Samsung Electronics has postponed its press briefings on the Galaxy Fold smartphone, which were scheduled for April 23 in Hong Kong and April 24 in Shanghai, due to its defects recently found in the United States.
Wall Street Journal columnist Joanna Stern recently posted a YouTube video mocking the phone. More than 570,000 people watched the video in two days. Fortunately for Samsung though, most of them are criticizing the journalist for being full of prejudice.
Samsung Electronics says that the display defects of the phone are because its screen protection film as a display module component was mistakenly removed by reviewers. The company is currently analyzing defective products and the result of the analysis will come out soon. The product release date is likely to be fixed depending on the result.
Experts point out that the debut of the phone in the United States is likely to be postponed from April 26 and the same will occur in China and South Korea. Its debut in the South Korean market is currently scheduled for the middle of next month.
In the meantime, the current situation is making competitors nervous as well. Huawei and Xiaomi are planning to release their first foldable smartphones in July and the second quarter of this year, respectively. Their foldable phones are folded outward unlike the Galaxy Fold and, as such, are more vulnerable to external impacts.