Samsung issues statement on the Galaxy Fold screen malfunction

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Samsung's stock decline was related to the early reports of the Galaxy Fold breaking, said Daniel Yoo, head of global strategy and research at Kiwoom Securities.

One of the possible explanations he updated on his tweets is the protective layer of the screen, which Samsung stated that it should not be removed. Elsewhere, a "small bulge" was detected that was said to be the result of a defective hinge.

The first units of the new Galaxy Fold were released by Samsung on Monday.

The world's biggest smartphone maker, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, on Thursday said it had received "a few" reports of damage to the main display of samples of its upcoming foldable handset.

The Galaxy Fold goes on sale on April 26 in the USA for $1,980 dollars (about £1,500), making it one of the most expensive phones on the planet.

The Galaxy Fold goes on sale April 26 in the USA for $1,980, making it one of the most expensive phones anywhere - particularly if it isn't as durable as promised. The Galaxy Fold's main display has an upper protective layer, which is part of the display structure and is created to protect the display from unintentional scratches.

Despite alarming reviews, the company revealed to The Verge that its April 26th launch date is still on schedule.

Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeted: "The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in".

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That said, and to give credit where it's due, most phones don't even survive one fold.

The problems outlets like Bloomberg, The Verge and CNBC are experiencing with their Galaxy Fold units are either cracking/breaking of the screen, or flickering, Reuters reports. Some of the units were handed out to a number of tech reviewers.

Some users have suffered issues following them removing a protective layer from the 7.3-inch screen.

Samsung says it will ensure this information is passed on to consumers.

It reads: "The main screen includes a special protective layer".

Samsung has vowed to "thoroughly inspect" Galaxy Fold handsets that suffered failures just days after making their way into the hands of reviewers.

Prior to its release, Samsung reportedly tested the phone's folding mechanism more than 200,000 times and they claimed it passed the threshold for durability.

The company also added that removing the screen's top protector - something which didn't carry a warning - could be the source of the problem.