Samsung Galaxy Fold review units are already broken

Samsung Galaxy Fold review units are already broken

This protective film is apparently not supposed to be removed from the device, but Samsung doesn't bundle any such warning with the device.

The device is out of stock on Samsung's website, and the company told people who reserved one of the foldable phones (but didn't commit to the pre-order) they can't buy the Galaxy Fold "due to overwhelming demand".

The Galaxy Fold, Samsung's first foldable phone, is reportedly already having screen problems.

From YouTuber Marques Brownlee: "PSA: There's a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold's display".

"Look closely at the picture above, and you can see a small bulge right on the crease of my Galaxy Fold review unit".

This is a major issue for Samsung, and not just because this is just a day after initial hands-on impressions, or because it's a $1,980 smartphone. Bloomberg gadget reviewer Mark Gurman is also experiencing a broken screen on his review unit.

As Gurman suggests, the outmost layer of plastic (plastic? plastic) is very easy to mistake as a remove-friendly screen protector.

Since the Samsung Galaxy Fold is a first-generation product, it's inevitable that there will be some issues.

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But reporters from The Verge and CNBC said they left that layer on and their screens still broke.

Further, the Galaxy A70 will go on sale in the country starting May 1 through all retail stores, Samsung online shop, Samsung Opera House, and Flipkart.

The Verge was quick to rule out any rough handling of the device, with Dieter Bohn saying he's "done normal phone stuff, like opening and closing the hinge and putting it in my pocket". But this was relatively few reviewers and that film, and these screen issues, could have been better prepared for.

Samsung did not immediately comment.

Prior to the Fold's release, Samsung reportedly tested the phone's folding mechanism more than 200,000 times, claiming it passed the threshold for durability.

Steve Kovach from CNBC appears to be the first person to share his Galaxy Fold problem.

Under the hood we see that the phone runs on a Snapdragon 670 chipset, however, if the phone does end up coming to India, we are likely to see Samsung's Exynos chipset.

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