Samsung Electronics to launch Galaxy Fold in Sept after display screen issues

FILE PHOTO: The Samsung Galaxy Fold cellphone is proven on a display screen at Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s Unpacked occasion in San Francisco, California, U.S., February 20, 2019 REUTERS/Stephen Nellis

SEOUL (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s (005930.KS) first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, will go on sale from September in chosen markets after the launch was delayed by display screen issues earlier this 12 months, the corporate mentioned on Thursday.

Samsung is hoping its extremely anticipated foldable cellphone will revive flagging smartphone gross sales however its rollout has been hampered by defects in samples reported in April.

The South Korean tech big mentioned in a press release it had made enhancements to the practically $2,000 cellphone and was conducting closing assessments. Modifications included strengthening hinges which early reviewers had discovered to be problematic.

The world’s prime smartphone maker has hailed the folding design as the long run in a phase that has seen few surprises since Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) groundbreaking iPhone was launched in 2007.

Chinese language rival Huawei Applied sciences Co Ltd has additionally introduced a folding handset, the Mate X, which is predicted to go on sale in September.

Samsung remains to be in talks with cell carriers world wide to determine on particulars of the Fold’s sale, a supply with information of the matter mentioned.

Reporting by Ju-min Park and Heekyong Yang; Modifying by Stephen Coates

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