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

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)

5 Comments

  1. David Emery said:
    Platypuses are very upset at this comparison. They’re actually well suited to their environment, unlike the Galaxy Fold.

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    April 22, 2019
  2. Ken Cheng said:
    As early as 2008, it had been rumored that Apple might come out with a 5” phone. Back then I remember pointing out that two 3.5” screens face-to-face, when unfolded would be 5”.

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    April 22, 2019
  3. Peter Kropf said:
    Now that Samsung has launched its incredibly advanced brilliant SG Fold, I’m looking for Samsung to extend their lead in foldables next year with their incredibly advanced and brilliant…

    Samsung Galaxy Origami – Rubiks Edition.

    : )

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    April 22, 2019
  4. Fred Stein said:
    The end.

    1)Solves nothing. 2) Expensive. 3) Would have remained trivial in market share. 4) Inherently fragile even if current defects addressed.

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    April 22, 2019
    • Aaron Belich said:
      Exactly. There’s no use case where this is best at anything.

      You can’t use an S Pen or Apple Pencil given the lack of rigid structure on it.

      There’s no unique software that benefits the core experience.

      Just a waste of $2k

      PS- thanks for adding comment notifications Philip!

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      April 22, 2019

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