Back in February, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold which instantly became highly-anticipated and was expected to kick off a new trend. The device came with all of the high-end specs that you would think, along with a foldable display measuring in at 7.3-inches when it was unfolded.
The problem is that shortly after review-units became available, there were a slew of issues that arose. Mainly, it seems that various pieces of debris could wedge themselves in between the display and the body of the phone. This caused the phone to malfunction and basically become useless.
The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. Hard to know if this is widespread or not. pic.twitter.com/G0OHj3DQHw
— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019
While Samsung has not explicitly shelved the Galaxy Fold project, there are a lot of questions that have still yet to be answered. A few weeks back, the company gave the hopefuls that pre-ordered the device to get their money back, or to hold onto the pre-order for whenever the Fold is ready to launch.
Best Buy decided that it didn’t want to play the waiting game anymore, and has cancelled all pre-orders of the Fold. The company posted on the Best Buy Support page, stating that it would be refunding anyone who pre-ordered the handset, and others could choose to be notified when it is finally available.
However, one thing caught my eye in this message from Best Buy support:
However, with breakthrough designs and technology come many hurdles and the possibility to face a plethora of unforeseen hiccups. These hurdles have led Samsung to postpone the release of the Galaxy Fold, and Samsung has not provided a new release date. Because we put our customers first and want to ensure they are taken care of in the best possible manner, Best Buy has decided to cancel all current pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
“…The possibility to face a plethora of unforeseen hiccups.” That made me chuckle, but I am also hoping Samsung gets everything worked out. There is hope still that the Fold will end up being available, but we are just waiting for Samsung to get it together and let everyone know what’s going on.