Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh called the launch of the Galaxy Fold “embarrassing” and admitted that the company pushed the smartphone to market “before it was ready”.
According to The Independent, Koh told a small group of reporters that this is what lead to the device’s delay just days before it was supposed to ship out to customers.
Originally planned for an April release, the Fold would have been the first major release of a foldable smartphone, but early reviewers found the screen was easily prone to damage.
Koh attributed the rush to release the phone to increased competition from Chinese smartphone companies Huawei and Xiaomi, which both planned to release their own foldable smartphones.
“I do admit I missed something on the foldable phone, but we are in the process of recovery,” Koh said.
“At the moment, more than 2,000 devices are being tested right now in all aspects.”
“We defined all the issues. Some issues we didn’t even think about, but thanks to our reviewers, mass volume testing is ongoing.”
As of writing, Samsung has promised that the phone will still come out, though refused to confirm a new release date.