Samsung delays Galaxy Fold rollout amid malfunctions

Some Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone are failing after just two days of testing by journalists

Samsung was quick to issue a statement saying this is not a cause of concern and the launch of the Galaxy Fold will continue as planned. Although it is a fledgling technology Samsung may be onto something here. Samsung revealed the Galaxy Fold alongside the Galaxy S10, kicking off its launch event for the flagship series with the clamshell smartphone. It was announced alongside the Galaxy S10 in February, but while the S10 was put on display to be touched and tapped, the Galaxy Fold was only shown in a glass box.

After just one or two days of use, users said the display began to flicker and turn black before becoming completely unusable.

The newspaper's sources say that Samsung now expects to release the Galaxy Fold "in the coming weeks".

The earliest reports about this issue on Samsung's official forums is from last Thursday. Remember, last week a few Galaxy Fold units in the hands of early tech reviewers were fatally damaged in two scenarios.

So far Samsung has not responded to the report. As stock prices fell, Samsung has gone into damage control mode by postponing press events originally scheduled for this week in China.

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If you were hoping to set up your Samsung smartwatch with a new phone, you might want to hold off. Late previous year the company said this display technology was stolen, though, and sold to competitors in China.

The handset will likely need a significant reworking, leaving the way open for the Huawei Mate X, which has been felt by many to have a more robust design, to be the first major folding smartphone. Priced a whopping $1980, the fold features a 4.6-inch display when folded up, and unfolds to a 7.3-inch screen.

Some of those issues were apparently related to journalists peeling off a protective layer, which looked like a traditional screen protector but was actually a key part of the display.

The Galaxy Fold is one of the most revolutionary phones the world has ever seen. "We have received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided", wrote a Samsung spokesperson in response to the initial claims.

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