Samsung reportedly postpones Galaxy Fold launches in China

Ruben Fields
April 22, 2019

While Samsung gave no reason for the delay, the news itself is not surprising, given the recent turmoil surrounding the Galaxy Fold phone.

Samsung is postponing its China launch event for its foldable smartphone just days after reports of defective screens on the almost $2,000 device.

Samsung has come under criticism for the Galaxy Fold from tech journalists reporting the device is breaking after use.

Some of the problems seem to have stemmed from the removal of a protective plastic layer on the display - it may look like an optional screen protector but it's actually essential to the smooth operation of the folding screen.

"A limited number of early Galaxy Fold samples were provided to media for review".

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Samsung said it received "a few" reports of damage to the displays of samples of the $1,980 handset, raising the spectre of the combustible Galaxy Note 7 three years ago which the firm ultimately pulled from shelves at massive cost.

Credit: Tom's GuideSamsung was slated to hold Galaxy Fold events in Hong Kong and Shanghai on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. "We will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter", Samsung explained.

The press events were originally scheduled for April 23 and 24.

Arguably, the Galaxy Fold is not meant to be a phone for the majority of consumers. However, the US launch is still scheduled for April 26, and it appears Samsung is still on track to begin sales in South Korea and Europe beginning in May.

The reviewers' reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter.

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