Foldable smartphones are supposed to be the future of mobile technology, at least that’s what we have been hearing for the past little while.
The smartphone market has already matured and seemingly plateaued.
One tech giant, in particular, chose to kick things up a notch with the Samsung Galaxy Fold in attempts to bring flair and excitement to the mobile market.
On paper the concept is brilliant.
A mobile device that’s designed to be a phone which can extend its functionality into a tablet.
No longer would we have to make compromises when consuming content on such a device.
When in full form, the Samsung Galaxy Fold takes productivity to the next level.
Samsung unveiled the perfect solution to solve a problem that only a handful of us really cared about early in the year.
Sure it was a bit thicker than most of us would have cared for when it was folded, but that wasn’t necessarily a dealbreaker.
What made people a bit weary, was that $2,000 price tag.
Smartphones had already crossed that $1,000 mark, thanks to the iPhone X.
Paying $2,000 for a piece of new technology was the price early adopters would have to stomach.
For those wanting to experience the bleeding-edge of technology, the price was justified.
But as review units begain to ship out to YouTubers, it became apparent that Samsung had more to worry about than just price alone.
It wasn’t long before the screens on the Galaxy Fold began to fail, which caused massive reliability issues for the product.
What looked like a screen protector to a lot of reviewers, was in fact a protective layer that was a part of the product.
Should Samsung Give Up?
The short answer is heck no!
Samsung isn’t a stranger to failure.
One of the most recent product fails in memory, was the ill-fated Galaxy Note 7.
The Note 7 was a fantastic device spec-wise. It ticked most of the boxes:
- Big screen
- Large battery
- Headphone jack
- QHD display
- S Pen
All it took was a design flaw with the battery that saw the Note 7 taken off the shelves.
The Note 8, and Note 9 proved to be stellar devices. Even by today’s standards, these Phablets are a great buy if you are in the market for a new smartphone.
In just under 2 months, we’ll see the Galaxy Note 10 unveiled to the world, so pricing for the Note 8, and 9 will further go down.
What Samsung Needs To Do
Samsung is still planning to launch the Galaxy Fold, as it says most of the issues have been ironed out.
If the company still plans to launch the foldable smartphone, it will have to navigate around the Galaxy Note 10 launch.
Samsung might want to hold off until after the Note 10’s launch to push the Fold to the market.
I can’t say that I’m confident that Samsung has fully fixed all the issues of the Galaxy Fold, but for now, we just have to take their word for it.
Selling a flawed device alongside the Galaxy Note 10, which recovered from the fiasco of the Note 7 doesn’t seem like a great idea.
Instead, Samsung should do more testing, and wait until next year to unveil a refined version of the Fold.
Take the time to get things perfect, before launching the Fold Samsung, please.
It already has been delayed once, so why risk tarnishing the product image further by rushing the product out, just to be first?
Samsung is a powerful tech company which is a global leader on many fronts.
The company has enough cash reserves to develop the Galaxy Fold further into a solid product worthy of its premium price.
I for one would like to see foldable smartphones become a reality.
They add a new level of flexibility and functionality that consumers are looking for.
I think there is a lot of value for certain power users, and Samsung shouldn’t give up on the Galaxy Fold.
Instead, they should go back to the drawing board, and continue to refine the product line further.