Samsung Galaxy Fold reservations are now open in the US, sky-high price expected
by Florin Troaca / Apr 12, 2019, 11:33 AM
Samsung yesterday reminded us that the Galaxy Fold - its first foldable smartphone - will be launching in the US this month. In consequence, this will become the very first truly foldable handset to be officially released stateside.
In addition to T-Mobile (which should start offering the handset online on April 25), AT&T will also carry the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Both AT&T and T-Mobile will sell the new device in stores starting April 26. Select Best Buy locations and Samsung Experience Stores will have the Galaxy Fold in stock, too.
Folks who want to make sure they're among the first to buy a Galaxy Fold (pictured above) can now reserve the phone here at Samsung's official US website. According to Samsung, Galaxy Fold supplies "will be limited." Thus, if you have the money and the desire to get the handset, you should probably reserve it as soon as you can. After a reservation is placed, you will "receive an invitation to complete your exclusive pre-order," although it's not clear when pre-orders will actually be open.
Back in February, when Samsung first announced the Galaxy Fold, it said that the handset would be priced at a whopping $1,980. Since then, there's been no update regarding the smartphone's price, so we assume that this is how much it'll cost when it finally goes on sale. At T-Mobile, the Galaxy Fold will come with a free carbon fiber case and free Galaxy Buds wireless earphones, and we're guessing that AT&T intends to offer similar freebies (though that remains to be confirmed).
The Galaxy Fold is a phone like no other before it
Unlike other wannabe-foldable phones of the past, the Samsung Galaxy Fold sports an inner display that's literally foldable. Tests conducted by Samsung have allegedly shown that the flexible display of the new smartphone can survive at least 200,000 folds and unfolds without being damaged. All in all, the device can be folded about 100 times per day for no less than 5 years. You can see how Samsung is testing the Galaxy Fold in the video below.
The flexible inner screen of the Galaxy Fold is a 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED one with 1536 x 2152 pixels - large enough to provide a great experience when playing games, watching videos and TV shows, or when multitasking. On the outside, the Galaxy Fold sports a 4.6-inch Super AMOLED display with 840 x 1960 pixels - good enough for the moments when you don't need the larger screen.
Running Android 9 Pie out of the box, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor - the same high-end chipset that you can find inside the Galaxy S10 series. The Galaxy Fold further offers 12 GB of RAM, 512 GB of internal memory, two batteries providing a total of 4,380 mAh (hopefully enough for a full day of use), a dual selfie camera, and a triple main camera with 2x optical zoom.
What you will not find on the Galaxy Fold is a standard 3.5mm headset jack, but the wireless earphones that Samsung plans to give away with the phone will partially compensate for that. Another thing to keep in mind is that the Galaxy Fold is not dust- and water-resistant. Moreover, this is not a 5G phone, so the Galaxy S10 5G (scheduled for launch in May) is Samsung's only current handset that's compatible with next-generation networks.
Mind you, T-Mobile and AT&T are the only US carriers that will sell the Galaxy Fold, and it looks like no unlocked version of this particular device exists. In other words, if you're on Verizon, Sprint, or US Cellular, buying a foldable smartphone is something that you'll probably not be able to do in the very near future.
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85% certain I'm reserving this...
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 12:56 PM 12
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I want to buy this... but then again I don't . I'm not able to make decision! Please help !!!!
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 2:52 PM 0
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Think more like this, Even with perfect credit and no down payment, that’s still gives you about $155 required to pay for taxes up front Then that $1980 is divided into either 24 months payments of $82.50 per month or 30 months payments of $66 And that’s just for the phone, then basically double it plus more taxes added for the carrier plan and be looking towards $180 or more just for one single person plan buying the galaxy fold lol
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 8:57 PM 0
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Thanks everyone , I've decided not to buy it . Honestly cost wasn't the factor . Impracticality was . Since the outside screen is so small and I don't wanna unfold a tablet every time I need to do anything , I dropped the idea. I will surely get the next gen once the outside screen is atleast 6 inches. Ps: I prefer this design over the Mate X's .
posted on Apr 12, 2019, 5:30 AM 2
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Lol, did you decide yet? I think if you know you'll mostly use it for the big screen but with the versatility of the second front screen, then go ahead. It's not like the front screen is so small you can't do anything on it.
posted on Apr 13, 2019, 9:35 PM 0
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I am really interested but, I just dont think I will go first generation and hopping Samsung will add the S-pen next year.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 1:05 PM 6
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If you are a true tech geek you'll get one to support are future.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 1:12 PM 1
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As a Tech geek, you would know that although having the first iteration of a product might sound and look good, it usually comes with more flaws than it's worth. Which is why it's always smarter to wait for the fine tuned follow up.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 1:54 PM 5
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I’m interested in seeing how it feels when folded in someone’s pocket. I hope the next iteration completely folds flat instead of having a Surface Book like hinge fold. And it looks thick too. Can’t find specs on Samsung’s site on the dimensions.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 1:12 PM 4
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I read somewhere that it is slightly thicker than a Nintendo Switch when folded. I plan on buying this Day 1. I think it's uglier than the Huawei one, but I like to carry one Huawei and one Samsung (for Samsung Pay) and so this looks like it will be it. If I don't like it, I'll just get something else when the next one come out.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 1:59 PM 0
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as much as I would like one, a few things are holding me back from it, 1st, the cost, it is far to expensive but I accept it is first gen, which leads me to 2nd, because it is first gen of brand new tech, i feel it will come with multiple issues, and thats ok, but not at the expense of the consumer and not for the cost, 3rd, it has a few design quirks that im not fond of, especially the notch in tablet mode, and the screen size just isnt quite what im looking for, i can have a 7.2" mate 20X for under £500 now, granted the ratio is different but i would like a whole body display, perhaps a funky pop up or rotating camera, and a bigger screen. perhaps when i see it in person I may think differently but I will not pick up first gen tech regardless of how cool it is
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 2:40 PM 1
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It will be a flop. It's a hot topic now. Give it a few months as we won't talk about it much until the Note 10 releases. Big discounts will be applied. $82.50/mo over 24 months $0 down or in TMO case they will want $1260 down for $30/mo spread over 24 months. No one is looking to add a bill like this...
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 3:41 PM 0
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This isn’t for everyone, it’s a luxury device. The people that want will buy period, not worried about what a bill will look like lol. Those that are worried about a bill get s10s or note devices.
posted on Apr 11, 2019, 4:41 PM 4
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For me money is no issue, I love to have luxury devices. I’m using the iPhone XS 512 gb, iPad Pro 3rd gen1TB and Apple Watch series 4 Hermès edition. But galaxy fold doesn’t feel like a luxury device,, it doesn’t look premium like iPhones so even if you have it,, you’ll look a techie geek not a luxury person
posted on Apr 12, 2019, 2:56 PM 1
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