Samsung Galaxy Fold seems to be having issues with its display panel
Currently, the Samsung Galaxy A10 is the company’s most affordable smartphone in the newly revamped Galaxy A lineup, but it seems that the South Korean giant is planning for an even cheaper model in the series by launching Galaxy A10e. Samsung did the same with Galaxy A20 by launching a watered-down model named Galaxy A20e.
The development comes after a new phone bearing the SM-A102U naming was certified by the Wi-Fi Alliance and is likely hit shelves as the A10e. Unlike the standard A10 model, the upcoming smartphone will come with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/acc dual-band capabilities.
Further, the listing of the phone reveals that it will be running Android 9 Pie operating system out of the box and it will definitely have the Samsung One UI on top. The phone could have its major difference in the chipset and other than that, we expect everything to be similar to A10.
The Samsung Galaxy A10, which was launched a couple of months ago, features a 6.2-inch HD+ Infinity-V display. For photography, it has a 13 MP camera at the back and a 5 MP camera on the front. It is powered by Exynos 7884 SoC which is coupled with 2 GB RAM. The smartphone runs Android Pie out-of-the-box and has 32 GB of storage. It ships with a 3400 mAh battery.
Samsung has so far launched nine smartphones in its all-new Galaxy A-series — A10, A20, A20e, A30, A40, A50, A60, A70, and the top-end model named Galaxy A80.
Earlier this year, Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold smartphone — the company’s first foldable smartphone on which the South Korean giant had been working for years. While the phone will be available for purchase later this month, the company had provided review units to some reviewers.
Now, within just one or two days of usage, the display of the Galaxy Fold smartphone has been damaged for a few reviewers. Steve Kovach from CNBC tweeted about the display on his review unit which has started flickering.
Mark Gurman from Bloomberg said that his unit completely broke down and is unusable after just two days while Dieter Bohn from The Verge called out a “small bulge” on a defective hinge. Mark Gurman said that the display of his Galaxy Fold busted after he took off a “protective layer/film”.
Also, YouTuber Marques Brownlee (MKBHD) also encountered a similar issue after he removed the film that was on top of the display. As it turns out, the film on the display is not a protective layer and Samsung says that it shouldn’t be removed.
It seems that the company is already warning users not to peel off that layer. The retail units for the T-Mobile come with such warning while reviewers claim that their units don’t include any such warnings. Also, it doesn’t explain all the failed units as some of them encountered problems despite the owner not having removed the polymer layer.
After several such reports, Samsung released a statement saying that it “will thoroughly inspect these units in person to determine the cause of the matter.” However, it’s still unclear what the underlying problem with the Galaxy Fold’s display was, and whether or not Samsung will be able to address it in time for launch.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is going on sale in several markets from 26th April, carrying a price tag of $1,980. The company has confirmed that despite this issue, the company is moving ahead with the scheduled launch date.