Samsung handed out review units of its new $2,000 folding smartphone to journalists this week, and it doesn’t seem to be going very well. Multiple reviewers hit social media on Wednesday to say that their Galaxy Fold handsets are suffering from a debilitating display issue after just a few days of use.
From The Verge’s Dieter Bohn:
Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit. It’s just enough to slightly distort the screen, and I can feel it under my finger. There’s something pressing up against the screen at the hinge, right there in the crease. My best guess is that it’s a piece of debris, something harder than lint for sure. It’s possible that it’s something else, though, like the hinge itself on a defective unit pressing up on the screen.
It’s a distressing thing to discover just two days after receiving my review unit. More distressing is that the bulge eventually pressed sharply enough into the screen to break it. You can see the telltale lines of a broken OLED converging on the spot where the bulge is.
And YouTube standout MKBHD:
Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman and CNBC’s Steve Kovach are reporting similar issues. And while the above MKBHD tweet suggests taking off the Fold’s “screen protector” may be a possible culprit for the issues, both Gurman and Kovach say they didn’t remove the protective layer and their displays are still failing.
After several months of rumors, leaks and teasers, Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold in February. It began taking pre-orders earlier this month, which quickly sold out, and the handset is slated to officially launch on April 26. At the time of publishing, Samsung had not provided any comments on the reports.
Source: The Verge