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Samsung confesses that they rushed the Galaxy Fold launch, obviously

Well, duhhh.

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Samsung has stopped short of folding its hand, admitting that they pushed the Galaxy Fold to market before it was ready.

It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready

That’s DJ Koh, Samsung’s mobile chief, speaking to The Independent and other news outlets in South Korea recently. In the fairly candid event, DJ Koh outlined that the Galaxy Fold wasn’t properly tested before release.

67 days have passed since the original release date of the Galaxy Fold

Samsung is hard at work retesting the Galaxy Fold, with over 2,000 handsets reportedly being scrutinized for all aspects of its construction. That includes new tests that Samsung didn’t even think of before handing units over to reviewers.

  • There’s still no sign of a release date for the Galaxy Fold, with rumors saying that the device is canceled
  • Unlike the Note 7 fiasco, only a small number of Galaxy Fold units were out in the wild, and none of the reported issues were of safety issues
  • Huawei has pushed back the release date of its foldable phone, while Xiaomi hadn’t set a release date, to begin with. Motorola also hasn’t set a date for its rumored Razr foldable
  • Samsung is reportedly working on another foldable handset, one that is closer to a clamshell design

While it’s clear that the mobile phone market needs innovation to get it out of the stagnant sales of recent years, I’m not sure foldable screens are the answer. They feel like a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.

We don’t want bigger screens (for the most part), we want battery life. Find a way to do that in the normal smartphone dimensions instead. Until then, I fold.

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