Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. on Thursday said its first foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, will be available in South Korea from September 6 with fifth-generation (5G) mobile connectivity and would be priced at 2.398 million won or nearly US$2,000.
The highly anticipated handset was originally due to hit the U.S. market in April but the launch was delayed by screen defects detected in samples.
In July, the company announced that it would be ready to sell the Galaxy Fold in September after making changes including strengthening hinges, which early reviewers had found to be problematic.
Image is from techradar.com
The firm said it would offer 5G and LTE-enabled versions of the Galaxy Fold in select countries including Britain, France, Germany and the United States. However, it did not provide release dates.
DJ Koh, Chief Executive of IT and Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics said that the consumers have responded positively to larger screens and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability.
Last month, Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. delayed the planned September launch of its own first foldable phone, its second postponement this year, as it battles a U.S. trade blacklist that threatens the tech giant’s access to crucial U.S. technologies such as Alphabet Inc’s Android operating system.
Samsung will provide a program for the Galaxy Fold users in which the company covers 70 percent of cost of a display screen repair once within a year , according to its statement.
Image is from the internet