Already some of Samsung’s new, close to $2,000 folding phones appear to be breaking in just a couple of days of pre-launch.
Medias who acquired the phones to review before the public launch stated the Galaxy Fold screen began flickering and turning black before completely fizzling out. Two journalists said they removed a thin, protective layer from the screens that they thought was supposed to come off, but was meant to stay.
But reporters from The Verge and CNBC noted they left that layer on and their screens still broke down. A CNBC video shows the left side of the inside screen intermittently flashing, and the right side as unresponsive.
The long-awaited folding phone is about the size of a standard smartphone when folded, but can open up to the size of a small tablet. The phone is designed to work whether closed or open; when open, the single screen display is bisected by a crease.
But phone was “completely unusable” after two days, a reporter Todd Haselton wrote.
Samsung claims the screen can withstand being opened and closed 200,000 times, or 100 times a day for five years.
Samsung’s Galaxy Fold goes on market April 26 in the U.S. for $1,980, making it one of the most expensive consumer phones to date — particularly if it isn’t as durable as promised.
The company previously had a disastrous rollout of a new phone in 2016 with the Galaxy Note 7, which Samsung eventually recalled because its batteries were catching on fire.Share on