By Marzella Sigai
Samsung’s highly-anticipated folding phone will go on sale Friday after the original launch date was delayed by months because of embarrassing problems with the screen.
The South Korean tech giant had put the Galaxy Fold’s launch on hold after reviewers encountered problems with the device’s innovative folding screen.
The nearly $2,000 phone will launch on Sept. 6 in South Korea, and Sept. 18 in France, Germany, and Britain, with versions for next-generation 5G networks available in the latter two countries.
Other markets including the U.S. and Singapore will follow, but the company did not specify dates.
The Galaxy Fold is slightly longer and narrower than a standard smartphone when folded, but opens up to the size of a small tablet, with the internal screen display bisected by a crease. It also has another screen on the outside so it can be used when closed.
Samsung has said the composite polymer screen can be opened and closed 200,000 times, or 100 times a day for five years. – AP NEWS