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Samsung rushed to be the first to market with a folding smartphone, and the high-profile failure of the Galaxy Fold highlighted the perils of rushing to market. The device failed in the hands of reviewers, and it's still unclear when the Fold might launch. Samsung is looking down the road and sees devices with folding screens as the future. A new patent application has turned up that shows something completely different with a smartphone that has a screen that rolls up inside the phone body. The patent line art shows a device that has a traditional bar-style smartphone design. Rather than having a screen that folds in the middle as the Galaxy Fold did, the patent shows a device that has a screen... Read more...
For AT&T, it is not quite 'out with the old and in with the new', as it is 'out with broken and in with the new'. The 'new' in this case would be Samsung's Galaxy S10 5G model, which as the name implies, has a 5G radio inside. As for the 'not old but broken', that would be the Galaxy Fold—customers are receiving notices that AT&T has canceled their Galaxy Fold preorders. More on that in a moment. The Galaxy S10 5G is the flagship model in the Galaxy S10 series, which comprises the regular Galaxy S10, the bigger Galaxy S10+, and the cheaper Galaxy S10e (we have a review in progress of this model, by the way). It is the only one of the four to rock a 5G modem, making it an enticing... Read more...
So far this year, we've two production near-production folding smartphones from Samsung and Huawei. Both smartphones have folding OLED display panels that can fold in half, making for a more pocketable device when not in use. However, both the Galaxy Fold and the Mate X exhibit an unsightly display crease when fully unfurled. A newly granted Microsoft patent, however, look to solve the display crease problem with an innovative hinge mechanism beneath the display. The patent, which was first discovered by Windows United, is entitled “Moveable display supports, computing devices using same, and methods of use” and was granted on June... Read more...
It looks as though a planned June re-launch date for the Samsung Galaxy Fold won't happen after all. The intriguing Galaxy Fold flagship was supposed to launch in late April, but that release was foiled by an epic fail with regards to the smartphone's display and hinge mechanism in the hands of reviewers. It was expected that Samsung would attempt to launch the Galaxy Fold again in June, but we're hearing today that the device will not be released next month. This news comes from the South Korean publication, Yohap News Agency, which says that Samsung still needs more time to ensure the workability of the design changes it has made to the Galaxy Fold's... Read more...
To say that the Galaxy Fold's introduction to the public didn't go as planned for Samsung would be quite the understatement. The launch of the highly anticipated folding smartphone was embarrassingly derailed after pre-production units failed at an alarming rate in the hands of reviewers. Samsung would later postpone the launch of the Galaxy Fold, and even told customers that their preorders would be canceled if they didn't directly reach out to "reconfirm" that they wanted their $1,980 smartphones shipped out. This week, another twist in the Galaxy Fold saga is underway as Best Buy has confirmed that it is cancelling all preorders for the smartphone. Best Buy says that... Read more...
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was a highly anticipated first step into the world of folding smartphones, but its initial launch was abruptly canceled after reviewers one-after-another reported problems with the smartphones’ displays. From debris that was lodged under the panel itself, to the protective display cover being ripped off, the Galaxy Fold was clearly not ready for primetime. Late last month, Samsung issued the following statement regarding issues that it found during its own internal investigation: 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... Read more...
Samsung pitched a "revolutionary display" as part of the Galaxy Fold, the folding smartphone "made from bonded layers of innovative polymer material." And maybe it will be revolutionary when all is said and done. That will depend in part on whether or not Samsung has figured out and fixed the issue(s) that plagued the Galaxy Fold's initial launch, as the company claims it has. For anyone who has not been following the situation, the Galaxy Fold represents Samsung's attempt to innovate in the smartphone space, with a handset that folds in half to function as a regular smartphone (albeit a chunky one) and opens up to operate as a mini tablet. "The 4.6-inch cover display allows for easy one-handed... Read more...
