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Report: Samsung delays the Galaxy Fold as folding screens malfunction (Update: Confirmed)

Report: Samsung delays the Galaxy Fold as folding screens malfunction (Update: Confirmed)
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Samsung won’t release its Galaxy Fold smartphone this week after all. Sources tell the Wall Street Journal that the foldable phone will launch in May at the earliest instead of on Friday, due to “problems affecting the handset’s hinge and extra pressure applied to the internal screen.”

Last week, three tech journalists reported different problems with the phone’s foldable display, including a screen whose left side flickered off after a day of use, a bulge on the phone’s crease that caused the display to crack, and black material bleeding from one side of the screen to the other. The WSJ says Samsung is still investigating, but decided to delay the launch in light of those reports.

The Galaxy Fold won’t be a hit either way. Samsung is only planning a limited run for the phone, which at $1,980 is nearly twice the price of other high-end smartphones. Reviewers have praised the concept, but panned the scratch-prone display, visible crease down the center of the screen, and lack of optimized apps.

Update: Samsung has confirmed that it is delaying the Galaxy Fold, and plans to announce a new release date “in the coming weeks.” The company says it will strengthen the display protection and offer more guidance to users on how to care for the device. Reuters also reports that Samsung is recalling the units it’s already sent to reviewers.

“We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority,” the company said in a statement to Business Insider. “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.

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