Disappointment to all those Samsung lovers who were eagerly waiting for Samsung’s new Galaxy Fold. The first foldable smartphone from the South Korean giant is no longer releasing on April 26. Samsung announced on Monday that it will be announcing a new release “in the coming weeks” as Friday’s scheduled sale date is canceled.
“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. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance,” Samsung said in a statement. “To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.”
The company sent emails to all the users who pre-ordered the device stating that it will update them “with more specific shipping information in two weeks.” Notably, Samsung will avoid charging credit cards until the Galaxy Fold is shipped and the South Korean manufacturer is also offering cancellation option to all the users who pre-ordered the device.
The Wall Street Journal reported the delay on Monday in a report which followed a tweet from Richard Lai from Engadget on Sunday, who tweeted the postponement of launch-related events scheduled in Hong Kong and Shanghai on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively. The popular tipster also Ice Universe also reported that the two events have been postponed and suggested that phone sales will be affected too.
The Galaxy Fold Breaking Screen Incident
The incident happened with Fold’s plastic display that saw screen bulge and flickering. This left to a number of reports doubting the durability of the $2000 Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Reporters told that the plastic film over the interior screen of 7.3 inches is made of bendable and thin plastic rather than the usual glass ones. Another report suggested that Galaxy Fold had strong flickering issues that lead to noticeable distortion in the image. The report further claimed that it can be the debris that floats under the display while folding-unfolding.
“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,” Samsung said Monday. “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.“
Foldable phones are a whole new concept in the smartphone market. While Samsung was about to be the first smartphone giant to release the first foldable device, Huawei has also lined up its foldable smartphone Huawei Mate X for release next month. We are keeping an eye on the development of the Samsung Galaxy Fold and the news about its release will be soon updated on the website. You can follow AppsToFollow on Facebook and Twitter for further updates.