Samsung has confirmed to press agency Reuters that it will delay the commercial introduction of its flagship Galaxy Fold. The move comes after the displays of several devices, in the hands of American reviewers, broke apart. “To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks,” Samsung said.
The delay is a major blow to Samsung, who made the Galaxy Fold its most prestigious introduction since many years. Earlier, the Korean company had to recall two versions of the Note7 smartphone, after several devices caught fire. It’s not clear for how long the introduction will be delayed. Earlier, Samsung had downplayed the issues.
7 year development
The Galaxy Fold is the first foldable smartphone of Samsung and the company worked on the technology for 7 years. At least 4 US journalists experienced problems with their screens. Some of these issues were caused by reviewers peeling off the top layer of the display, thinking it was a protective film. The screens died almost instantly. Another reviewer noticed a bulge under the display, with dead pixels as a result.