Samsung has delayed the release of its new Galaxy Fold smartphone after reviewers experienced breakages within days of receiving the device.

As the first foldable handset from a major manufacturer, anticipation was high for the innovative gadget despite it having a price tag of around £1,500.

But journalists have posted scathing reviews of the product, which is designed to be similar in size to a normal mobile when closed but also capable of opening up to reveal a tablet-style screen.

DJ Koh, the CEO of Samsung's mobile division, holds the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone
Image:DJ Koh, the CEO of Samsung’s mobile division, holds the Samsung Galaxy Fold smartphone

With some tech reporters having labelled the Fold as “unusable” just 48 hours after being sent them by Samsung, the company has admitted it has problems and pushed back its release date.

The South Korean firm said an inspection had found the breakages could stem from impact on “exposed areas of the hinge” that allows the device to fold.

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