Samsung has decided to postpone the launch of its anticipated folding smartphone after a number of reviews noted the device was too flimsy.
A report in The Wall Street Journal says the company has pushed the launch back until at least May. The Galaxy Fold, as it’s called, was set to launch April 26.
The Galaxy Fold, the first phone with a foldable screen in the U.S., created significant buzz when it was introduced. Several reviewers, however, noted that the device was breaking after just a few days use, with one screen flickering or not working at all after normal use.
The Journal said pressure from the phone’s hinge might be damaging the display.
Samsung was scheduled to host a launch event for the Fold in Hong Kong and China, but has postponed those.
The delay gives other companies that make foldable phones an opportunity. Huawei, for example, is about to launch the Mate X.
Samsung has learned hard lessons in the past about launching devices that weren’t ready for prime time, such as with the Note 7, which was recalled due to exploding batteries. And when consumers are being asked to pay $ 2,000 for a device, the company wants to ensure that everything goes smoothly.
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