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Samsung's foldable screens fail in some early review models

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Several reports said that the inner screen stopped working, other reviewers reported similar issues, including flickering visuals and how the area around the central hinge lost viewable pixels.

Thursday 18, April 2019

(Bloomberg) --Some test models of Samsung’s new foldable phone have suffered defects after only days of use, casting a shadow over next week’s introduction of a $1,980 device meant to rejuvenate a flagging market and showcase the Asian company’s technology expertise.

The world’s largest smartphone maker is counting on ground-breaking gadgets to propel growth and excite consumers as demand for mobile devices flattens. Pre-orders began Monday for a marquee device expected to usher in a wave of smartphones that can unfurl into tablets. The Galaxy Fold’s 7.3-inch screen teased how users can juggle three apps at once and view video with more clarity.

In a statement, Samsung said that it is has received a few reports regarding the main display on the samples provided, adding that it will inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.

Samsung said that the main display on the Galaxy Fold features a top protective layer, which is part of the display structure designed to protect the screen from unintended scratches.

While it’s still too early to gauge how much demand there will be for smartphones with flexible screens, Samsung and other rivals are eager to gain an edge over Applle in the $495 billion industry.

The Korean firm had forecast it will produce at least 1 million foldable phones this year, a fraction of its overall shipments in 2018. Huawei Technologies, Xiaomi and Lenovo Group’s Motorola are all working on foldable phones.

Samsung, which spent eight years on the Galaxy Fold, is also developing a clamshell-like foldable phone and another that folds outward. The company envisions smartphones with rollable and stretchable displays, added Chung Eui-suk, Samsung’s Executive Vice President.

TAGS : Samsung Galaxy Fold, Samsung Electronics, foldable phones

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