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Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price, release date, availability (Update: India launch!)
Update, October 1, 2019 (04:30 AM ET): Samsung has confirmed that the Galaxy Fold will launch in India for Rs. 164,999 (~$2,326). Pre-booking is set to start from October 4 with deliveries starting from October 20.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is the first foldable phone with a flexible screen from the world’s largest smartphone maker. When in closed smartphone mode, it has a 4.6-inch external screen, but when you fold it out, it turns into a 7.3-inch tablet, thanks to Samsung’s own Infinity Flex display.
So, how much is the Samsung Galaxy Fold, when will you be able to get one, and where can you purchase it? Here’s all we know so far about the Samsung Galaxy Fold price, release date, and availability.
Editor’s note: We will update this article as we learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Fold release date and availability.
Samsung Galaxy Fold price
During its Unpacked press event, the company said the Samsung Galaxy Fold will come in two versions; one that will work on current 4G LTE networks, and another that will connect to the upcoming 5G carrier networks. The Galaxy Fold will be priced starting at $1,980 in the US, and presumably, that will be for the 4G LTE model. That likely means the 5G version of the Galaxy Fold will be priced at well over $2,000.
For the folk in Europe, the Samsung Galaxy Fold will also be highly expensive. It will have a starting cost of €2,000 euros in that part of the world. Again, we assume that will be for the 4G LTE version, with the 5G model costing even more.
In the U.K., Samsung will sell the Galaxy for the starting price of £1,799. The 5G version is exclusive to EE.
The Galaxy Fold is priced at Rs. 164,999 (~$2,326) in the US.
Samsung Galaxy Fold release date
Initially, Samsung confirmed the Galaxy Fold would be released in the US sometime in September after its initial delay over quality concerns. Renowned leaker Evan Blass (@evleaks) previously hinted that the phone would go on sale September 27. On September 23, Blass shared a screenshot of a conversation between a follower and an AT&T representative who affirmed Blass’ rumor.
It turned out Blass was correct. The 4G variant of the device went on sale the 27th just after midnight, and customers can purchase the device from Best Buy, AT&T, and at select Samsung Experience stores.
Samsung confirmed at IFA 2019 that the Galaxy Fold will launch in France and Germany on September 18, 2019, with more European cities expected to follow.
Samsung confirmed at IFA 2019 that the Galaxy Fold will launch in the U.K. on September 18, 2019.
The Galaxy Fold will start arriving to buyers in India from October 20. Pre-booking opened on October 4.
Samsung Galaxy Fold availability
As of September 27, you can purchase the 4G variant of the device from Best Buy, AT&T, and at select Samsung Experience stores in the US. The only caveat is that customers will need to pick up the device in person. For whatever reason, Samsung has chosen not to ship the device to customers. Both Best Buy and AT&T offer device installment plans starting at $66 per month, or you can purchase the device in full for $1,980.
T-Mobile had previously announced plans to sell the Galaxy Fold, but after Samsung announced its new September launch date, the carrier announced it would no longer be selling the smartphone.
In the UK, Samsung will sell the phone directly. The 5G Galaxy Fold is exclusively available via the carrier EE.
Is the Fold not for you? Check out the Samsung Galaxy S10 or Note 10 series!
If you are disenchanted by the Galaxy Fold’s apparent flaws, then you might want to consider the Samsung Galaxy S10 series or the Note 10 family. They may not be foldable phones but they are all still very impressive flagship handsets!