Originally, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold was set to launch on the 26th of April but following poor feedback from the early reviewers the launch date has been pushed back to allow for further testing.
The release date has been pushed back and Samsung has announced that the new launch date will be confirmed in the “coming weeks”. It was set to launch this Friday in America and on the 3rd of May in the UK but the tech giant now need time to "fully evaluate the feedback and run further internal tests".
The phone’s retail price is £1,800 ($1,980) and isn’t a mass-market phone that will appeal to everyone. Samsung’s aim was to show how innovative the brand is and show significant developments in smartphones as there have been no major advances in smartphones for the past few years, however, the phone has suffered a lot of backlash from early reviewers which could jeopardise the brand.
Reviewers have reported the screens breaking after just a couple of days of use. The screens begin by flickering, freezing and eventually dying, even though Samsung claimed the screen could be opened and closed more than 100,000 times based on their lab tests. Two reviewers mistakenly took a plastic layer off of the screen that was supposed to stay on and stated that the screen suffered from scratches afterwards.
Samsung has released a statement regarding the testing; "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," the company wrote. "There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance.
They are now going back to the drawing board to make some improvements and further test before their re-launch. "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."
Chinese competitors Huawei and Xiaomi are also in the process of developing their own foldable smartphones but their release dates are yet to be announced, so this is a crucial time for Samsung to be a market leader in foldable technology.
Will the Samsung Galaxy Fold come back fighting or is it a flop?