Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in Singapore, China

Samsung delays Galaxy Fold media events in Singapore, China

Samsung Electronics Co. will delay the launch of its first foldable smartphone from the planned April 26 debut after reports of screen failures among some review units, a setback for the world's biggest handset maker.

With its folding 7.3-inch screen, Samsung's Galaxy Fold was touted as the biggest Galaxy phone yet.

After just one or two days of use, users said the display began to flicker and turn black before becoming completely unusable.

While no reasons have been provided for the Hong Kong delay, Engadget, quoting National Business Daily, is reporting that the South Korean chaebol has cancelled the Shanghai event citing issues with the venue.

The Galaxy Fold launch was scheduled to be launched in the United States on April 26. Samsung has yet to confirm the delay, and sources speaking to The Wall Street Journal did not reveal a potential alternative launch date. You have to wonder if any of the broken review units they inspected returned bad news.

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The report says that Samsung will pinpoint a new launch timeframe that should happen with the coming weeks. Although Samsung Galaxy Fold gets a rough start, foldable devices are here to stay and many other OME's are also getting ready to launch their foldable devices. Some reviewers removed this front protective layer before their screens died.

"Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge", Samsung's statement acknowledged. The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure created to protect the screen from unintended scratches. But Samsung announced Monday that it's delaying the release after reviewers found problems with the phone's screen.

There was also an instance, the company said, "where substances found inside the device affected the display performance". We have reached out to Samsung directly for confirmation.

There's more here than just confusion about what part of the Galaxy Fold is packaging and what is inherent to the screen. Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward.