Following a slew of negative reviews from the first fleet of test units, Samsung has decided to postpone the launch of the Galaxy Fold until further notice.
"Initial findings from the inspection of reported issues on the display showed that they could be associated with impact on the top and bottom exposed areas of the hinge. There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance," Samsung said in a statement. "To fully evaluate this feedback and run further internal tests, we have decided to delay the release of the Galaxy Fold."
Samsung also planned to hold launch related events in Hong Kong and Shanghai this week but both appear to have been postponed as well. Engadget's Chinese Editor-in-chief, Richard Lai reported the news yesterday on Twitter saying:
Samsung Galaxy Fold launch events in Hong Kong and Shanghai have been postponed. They were originally scheduled for this Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively.
— Richard Lai (@richardlai) April 21, 2019
"While many reviewers shared with us the vast potential they see, some also showed us how the device needs further improvements that could ensure the best possible user experience," Samsung added. "We will take measures to strengthen the display protection. We will also enhance the guidance on care and use of the display including the protective layer so that our customers get the most out of their Galaxy Fold."
Samsung had already begun taking pre-orders ahead of the previously anticipated launch date of April 26. They have since distributed emails to those individuals stating that more information will be made available in two weeks. Those who placed pre-orders can still choose to back out of their $2,000 purchase without facing any repercussions. Everyone else will need to wait and see how it all “unfolds."