Samsung has announced that they will be delaying the launch of their foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold.
The device was supposed to launch on April 26th in the US. This news comes just about a week after a few US reviewers got their Galaxy Fold review units but experienced issues with the display, which caused it to malfunction or be useable.
Here’s Samsung complete statement:
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.
We’ve reached out to Samsung Canada about how this news affects the Canadian launch of the device (which was set for this summer) and they’ve told us as of right now there are no updates regarding the Canadian availability of the phone.