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Only a few days before its formal launch. Screen malfunctions led to the Samsung Galaxy Fold’s launch failure. It is not yet clear how the corporation failed to forecast the issues with the foldable phone.
In a recent interview with The Independent, Samsung CEO DJ Koh confessed, saying: “It was embarrassing. I pushed it through before it was ready.”
At a recent meeting with several media organizations, he also teased the upcoming Note 10.
“I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery,”
“At the moment, more than 2,000 devices are being tested right now in all aspects. We defined all the issues. Some issues we didn’t even think about, but thanks to our reviewers, mass volume testing is ongoing.”
Given the delays, when do we expect the foldable?
Samsung has not yet given a proper release date for the Galaxy Fold, so we presume there are a lot of problems left before the device reaches the quality and reliability of tried and tested smartphones.
This has opened the market to the only announced competitor of the Galaxy Fold, the Huawei Mate X – but even this device is reported to release in September or prior.
Technically, foldable phones are a tricky proposition. But they’re something else: the conceivable end of the current smartphone line, a design crest for smartphones to rise above the form factor limitation.
“Foldable will last a couple of years,” Koh added, according to The Independent.
“Another form factor is a possibility, but I will say that once 5G and the internet of things are available [together], we must think rather than smartphones, we must think smart devices. Smartphones may decline but new devices will emerge.”
Koh hopes for the functional replacement of smartphones by networks of connected and multi-screen devices in well-travelled places. You will talk to dozens of separate smaller phones interspersed throughout the day, and not just interfacing with one smartphone you carry around.
“Smartphone design has hit a limit, that’s why we designed a folding phone,”
“But we’re also focusing on other devices that are beginning to make a wider impact on the market, like smart earphones and smart watches. In five years or so, people will not even realise they are wearing screens. It will be seamless.” Kang Yun-Je, head of Samsung Electronic’s design team, told The Independent.
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