According to reports by SamMobile and Chinese editor Engadget, Richard Lai, Samsung has delayed launches of its Galaxy Fold phone, about $ 2,000, in Hong Kong and Shanghai.
According to SamMobile, "a person claiming to know the subject" said that Samsung accused the sites involved for the delays, which was supported by a frequent tipster. Lai's message contained no such information, merely saying that two events of April 23 and 24 had been canceled. (Gizmodo has contacted Samsung for confirmation and we will update this message if we receive it.)
The Galaxy Fold, one of the first smartphones with a foldable display to be sold in the market, was undermined by early critics focusing largely on the thing that breaks more or less immediately. CNBC reporters The Verge and Bloomberg have all had problems ranging from hinge bumps to scintillating screens to a protective film on the phone that looks like the removable type usually used on packaging, but it must not be removed because it could break. the phone.
Gizmodo had no such problem with our copy and the TechCrunch review service continues to work, based on a message this morning.
Samsung told Gizmodo that he was working to "determine the cause" of the technical problems, adding that the removal of the protective film was a separate problem that would result in warnings "clearly delivered to our customers".
This phone is very used – as CNN noted, Samsung said it sold each device available on its own website (although it is not clear how many were on sale) and said last week launch on April 26 in the United States as planned. CNN said separately that not moving the timeline to this location "suggests that Samsung" might think that the issues related to the review are "isolated incidents", while deploying the new collapsible technology as "one-offs" is likely to be a problem. standalone device rather than a feature of its main line reduces the likelihood of resembling Galaxy Note 7 The debacle of the burning battery recurs. Expectations could also be somewhat flexible, as the phone is designed for limited output and is to some extent a novelty device (even if it costs $ 2,000).
Of course, it is quite possible that the reported deferrals have nothing to do with the apparent fragility of the Galaxy Fold and that the phone continues to cross to the market as expected. However, competitors are progressing somewhat more slowly, with Huawei's Mate X not scheduled for launch until the fall, the Wall Street Journal reported.[[[[Richard Lai/ SamMobile via the Verge]