Samsung's $1,900 folding smartphone went to reviewers this week, and quite a lot of them ran into major hardware problems. The launch has been postponed. Oops. This new tech of flexible, folding screens will be a thing in some form and Samsung is trying to use its market weight to push it into the market and catalyse adoption. But plastic screens have problems (more drop-resistant but less scratch-resistant than glass), while twice the screen means you need twice the battery and twice the size and weight (Samsung's phone looks like two normal smartphones with a hinge in the middle). Even without the hardware failures, it's not clear this is answering the right questions.
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