The Galaxy Fold’s launch in South Korea is a success, first batch of units gone in mere hours

The Galaxy Fold’s launch in South Korea is a success, first batch of units gone in mere hours
The day that we’ve been waiting for almost all year has finally come! Gone are the uncertainties surrounding the release of Samsung’s first device with a foldable display. It's here and we gave it a try. But beyond that, regular users that aren’t handpicked by Samsung or under its watchful eye, now own a Galaxy Fold smartphone. At least in South Korea, that is.

The first day of the rest of the Galaxy Fold’s life is almost over in the far East and so far things are looking good for Samsung. The Korea Herald reports that all three carriers that are offering the Galaxy Fold at launch are already out of units. No official numbers have been released yet, but experts believe there were about a thousand units dedicated to the first wave of orders. It’s important to note that these are only for the carriers. How many Samsung has sold via its website and stores is unclear.

While a thousand units is a minuscule number when it comes to popular smartphone releases, let’s not forget that the Galaxy Fold costs almost $2,000 (it retails for the equivalent of $2,014 in South Korea) and in its current form is largely considered a niche device.

The telecoms also share some demographic data about the users that were most eager to snatch the foldable phone as soon as possible. While the price tag and the form factor might suggest well-off middle-aged businessmen will be the ones to use them the most, in reality, the preorders went to people in their 20s and 30s. There’s no surprise when it comes to the gender distribution, however, about 90% of the devices were bought by men.

The following days and weeks will be critical for the Galaxy Fold. It took just days for the flaws of the initial design to become apparent. Now that it will become a daily driver for people, we’ll be eager to see if reports about damaged displays or other issues will start popping up.

The next wave of orders will be fulfilled starting September 18 with another one following 8 days later. In the States, the official release is expected towards the end of September as well with some people receiving a $250 credit after their preorders were canceled.

By then it should be clear exactly how durable Samsung managed to make the Galaxy Fold. While Samsung and other companies are already committed to making foldable devices, it will be nice to see that people who spent so much on their new phones are happy with the experience.

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Galaxy Fold
  • Display 7.3" 1536 x 2152 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP / 10 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, Octa-core, 2840 MHz
  • Storage 512 GB
  • Battery 4380 mAh(32h talk time)

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21 Comments

1. Alcyone

Posts: 474; Member since: May 10, 2018

Don't see this as doa, as some peolpe may have said. If, anything it's a new start towards the evolution of mobile. Like it or not. My opinion.

2. Vancetastic

Posts: 1539; Member since: May 17, 2017

In spite of what those trolls say, they and the rest of us are very interested in how this thing does.

3. banglazbless

Posts: 135; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

You won't see any of em clowns showing on this thread anytime soon

15. Vancetastic

Posts: 1539; Member since: May 17, 2017

One of them showed up, without pants, as usual.

4. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

True If it does good with this launch and no problems I will definitely be interested in the 2ed generation next year.

5. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

People that were wishing the Fold will fail are so butt hurt now.

6. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

"Samsung should cancel Fold" - PA. Lmao! :)))

8. ZEUS.the.thunder.god

Posts: 1134; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That was really pathetic from PA lol.

9. Demo-jay

Posts: 77; Member since: Feb 13, 2018

It seems like they noticed something wrong with this thing..maybe that’s why they had to cancel pre-orders elsewhere..the first batch is definitely for beta tasters

10. Tipus

Posts: 894; Member since: Sep 30, 2016

Maybe they fixed everything what was wrong , but want to test it in local market first

13. apple-rulz

Posts: 2186; Member since: Dec 27, 2016

Gee, ya think?!?!?

12. LiveFaith

Posts: 484; Member since: Jul 04, 2015

Awesome. Not pointing up $2K for one. But, it's finally happening. A true functional convertible device. You have a pocketable phone(sort of) and a small tablet(sort of) and it's MOBILE! With those internals it all should run like a scalded dog too. I look forward to playing w one of these at a store. Looking more forward to a v2 or v3 where the economics and competition make the cost acceptable. Look even more forward to a horizontal flipper like Moto has otw.

18. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Actually the first launch was a success, just that curiosity killed the cat, or killed the function.

19. CableTelcontar

Posts: 94; Member since: Nov 19, 2014

I'm going to hold on to my note 10 plus for 2 years this time. The fold shold be a more mature product at that time. Should even come with the s pen.

21. tbreezy

Posts: 49; Member since: Aug 11, 2019

This is great news, let’s see how the device does in its first week in terms of build quality. Huawei must hurry up with the Mate X now

22. odachek

Posts: 127; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Soon you will see queues in Singapore!

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