Samsung has said it will launch its long-awaited first foldable smartphone on Friday, September 6th, months after defective screens caused an embarrassing delay to its release, AFP reported.
In April, the tech giant's ambitious $2,000 foldable smartphone went from being a fascinating, awe-inspiring gadget of the future to a disaster, after reviewers reported screen problems within days of use.
The world's largest smartphone maker suffered a major setback, when it had to hold back the launch of the Galaxy Fold, after spending nearly eight years developing it, which led profits to take a nosedive in recent quarters.
After months of "refining" the Galaxy Fold, which is ready for use on high-speed 5G networks in some markets, Samsung said it will release the smartphone in South Korea on Friday, September 6th, followed by select countries including the U S, Germany and France.
The firm will also offer a programme to Galaxy Fold users, under which the company would cover 70% of the cost of screen repair once within a year of use.
The Galaxy Fold has been widely promoted as the "world's first foldable smartphone," while rivals such as China's Huawei have been racing to bring similar devices to market.
Samsung has a history of setbacks with major products. In 2016, it had to recall its Galaxy Note 7 devices over exploding batteries, which was a severe blow to its reputation and finances.