Samsung’s first-ever foldable smartphone, the “Galaxy Fold” is officially delayed now. The company stated that the release of the phone is delayed to “fully evaluate the feedback and run further internal tests”.
Reviewers gave Galaxy Fold a shot
Smartphone reviewers are truly a blessing in disguise to the tech world. In April, several early reviewers reviewed and found the display on the Galaxy Fold broke after just a few days.
The date of the smartphone becoming available to the general public is still unannounced by Samsung. However, new launch date will be announced in the “coming weeks”.
Samsung’s Stance towards the reported malfunctioning
Samsung said it suspected the damage experienced by some of the reviewers was caused by “impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge”. It also said it found “substances” inside one of the review devices that may have affected its performance. Launch events due to take place in Hong Kong and Shanghai this week have also been postponed.
The Galaxy Fold was due to be released in the US on 26 April, and in the UK on 3 May. The South Korean tech giant has said it is investigating what went wrong with the broken review units.
In some cases, reviewers had peeled off a layer of the screen’s coating, mistaking it for a disposable screen protector.
Samsung says, “We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer.”
Chinese rivals Huawei and Xiaomi are also developing foldable smartphones, but neither company has announced a release date yet.