Review units of Samsung's folding phone are breaking, and it's a potential fiasco that threatens the company's fragile reputation


Multiple journalists are reporting that their review copies of Samsung’s new folding phone have had catastrophic failures just a week before the official launch — a potential fiasco that threatens the company’s fragile reputation.

On Wednesday, multiple tech reporters took to Twitter to raise concerns about the screen on the Galaxy Fold, a highly anticipated device that is scheduled to be the first major smartphone with a foldable screen when it goes on sale to consumers on April 26.

A video posted by CNBC tech editor Steve Kovachshowed the left-hand side of the screen on the outlet’s review unit malfunctioning “after one day of use.” Mark Gurman from Bloomberg also posted photos of the screen progressively detiorating to a state of total unusability, writing: “The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in.”

Dieter Bohn at The Verge, meanwhile, reported that a mysterious bulge had appeared in his review unit’s screen, and Marques Brownlee, a popular YouTube gadgets review, also reported having screen issues.

While it’s not yet clear how widespread the issue is, the fact that four have already broken after just two days of normal use doesn’t bode well for