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SAMSUNG’S £1,500 Galaxy Fold is breaking after just a DAY – with reviewers saying the smartphone’s bendy screen bulges or blacks out completely. The flashy device – due to be rolled out for sale in the US next week – has been panned by several critics who say their test models stopped working within hours. PA:Press Association The Galaxy Fold has a flexible internal screen that allows users to open it like a book – but there have been reports of malfunctions already The phone comes with this protective layer/film. Samsung says you are not supposed to remove it. I removed it, not knowing you’re not supposed to (consumers won’t know either). It appeared removable in the left corner, so I took it off. I believe this contributed to the problem. pic.twitter.com/fU646D2zpY— Mark Gurman (@markgurman) April 17, 2019 Problems cited by tech journalists included the unit’s screen cracking, flickering – or shutting down entirely. Samsung has not respond to requests for comment and has been replacing reviewers’ gadgets. The Galaxy Fold resembles a normal smartphone – but opens like a book to reveal a second 7.3in display the size of a small tablet. Although Galaxy Fold and Huawei’s Mate X foldable phones are not expected to be big sellers – the new designs had been hailed as framing the future of smartphones this year. But the embarrassing problems with the new phone drew comparisons to Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 phone in 2016. Battery and design flaws in the Note 7 led to some units catching fire or exploding. This forced Samsung to recall and cancel sales of the phone over safety fears. The recall wiped out nearly all of the profits in Samsung’s mobile division in the third quarter of 2016. Reviewers of the new Galaxy Fold said they did not know what the problem was and Samsung did not provide answers. PSA: There’s a layer that appears to be a screen protector on the Galaxy Fold’s display. It’s NOT a screen protector. Do NOT remove it.I got this far peeling it off before the display spazzed and blacked out. Started over with a replacement. pic.twitter.com/ZhEG2Bqulr— Marques Brownlee (@MKBHD) April 17, 2019 Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman tweeted: “The screen on my Galaxy Fold review unit is completely broken and unusable just two days in. “Hard to know if this is widespread or not.” According to Mr Gurman’s tweets, he removed a plastic layer on the screen that was not meant to be removed and the phone malfunctioned afterwards. Mr Gurman later said: “When I tap the screen as well with the top of my finger and the fingernail hits it (very common), it also leaves a seemingly permanent indent.” Dieter Bohn, executive editor of The Verge, said that a “small bulge” appeared on the crease of the phone screen, which appeared to be something pressing from underneath the screen. Mr Bohn said Samsung replaced his test phone but did not offer a reason for the problem. He told Reuters news service: “It is very troubling” – and added that he did not remove the plastic screen cover. PA:Press Association The £1,500 phone is launching in the US next week Samsung unveil new foldable smart phone the Galaxy Fold LIFE AFTER DEATH You KNOW you’re dead after death ‘because your brain still works’ CORE OF THE PROBLEM? Apple engineer says pressure to design iPhone is reason I’m divorced Revealed’NANNY STATE’ UK porn block will completely BAN some adult sites even if you’re over 18 NO MORE PORN? What is the UK porn ban, when does it start and can you unlock the new block? OUT OF JUICE Delete THESE 22 dodgy apps to save your phone’s battery life The disturbing reviews come as the Fold, which was unveiled in February, gets ready to hit stores next week. It recently sold out of preorder units, Samsung said. Samsung claims that the Fold’s hinge can withstand 200,000 folds. Leaked video claims it’s showing the Samsung Galaxy Fold with a huge ‘crease in the middle of the display ‘ We pay for your stories! Do you have a story for The Sun Online news team? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0207 782 4368. You can WhatsApp us on 07810 791 502. We pay for videos too. Click here to upload yours.