Some customers who preordered a Galaxy Fold handset in the United States are having their orders cancelled. Amid reports of numerous display failures, including models that were sent out to reviewers, Samsung has delayed the Galaxy Fold's global roll out, and is putting some preorders in the US on hold while it investigates the issue(s). One of the problems stemmed from a protective covering that comes pre-installed on the Galaxy Fold. Some reviewers noted that it was peeled back a little bit out of the box, and proceeded to remove the film. However, unbeknownst to them at the item, removing the film permanently damages the display. Some reviewers and users found that out the hard way. Apparently... Read more...
Samsung has reported its Q1 net profit and things aren't good for the smartphone and chip giant. Samsung's net profits declined 57% to 5.04 trillion South Korean won ($4.4 billion), a sharp decline from the 11.69 trillion won for the same quarter of last year. Revenue declined sharply from 60.56 trillion won in the same quarter of 2018 to 52.39 trillion won in Q1 2019. The massive decline wasn't a surprise to analysts; the prediction was for net profit of 4.9 trillion won and revenue of 52 trillion won for the quarter that wrapped up on March 31. This marks the lowest net profit that Samsung has earned since Q3 2016 when the company was hammered by the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco including fires and... Read more...
One of the things that tech fans love is to see the insides of gadgets to get an idea of if they can be fixed if something breaks, and to satisfy curiosity. One of the great purveyors of teardowns is iFixit, and not long ago it published a teardown of the controversial Galaxy Fold smartphone. The major issue with the Galaxy Fold is that several of the devices had screen failures in the hands of reviewers only a short time after being received. Samsung vowed to investigate the failures and delayed the launch of the smartphone. How Samsung could have missed such glaring issues with the screen during its testing is a mystery. Samsung doesn't want people getting a look at the inside of the Galaxy... Read more...
The Galaxy Fold has been the subject of some controversy arising out of its design and the shape that it shipped in, both to preorder customers and reviewers. Simply put, Samsung's folding phone has been breaking. In some cases, the wounds are self-inflicted, to an extent. But there does appear to be an actual design flaw, which a thorough teardown potentially sheds some light on. One of the issues with the Galaxy Fold is what some have mistaken to be a removable protective film on the display. Peeling it off does irreversible damage to the screen, as some reviewers found out the unfortunate way. However, that has not been the sole cause of frustration. In other cases, the phone is breaking early,... Read more...
It looked as if Samsung had a hit on its hands with the Samsung Galaxy Fold that hit preorder in the U.S. stage earlier this month and sold out quickly. Not long after Samsung's seemingly successful preorder for the device, word started to surface from reviewers at multiple outlets that the folding screen was failing; something that Samsung has vowed to investigate. Samsung had a launch for the device in China slated for April 24, and it is being reported that the event is being postponed. Samsung isn't stating that it is postponing the Chinese launch due to the screen failures; it has given no official reason for the delay. Official comment or not, the screen failure issue is widely viewed... Read more...
Samsung's Galaxy Fold has been making the rounds in news headlines this week for all the wrong reasons. There have been numerous reports of early units sent to the press failing spectacularly. Samsung has indicated that it is investigating the display failures, but has no plans to delay the April 26th launch date. Now we're getting a true look at the innards of the device thanks to a teardown posted to Weibo. Unfortunately, the original Weibo post has been removed, but the kind folks at PhoneArena were able to preserve the images for us. During the process of disassembling the device, the author of the Weibo post described ripping out the display as "tearing a piece... Read more...
Yesterday told you about the unfortunate news concerning Samsung's brand-new Galaxy Fold smartphone. Hailed as being a revolutionary design that gives users a tablet experience in a device that is still somewhat pocketable, the Galaxy Fold is the first such entry from a major OEM. In a flood of first-person reports that came through yesterday, it was discovered that the flexible displays on the Galaxy Fold were breaking prematurely. In one instance, a piece of foreign material worked its way under one review unit and eventual pierced the OLED panel, permanently damaging it. In other instances, a protective layer over the display began peeling away prematurely. In yet another, the... Read more...
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