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Samsung's haste to release foldable ahead of Huawei backfires

South Korean company had hoped to jump-start market with Galaxy Fold and 5G

SEOUL/GUANGZHOU -- Samsung Electronics' quality control is under the microscope again with the delayed launch of folding-screen smartphone over fragile displays, an unwelcome follow-up to the Galaxy Note 7 battery fires of 2016.

The Galaxy Fold was set to begin sales in the U.S. this coming Friday, with a 5G version to hit South Korea later. But on Tuesday, Samsung said it would now announce the new release date "in the coming weeks" following reports of malfunctions by some reviewers.

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