Samsung to delay entire launch of Galaxy Fold, committing to “Strengthen the Display Protection”

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You’re probably already tired of hearing about the Galaxy Fold by now, well, it ain’t stopping anytime soon, as Samsung have now, not only delayed the launch Event in China, but now decided to delay rollout of the Galaxy Fold “at least until next month”.

Samsung has continued to initially state commitment to the launch of the Galaxy Fold on April 26th, which by the way is only Friday, though it is becoming increasingly unlikely you’ll be able to get your hands on one by then.

Samsung has previously stated that they are to investigate the multiple reports on the display issues, and it seems, as a result of this, is why they’ve decided to push out the release for a while.

In a statement, Samsung states;

We recently unveiled a completely new mobile category: a smartphone using multiple new technologies and materials to create a display that is flexible enough to fold. We are encouraged by the excitement around the Galaxy Fold.

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.

To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks.

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.

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.

We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority. Samsung is committed to working closely with customers and partners to move the industry forward. We want to thank them for their patience and understanding.

Whilst many will be disappointed by the delay of the Galaxy Fold, let’s not forget, this is a near £2,000 base price device, and it just makes total sense to correct problems before they get in to the hands of end users who probably aren’t going to be as forgiving.

For now, however, we wait and see what Samsung does in relation to the launch of the Galaxy Fold.

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