Wednesday 22 May 2019

Teething problems delay €1,700 Galaxy Fold smartphone launch

 

The Samsung Galaxy Fold (Martyn Landi/PA)
The Samsung Galaxy Fold (Martyn Landi/PA)

Rachel Lerman

Samsung is pushing back this week's planned public launch of its highly anticipated folding phone after reports that reviewers' phones were breaking.

The company had been planning to release the Galaxy Fold on Friday, but will run more tests and announce a new launch in the "coming weeks".

The delay is a setback for Samsung and for the smartphone market.

The Fold, with its $1,980 (€1,760) price tag in the US, was not intended to be a mass market hit, but many hoped it would hint at a new wave of smartphone advances which have slowed in recent years.

Reviewers quickly found issue with the device, which is about the size of an average smartphone when folded, and the size of a small tablet when its two sides are pulled apart.

Several journalists reported the inside screens flickering, freezing and finally dying within the first couple of days.

Two reviewers mistakenly removed an outer plastic layer that was meant to stay on and reported scratches on the screen afterwards.

Irish Independent

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