Samsung delays launch of the Galaxy Fold—for obvious reasons
The Samsung Galaxy Fold, photo via TechRadar
The cost of innovation?
In an unsurprising, *ahem*, unfolding of events, Samsung has announced that it is delaying the Galaxy Fold launch, an event which was originally set to happen on April 26, 2019.
We can beat around the bush or we can directly address the elephant in the room: Galaxy Fold isn’t in a good shape, at least not enough to put consumers at peace especially if it costs almost $2,000. Critics and enthusiasts seem to have fallen into one consensus. After a string of videos showcasing how easily the screen is destroyed, many agree that it isn’t Galaxy Fold’s time yet.
For context, Mark Gurman from Bloomberg had his Galaxy Fold die as well after peeling off what looks like a typical pre-installed screen protector. “Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. I removed it, not knowing you’re not supposed to (consumers won’t know either),” he says in a tweet.
In line with, Samsung put out the announcement below, alongside the decision to delay the device’s launch.
“We recently unveiled a completely new mobile category: a smartphone using multiple new technologies and materials to create a display that is flexible enough to fold. We are encouraged by the excitement around the Galaxy Fold.
While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience.
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.
Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with an impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.
We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold.
We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority. Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding.”
The Galaxy Fold, photos via Business Insider and Trusted Reviews
These incidents with the Galaxy Fold set Samsung far back into the race to foldable smartphones. They also give Huawei some room to do a better job and put its upcoming Huawei Mate X through extensive quality assurance.
All that being said, Samsung looks to do a lot of reworking for the Fold. We don’t know as yet when Samsung will finally release the handset, but we’re counting sometime towards the end of the year.
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