The rumors are true: Samsung is delaying the Galaxy Fold.
In a statement that was just issued, Samsung says that it is delaying the Galaxy Fold so that it can evaluate the early feedback it's received and run more internal tests on the Fold. It was originally slated to launch on April 26th. A new release date for the device will be announced in the coming weeks.
Samsung goes on to explain the issues with the Galaxy Fold's display could be related to impact on the top and bottom parts of the exposed hinge. "There was also an instance where substances found inside the device affected the display performance," the company says.
To address the problems, Samsung says it will strengthen the display protection. It also plans to offer better guidance on the care and use of the Galaxy Fold, including the protective layer that some reviewers peeled off, to help consumers use the device.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was given to some reviewers last week, and within a day or two of use, several units ended up with broken internal displays. Some issues were likely caused by people peeling off the protective layer on top of the internal 7.3-inch screen, but some people say that they didn't touch the protective layer but their screen still broke. Now Samsung is pushing back the launch of the Galaxy Fold so that it can investigate the issue. That seems like a smart move, as the Galaxy Fold isn't a cheap device, and so you want people taking a risk on the $1,980 phone to be confident that it's going to work and not break within a week or two of use.