Samsung reportedly delays Galaxy Fold launch in China, postpones two other related events

Samsung reportedly delays Galaxy Fold launch in China, postpones two other related events
While Samsung continues to prepare for the April 26th launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold in several markets, including the U.S., it appears that in at least one country there will be a delay. According to a tweet from tipster Ice Universe (@UniverseIce), Samsung has delayed the release of its foldable phone in China. In addition, two activities that were scheduled to coincide with the phone's launch in the country have been postponed.

Samsung's decision to push back the release of the Galaxy Fold in China comes after several review units had issues with the foldable screen. In most of these cases, a plastic polyimide film was removed from the internal screen, causing the display to malfunction. While the plastic cover, sourced by Samsung from Japan's Sumitomo Chemical, wasn't exactly a surprise (it had been mentioned in multiple PhoneArena stories), Samsung also included a warning with its review units. Written on a wrap placed over the screen, it says "ATTENTION. The main screen includes a special protective layer. Peeling off the protective layer or using any adhesives on the main screen, such as screen protectors or stickers, may cause damage." For some of the influencers who received a Galaxy Fold and didn't read this, the plastic appeared to be the kind of protective layer that one would normally peel off the screen of a new phone. Except in this case, it was something different.

Perhaps considering this to be a mistake on the part of the influencers who received the review units, Samsung decided not to make any changes to its timetable, at least in the states. But there have been issues with the device not caused by removing the plastic film. One unit had something lodge in between the screen and hinge. This debris caused a small bulge on the phone, but more importantly, it caused the internal screen to malfunction.

SamMobile reports that Samsung is blaming the delay on the venue where it was planning to hold the now postponed launch event. But that doesn't explain the postponement of the two other events. It is possible that Samsung has delayed the launch of the Galaxy Fold in China in order to print more warnings about the protective layer on the main screen. 

The negative publicity is not exactly what Samsung was hoping for when it sent out review units to influencers. And when you take into consideration the $1,980 price tag of the phone, talk about defective screens sounds even worse. Early adapters surely won't be deterred from buying a Galaxy Fold; for these consumers, the idea of being first on their block with one far outweighs the possibility that the unit they buy might have to be sent back.

Other smartphone manufacturers are monitoring Samsung's reaction and response to this "crisis"


Samsung's Galaxy Fold isn't the first or last device in the new foldable niche of the smartphone marketplace. The Royole FlexPai was first, although the Galaxy Fold is the first from a major manufacturer. Later this summer, we expect the Huawei Mate X to be released (priced at the equivalent of $2,600 USD) and other manufacturers such as TCL, Oppo, and Xiaomi have said that they will offer foldable models. In the U.S., the Motorola RAZR (2019) has many consumers excited. A smartphone version of one of the most popular featurephones of all time (130 million RAZR V3 units were sold), the foldable, Android-powered RAZR is rumored to feature a small external screen, and will flip open vertically to reveal a 6.2-inch tall and thin display (with an aspect ratio of 22:9). The RAZR will reportedly be a Verizon exclusive, priced in the neighborhood of $1,500.

We could say that something good actually came from the removal of the plastic film from review units. Samsung will now make sure that it includes enough warnings with the packaging so that those who shelled out nearly two grand for their Galaxy Fold know not to do the same thing. And we would imagine that other manufacturers have been monitoring the situation and will include such warnings with the packaging of their foldable phones as well.

Samsung's warning not to remove the plastic film on the large Galaxy Fold screen

Samsung's warning not to remove the plastic film on the large Galaxy Fold screen

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19 Comments

1. Nine1Sickness

Posts: 896; Member since: Jan 30, 2011

Galaxy Flop

2. notfair

Posts: 686; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

LOL. so cute. Too bad that we can't make fun at iFLOP, oops sorry, apple will have a fordable one in early 2021. But to stop with the hate, sammy really f**ked up this one and they should be put on the shame wall, even though they have brought the best of the tech in nowadays, nobody should pay 2k USD for a beta product.

9. iloveapps

Posts: 399; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Best tech? Curved display, stupid. Bixby stupid. Reverse charging, though their phones had battery problems. AR emoji, stupid. QHD, stupid for not being defaut and people do not use because it consumes too much battery.

15. iushnt

Posts: 3052; Member since: Feb 06, 2013

May be care to write about something positive about them just so that you we can believe you are not biased? What do you think about S-Pen capabilities? The S-AMOLEDs display panel?

19. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 452; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

Yeah best tech. You know those Amoled displays in the latest apple smartphones MADE by Samsung. Or the RAM/Storage made by Samsung. " Bixby stupid" For you maybe but the routines are super useful even Phone Arena recommended using them on the S10. "Reverse charging" Which of the S10 devices have battery problems? Huawei did it 1st with a 2 watt speeds, Samsungs are 4.5 watt so they improved it. Judging by the fact Apple cant get wireless charging working for their Airpower you shouldnt get on your high horse :D

3. frequency

Posts: 102; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

that's exactly what i said that Sammi doesn't give a s**t to their customers even though their products have big problems. Those Sammi fans on this site will still kiss Sammy's ass no matter what. As a US customer, i felt Sammy treated our market like 2nd class(compare to China). One of the reason is because we don't have any major Android Android Android phone maker competitors. Sammy can ask the price whatever they want, they can throw their garbage immature technology anytime they want. But in China, if they make a little mistake, they will lose million of dollars, because there are many strong competitors over there. God bless America.

4. Derekjeter

Posts: 1447; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

I’m so glad Apple and Samsung are failing. This is why I’m always saying companies should not rush products to market. We shouldn’t have yearly unnecessary updates. Specially for the price of $1000 or higher. I hope all OEMs suffer the next couple of years and get their s**t straight.

12. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1172; Member since: May 01, 2017

Failing? You should look up the definition...

5. tedkord

Posts: 17088; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

I hear only 9 units were affected.

7. midan

Posts: 2555; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

9?!?!?! so many? Last time i checked it was 5 and didn’t except more coming before buyers start getting them.

8. Subie

Posts: 2270; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

tedkord, Don't worry about midan. I got the joke. Cheers!

10. iloveapps

Posts: 399; Member since: Mar 21, 2019

Samsung tard spotted. Can’t you see that its half baked products just to let you excited about how they are innivative. They should perfected first the screen of these Samsung Fail.

11. User123456789

Posts: 380; Member since: Feb 22, 2019

Because they were not shipped already. Issues are seen on the units sent to tech sites/ youtubers.

6. darkkjedii

Posts: 30784; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm sticking with Notes, and iPhones...no foldable device interest. The Fold has shown me, that foldable tech not only isn't ready, but just isn't neccessary. it's trying to be what the Note already is, a phone and a tablet...a phablet. Hell the Fold doesn't even have an S-Pen. I'm good.

13. BuffaloSouce

Posts: 1172; Member since: May 01, 2017

Foldable phones aren't the future and never will be. They're just niche products for a sliver of the market. This fad will be dead in the next two years or so. I hope Apple decides to just skip it

14. Vancetastic

Posts: 738; Member since: May 17, 2017

The great thing is that if Apple does make one, you can always not buy it! Isn’t that easy?

16. VasiliS7

Posts: 190; Member since: Jan 10, 2017

Foldable/Rollable is the future, hands down. Just if you want to develop a new technology you must to have a process and Galaxy Fold is a process.

17. midan

Posts: 2555; Member since: Oct 09, 2017

18. amstarred

Posts: 15; Member since: Oct 11, 2012

"Samsung's Galaxy Fold isn't the first or last device in the new foldable niche of the smartphone marketplace. The Royole FlexPai was first". That sound so mean..

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