Samsung announces release date for Galaxy Fold after 3-month delay
Samsung has finally unveiled a release date for its hotly anticipated $2000 foldable smartphone after making “necessary improvements”.
The world’s largest smartphone maker is set to release its Galaxy Fold device in September, after being forced to delay its release indefinitely following disastrous reviews.
In late April Samsung sent out its new Galaxy Fold to tech journalists around the world for review only for a myriad of issues with the device to be exposed, including a defective hinge, screen distortion and flickering, and numerous users mistakenly removing part of the screen thinking it was a screen protector.
Samsung now says it has now fixed all the issues and is carrying out final testing to ensure this time it is ready to go to market.
“Samsung has taken the time to fully evaluate the product design, make necessary improvements and run rigorous tests to validate the changes we made,” it stated.
Earlier this month Samsung warned investors that it expected its second quarter operating profits to dive 56 per cent, largely due to trade sanctions placed on its Chinese rival mobile phone maker Huawei, one of Samsung’s largest buyers of microchips, by the US.
It originally expected one million Galaxy Fold models to be sold this year, but the three-month delay and negative press coverage will likely hinder sales, leaving its new Galaxy Note 10, due for release in August, to pick up the slack.