South Korean technology giant Samsung had unveiled its first foldable smartphone – Galaxy Fold – at the Unpacked event in San Francisco in February 2019. The device was showcased with the flagship Galaxy S10-series, and was considered to be one of the unique looking and impressive devices at the time of announcement. Days before its official launch, Samsung Galaxy Fold was diagnosed with multiple problems like blackened screen and hinge issues. After that, Samsung recalled all its Galaxy Fold units and put an indefinite halt to the launch of the Galaxy Fold smartphone.
Later, the company confirmed that it was working on solutions to fix the problems of the Galaxy Fold. Earlier, a spokesperson from the company had said that it will be releasing the Galaxy Fold in the coming weeks but he didn’t mention the dates of the launch.
Now, a 5G variant of Samsung Galaxy Fold has received the FCC certification. According to the leaks, the Galaxy Fold 5G variant’s FCC certification was filed back in April 25, 2019 and the one from an EMC report was approved on June 3. The leaks were first spotted by My Smart Price and if these leaks are true, then we might be seeing the launch of the Galaxy Fold soon enough. The EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) test makes sure that the handset doesn’t emit too much energy to cause interference to or from other devices.
We should mention that Galaxy Fold that was launched earlier this year did not come with 5G connectivity, so this seems to be a new variant of the handset. The 4G variant of the device supports dual-SIM cards through a nanoSIM along with an eSIM card. On the other hand, the 5G variant will support a single SIM card.
Other than this, the 5G variant of the Galaxy Fold still holds similar specifications and features that were present in the regular model of the smartphone. However, it will pack a smaller 4,235mAh battery instead of a 4,380mAh battery.
Talking about the delay of the Galaxy Fold, it was found by the YouTube Reviewers that the display of the Galaxy Fold was too fragile and was easily damaged. Due to Samsung’s recall of its Galaxy Fold devices, Huawei also delayed the launch of its Mate X foldable smartphone.
It may seem like the foldable smartphones might not make it to the mainstream market anytime soon, however, Samsung is still optimistic about it. The company’s Display VP said last week that Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Fold soon. However, he didn’t give a timeline of the launch so nothing can be said for now.