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Reviewers' backlash forces Samsung to delay Galaxy Fold events in China

The reviewers' reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter

Reuters  |  Seoul 

Samsung Galaxy Fold | Photo: Samsung
Samsung Galaxy Fold | Photo: Samsung

Smartphone maker Electronics Co Ltd has postponed media events for its Fold planned for this week in Hong Kong and Shanghai, a company official said, days after reviewers of the foldable handset reported defective samples.

The official did not elaborate on reasons or rescheduling.

Instead of plaudits ahead of the phone's launch on April 26 in the United States, the South Korean conglomerate has been blighted by technology journalists reporting breaks, bulges and blinking screens after using their samples for as little as a day.

said it received "a few" reports of damage to the displays of samples of the $1,980 handset, raising the spectre of the combustible Note 7 three years ago which the firm ultimately pulled from shelves at massive cost.

The reviewers' reports of broken screens went viral online and prompted the creation of hashtag #foldgate on Twitter.

has hailed the folding design as the future in a field that has seen few surprises since Apple Inc's iPhone in 2007. Chinese rival has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X.

The Samsung official on Monday said the firm was thoroughly investigating the damage reports as previously announced, and declined to comment on whether there would be any change to the U.S. release date.

The firm plans to begin South Korean and European sales in May, and Chinese sales from an undisclosed date.

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First Published: Mon, April 22 2019. 11:20 IST
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