Samsung’s latest stumble extends delay of foldable smartphones

It was supposed to debut on April 26 at $1,980, but as June approaches, the phone is nowhere to be seen and has run into some troubles.

Samsung; Illustration by Joseph Lin / Ladders

Is the Galaxy Fold becoming a mythical idea?

In the ever-changing mobile phone landscape, Samsung promised to deliver a first-of-its-kind foldable smartphone earlier this year. The Galaxy Fold, which was first unveiled as a prototype in 2018, was promised to be a tablet-like device running on Google Android that could either slip neatly into your pocket just like any other phone but could also flip open into a tablet with a 7.3-inch canvas.


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It was supposed to debut on April 26 at $1,980, but as June approaches, the phone is nowhere to be seen and has run into some troubles.

The troubles first started in April when Samsung yanked all Galaxy Fold samples to reviewers after users reported breaks and screen malfunctions, according to Reuters. Earlier this month, Samsung said it wasn’t able to confirm the shipping date for the Galaxy Ford and told preorder customers that if their phone wasn’t shipped by May 31st, their order would be canceled.

That alarm was only exacerbated when Best Buy said in a statement that it went ahead and canceled all preorders in the best interest of its customers.

Samsung said in a statement to The Verge last week that a new release date would be announced in “the coming weeks” but that apparently isn’t happening soon, according to a new report.

The Korean Herald, citing industry sources, said the launch of the product isn’t going to take place until after June due to setbacks. Samsung denied the speculation and said the sources couldn’t be confirmed.

“The improvement process is taking place extremely confidentially, and comments from telecom industry sources can’t be confirmed,” Samsung said.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold delay comes at a time when the tech company could’ve held a firm grasp on the foldable smartphone market. Its main competitor is China’s Huawei Mate X, but Huawei was recently placed on the Trump administration’s US trade blacklist this month. That forced Google to ban Huawei from using its Android operating system and although the company reportedly is ready to announce a new OS soon, its appeal in the United States remains unclear without Android.

Meanwhile, CNBC reported last year that Apple’s version of a foldable iPhone could be released in 2020. The tech giant has a few patents that date back nearly a decade of the concept.

Apple has continued to focus on enhancing its current batch of products which included a new iPod touch that has group FaceTime capabilities and augmented reality.

Samsung didn’t immediately return Ladders’ request for comment for this story.


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Kyle Schnitzer|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at kschnitzer@theladders.com.