the report a hoax, and said it would not be manufacturing the phone in India.
The Galaxy Fold was supposed to go on sale in April, but the company has delayed the launch after reviewers reported issues with the phone’s display. Regarding the picture taken in the Delhi metro, it could be that the company wants to make sure of the Galaxy Fold’s durability and usability before it hits the markets again.
Samsung mobile chief DJ Koh recently revealed that the company is testing more than 2,000 units of the fixed Galaxy Fold, though he did not reveal whether the testing is being done internally or in the real world. He also said, “It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready,” on the Galaxy Fold fiasco, adding that the company had missed some crucial flaws before releasing the product.
Samsung Galaxy Fold reviewers complained of display issues with the device. The display broke as some reviewers removed the protective film, which looked similar to a screen guard. Samsung said removing this film would damage the screen, and added that it would warn consumers against removing it.
However, the display issues were reported even by people who did not remove this film, with some reviewers noting the OLED screen appeared broken.
In recent statements, Samsung executives have said that testing of the Galaxy Fold is complete and all issues have been fixed. While recent reports have claimed it could go on sale before the 2019 holiday season begins, which is the fourth quarter, some have also talked about a July launch. Samsung is yet to confirm an official launch date for any part of the world, and till that happens the fate of the Galaxy Fold remains unknown.