Samsung has tried to deliver a big innovation in the smartphone industry, but in their pursuit to deliver the first foldable smartphone in the industry, they might have hastened the launch event and failed miserably at the end. What Samsung touted as the next breakthrough event in the smartphone world, its “Galaxy Fold” is starting to break due to its unique folding mechanism.
A big story to come out from this week was that in the buildup to Samsung’s release of the Galaxy Fold smartphone, potentially one of the most unique and innovative smartphone of 2019; this expensive phone was supposed to be shipped for consumers in the latter part of this year. There are some signs that this could be a momentous failure for Samsung. The company just sent out only about a dozen review units to some press outlets and tech reviewers, and three out of the dozen units seemed to have failed for three distinct and separate reasons, which does not bode well for Samsung.
Does this inspire much faith in the durability and longevity of the near about $2000 hardware, which has already been sold out in terms of pre-orders for the smartphone? No, it definitely does not.
A spokesperson from the South Korean tech giant Samsung recently stated about the Galaxy Fold issues: “A limited number of the early batch of Galaxy Fold smartphone samples were provided to media outlets for review. We have received a handful reports regarding the main display on the samples of Galaxy Fold provided. We will be thoroughly inspecting these units in person to determine the cause of this problem.”
This developing scandal may lead some of the Samsung fans to recall about the Note 7 debacle, which had earned Samsung the worst sort of free advertising ever, with the FAA of the US mandating just about every domestic flight beginning with the pilot to ensure that there was no one on board with the Note 7 smartphone due to its propensity to catch fire due to a faulty design of its lithium-ion batteries. A smartphone which spontaneously dies is a cake walk compared to a phablet screen which breaks, but we will see whether this was just a big pre-release fluke and hopefully the consumer Galaxy Fold units prove to be much more durable. With that being said, a failure rate of almost 25 percent for review units sent to journalists just after a few days does not inspire the greatest consumer confidence in the brand.
I will say that I did get a chance to fumble around with the Samsung Galaxy Fold this week, and my initial thoughts were that the device was pretty inspiring. The entire device feels like a giant leap of innovation, even if this is the very first generation of this model. The tech behind the Galaxy Fold will only get better with time.
The good qualities of this device all rely on the fact that this device should continue to function properly, so I won’t get too complimentary until we get some further clarity on the matter.