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Samsung delays Galaxy Fold release in China, reason unknown (Updated)

The phone was set to be released in China on April 24 -- only two days before its U.S. release.

Published onApril 22, 2019

Samsung Galaxy Fold upper half tablet mode on table

Update: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. ET: According to The Wall Street Journal, Samsung plans to delay the launch of the Galaxy Fold until “at least next month.” Read more here.

We will update this article as we learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Fold delays.

Original article: Monday, April 22, 2019 at 4:06 a.m. ET: Samsung has confirmed it will delay the Galaxy Fold‘s release in China — originally scheduled for April 24. A Samsung spokesperson confirmed the postponement to CNBCthough a reason wasn’t provided.

Samsung Galaxy Folds were recently sent to reviewers ahead of the phone’s release, but some of these devices developed issues with the flexible display after only two days of use. The problems included the screen flashing and becoming unusable, as well as debris becoming lodged beneath the screen and poking through it.

It’s possible that the delay in China is linked to the screen problems reported.

After one day of use…
— Steve Kovach (@stevekovach) April 17, 2019

Samsung hasn’t mentioned delays in other markets yet Update: Engadget says the Galaxy Fold release has also been delayed in Hong Kong. We’ve reached out for more information on other markets.

Samsung previously said it was investigating the reported screen issues and warned users not to remove the screen protector that’s fixed onto the flexible screen. At least two reviewers damaged the Fold’s display by removing this.

Samsung did not say when the phone would now go on sale in China. Currently, Samsung is still set to release the Galaxy Fold in the U.S. on April 26.

Up next: Samsung Galaxy Fold issues: What’s happening, what can Samsung do about it?

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