Samsung Delays Shipping its $2,000 Folding Smartphone after Encountering Issues With Early Testing Units

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Samsung have decided to delay the release of its nearly $2,000 foldable phone after reviewers encountered issues with their test units.

   Galaxy Fold smartphone
Samsung Galaxy Fold ~ bbc.com

 Galaxy Fold smartphone which was set for launch on April 26 is suffering glitches and as such Samsung said it is delaying the release to "fully evaluate the feedback and run further internal tests".

According to BBC, Samsung said in a statement, it suspected the damage experienced by some of the reviewers was caused by "impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge".

It also said it found "substances" inside one of the review devices that may have affected its performance.

Launch events due to take place in Hong Kong and Shanghai this week have also been postponed.

The Galaxy Fold was due to be released in the United States on 26 April, and in the UK on 3 May.

The South Korean tech giant has said it is investigating what went wrong with the broken review units.

In some cases, reviewers had peeled off a layer of the screen's coating, mistaking it for a disposable screen protector.

"We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer," Samsung said in a statement.

Chinese rivals Huawei and Xiaomi are also developing foldable smartphones, but neither company has announced a release date yet.

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