Galaxy Fold: Samsung loses face—and first-mover advantage

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From Reuters: Samsung Electronics delays Galaxy Fold media events in China:


Smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has postponed media events for its Galaxy Fold planned for this week in Hong Kong and Shanghai, a company official said, days after reviewers of the foldable handset reported defective samples.

The official did not elaborate on reasons or rescheduling…

Samsung has hailed the folding design as the future in a field that has seen few surprises since Apple Inc’s iPhone in 2007. Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has also announced a folding handset, the Mate X.

My take: A sketchy idea, poorly executed; hardly comparable as a “surprise” to the first iPhone. Eager to see if Samsung goes ahead with Friday’s scheduled U.S. launch of this $1,980 platypus, and with what enthusiasm.

See also: Samsung’s Galaxy Fold is falling apart in reviewers hands (video)