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Samsung Shelves Galaxy Fold Launch

Paul Rubens - April 22, 2019 - 12:49 PM
Samsung Shelves Galaxy Fold Launch
The revolutionary folding smartphone will now not be released until next month at the earliest, a report says.

(CCM) — Samsung has abandoned its plans to introduce it $2,000 Galaxy Fold smartphone later this week after multiple reviewers reported problems with the revolutionary folding screen, The Wall Street Journal is reporting.

The Fold will not now be launched until next month at the very earliest, according to the report. But the delay may have to be much longer if Samsung fails to identify the sources of the problems and finds ways to rectify them quickly.

Samsung issued a statement last week, saying: “A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review. We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided. We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.”

Some reviewers found that the screen stopped working after they removed a thin sheet of plastic film from the screen, assuming it was a temporary protective covering. Others experienced screen flickering, while one discovered a bulge under the screen that distorted the display and which may have been caused by particles of dirt working their way under the screen.

Samsung will be hoping to avoid another launch fiasco following the problems it had with the Galaxy Note7 in 2017. That device was recalled twice before eventually being abandoned by the company following numerous reports of it spontaneously catching fire.

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