[UPDATE] April 22, 2019 10:57 a.m. EST Following substantial issues with the screen, Samsung is delaying the release of its much-anticipated Galaxy Fold, The Wall Street Journal reports. According to the publication, the company’s first foldable smartphone will now not be launched “until at least next month,” as the device was originally expected to release on Friday.
Multiple tech reviewers have reported problems with the Galaxy Fold’s screen, citing a number of malfunctions. With the foldable screen being the major selling point for the device, Samsung seemingly has no choice but to delay the launch in order to address these issues.
Samsung is aiming to be the first company to release a foldable smartphone. The Galaxy Fold is priced at $1,980.
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Samsung has responded to reviews and reports published yesterday that the much-hyped folding screen on the tech giant’s new Galaxy Fold was breaking, Engadget reports. The issue is a big one, given the $1,980 smartphone’s major selling point is its revolutionary folding-screen tech.
“A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review,” Samsung said in a statement. “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.”
The Verge‘s Dieter Bohn reported that a bulge appeared in the screen’s folding crease after only one day of use, CNBC experienced a flickering screen, while Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and tech YouTuber Marques Brownlee reported busted screens after mistakenly removing a layer from their phones, thinking it was a standard screen protector found on new devices.
“The main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches,” Samsung’s statement added. “Removing the protective layer or adding adhesives to the main display may cause damage. We will ensure this information is clearly delivered to our customers.”
This isn’t the first time a flagship piece of Samsung tech has experienced major faults. In 2016, the South Korean giant was forced to recall its Galaxy Note 7 phone after reports the device was exploding.
The Galaxy Fold is still slated to arrive on April 26.