Galaxy Fold: Samsung is going to cancel some pre-orders for its smartphone foldable

It should be available in France for 2020 euros since may 3. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, first smartphone to screen foldable proposed by a big brand, should not be

Galaxy Fold: Samsung is going to cancel some pre-orders for its smartphone foldable

It should be available in France for 2020 euros since may 3. The Samsung Galaxy Fold, first smartphone to screen foldable proposed by a big brand, should not be distributed before long months. The Korean company has not yet confirmed the new release date of the smartphone has been criticized for its lack of reliability. According to Reuters, Samsung has sent an e-mail to future u.s. owners of the device to prevent them that they had to confirm their pre-order before the 31st of may, under penalty of being automatically refunded. The manufacturer could not "confirm the expected shipping date for now". A mandatory procedure in the eyes of the american legislation, according to a spokesperson of the brand. Impossible to know yet whether this decision will also affect future customers, French and europeans of the Galaxy Fold.

Huawei and Google in ambush

Supposed to be marketed from the end of the month of April in the United States, the smartphone screen foldable Samsung had been unveiled with great pomp on the 20th of February last, putting an end to several months of rumours. The Korean company had attempted to occupy the field of the communication to test the Galaxy Fold to several influencers and journalists americans in the month of April. However, very quickly, several of them had noticed the reliability problems associated with the screen folding. After a few hours of use, the latter showed signs of weakness, any part of the screen could suddenly no longer work.

in the Face of the controversy, Samsung has finally decided to postpone the official release of the smartphone, on April 22. A decision which poses a problem as the company had planned to make a million on the whole of the year, according to Reuters. It comes mostly from taint, once again, the reputation of the builder, who had already had to deal with a scandal of size two years ago when the batteries of some models of the Galaxy Note 7 has caught fire for no reason.

This unexpected delay happens at the worst time for Samsung. Its biggest rival, the chinese Huawei, the third manufacturer in the world, which continues to increase market share, has also announced a smartphone screen foldable, the Mate X, which is expected to be marketed in the fall. Google, for its part, has confirmed in recent days by the voice of the responsible development of its brand of smartphone Pixel, Mario Queiroz, he was working on a model of folding, for the moment at the prototype stage.

Updated Date: 10 May 2019, 00:00

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