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Those of us eagerly waiting to get a hold of the first ever-foldable phone on April 26 will have to be patient a little while longer, as Samsung has announced that it has officially postponed the launch of its Samsung Galaxy Fold.
The mean reason cited for the delay is technical issues. Some reviewers have reported that the screen has broken after a few days of using the device, or it has started flickering or even not working at all after “folding” the device.
The company said in a press release: “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.” It also made promises to fix these issues and improve the protection of the display and the inner components.
Tech giant, Samsung, is probably keen to not repeat past mistakes. In 2016, it was forced to recall its Note 7 mobile following reports of exploding batteries.
Huawei took a different strategy. It announced its version of the foldable phone Huawei Mate X 20 toe-to-toe with Samsung, but did not rush the release, instead announcing mid-July as a goal date for launch. Seeing what problems appear with Samsung’s foldable phone could be beneficial as it builds its own device.
With new technologies, new challenges appear, and this will be the case with any new device. As Samsung undertakes more tests before announcing a new release date, Huawei, RedMe, Xiaome and all other manufacturers, please take note.