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Samsung Galaxy Fold launch events delayed in China

Samsung Galaxy Fold launch events delayed in China

Samsung was confident the Fold would be a success, hailing it as "unlike any device that has come before it" ahead of its expected USA release on 26 April, where it will cost just under $2,000.

It was an unexpectedly aggressive roadmap. The Galaxy Fold, with its $1,980 price tag (£1,800 in the UK), was not meant to be a mass market hit, but many hoped it would hint at a new wave of smartphone advances - an area that has been lagging in recent years.

That confidence appears to have let Samsung down now. However, just days after it had begun to send out review units to journalists, multiple reports of significant issues with the phone's foldable display surfaced. And if there is a more significant problem with the Galaxy Fold display, it would take longer than a few weeks to sort out. However, Samsung explained the screen protector isn't supposed to be removed. Immediately following last week's string of device issues, Samsung said that it was still targeting April 26.

Simultaneously, however, other issues arose.

Speculation about problems with the Galaxy Fold's design first arose last month.

But journalists have posted scathing reviews of the product, which is created to be similar in size to a normal mobile when closed but also capable of opening up to reveal a tablet-style screen. It is clear that Samsung is postponing the launch of the Fold due to the reliability issues. However it insisted there was no plan to change the release schedule.

Samsung's US launch partners for the Galaxy Fold, AT&T and T-Mobile did not immediately respond to requests for comment. That device has an equally vague release date however, set for some time in the second half of 2019.

Smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd said on Monday it will delay the public rollout of its Galaxy Fold without giving a new release date. This suggests that it was not the venue that caused the launch to be delayed.

To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have chose to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold.

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