Following the many
problems in dozens of test units sent to reviewers, Samsung has officially announced that it is delaying it’s April 26 launch until sometime in May. Sources have said that the launch could be as soon as May 13.
A company spokesperson said:
“We want our customers to have the best experience possible which is why, after initial feedback, we have decided to delay the release of the category-changing Galaxy Fold to make sure it measures up to the high standards we know you expect from us,” the company said. “We plan to announce the [new] release date in the coming weeks.”
This is a very wise move for Samsung, especially after the Note 7 battery problems. How Samsung handles this will dictate their destiny. If they can fix these problems, they can restore the public’s faith in foldable smartphones as the future of technology.
Samsung has said that they will be focusing on “…taking measures to strengthening the display.” Below is the full statement from Samsung:
“While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience. To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold. We plan to announce the release date in the coming weeks. 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. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance. We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold. We value the trust our customers place in us and they are always our top priority. 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.”