Samsung was supposed to release its massively advertised Samsung Galaxy Fold on April 26 in China, but the launch has been cancelled. The smartphone pioneer was to release to the market its latest groundbreaking gadget which it said ‘uses multiple new technologies and materials to create a display flexible enough to fold.’
Test smartphones have however encountered numerous problems leading to the cancellation of the launch.
Problems with the Samsung Galaxy Fold
Reviewers experienced a myriad of problems with the Samsung Galaxy Fold mainly with its display functionality. Issues raised are:
- Poor display performance on the screen due to ‘substances found inside the device.’ Samsung says it will run further internal tests to discover and rectify this problem.
- Screen bulging and flickering of the gadget’s plastic screen after a few sessions of use.
- When the thin plastic film that covers the phones screen is peeled, the phone instantly became unusable. This film is apparently not a screen protector but an integral part of the phone. Most smartphones use glass instead of plastic for their screens so that when the thin film is peeled either intentionally or accidentally, it is still usable. Samsung promises to ‘strengthen the display protection.’
- The screen literally broke after several folding when in use.
- Some reviewers discovered that one part of the foldable halves would flicker more. It cannot be confirmed if such a problem persists, whether the phone can die on one side.
- There is a problem with the hinges where the phone folds.
While Samsung remains upbeat to maintain its groundbreaking technological innovation lead, the issues discovered in the Samsung Galaxy Fold may make a foldable phone uncertain. The company says it will issue a new launch date in the coming weeks once the problems are dealt with. These are issues that other companies exploring the foldable phone technology, such as Huawei (Mate X) and Motorola will be concerned with.
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