How will Samsung price its foldable phone?

How will Samsung price its foldable phone?
Chinese phone makers like Huawei, Xiaomi and Oppo, are actively pursuing their own foldable phone designs, and it's Xiaomi, in particular, that is scrambling for the title "world's first," even though Samsung and Huawei are farther ahead in their research on the matter. 

Samsung is so far ahead of everyone, in fact, that it actually showed a prototype on stage the other day, and said it will be using its Infinity Flex display into a retail foldable phone next year. It has been toying around with the concept for years and is fast-tracking it now to ease the gloom of the transitional 2018 where the Galaxy S9 was used as a stop-gap measure on the way to the 10th anniversary Galaxy S10 with unpleasant consequences for the bottom line of Samsung's mobile department.

While Samsung may be way ahead of everybody when it comes to a retail model of a foldable phone, Xiaomi is determined to use a different, out-folding design type to beat everybody to the punch, claim insiders, and couple it with a much lower price tag to entice buyers. An obscure Chinese company already demonstrated such an out-folding model recently, with a claimed price tag of $1300.

Samsung's in-folding Galaxy X/F, or whatever it's called, is said to land at a cross-section price of 2 million won ($1800), while the eventual ones from Xiaomi or Oppo are tipped to cost a million won, or about $900, by utilizing a flexible panel made by LG. That's half as the rumored price of Samsung's foldable phone which is speculated to cost anywhere in the $1500-$2000 range, or even more. During its foldable phone Q&A session at the Developer Conference the other day, Samsung's presenters said that they will try everything possible to release the Gumby phone at an "appropriate" price, whatever that means.

This is why we wanted to ask you how much do you think Samsung will charge for its unique bendy device that will sport a 4.56" Cover Display on the outside when snapped close, and a 7.3" screen when unfurled, no hinges involved? Take your pick and argue the range choice in the comments below.

How will Samsung price its foldable phone?

$1000-$1499
47.27%
$1500-$2000
44.19%
More than $2000
8.54%

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28 Comments

1. Valinor

Posts: 175; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

probably around $1999,-

2. dmdzordilla

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

I think that Samsung should unify the Note and foldable line.

5. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 691; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

That's a hard pass. The Note line is already expensive enough & not everyone is interested in foldable phones.

15. kartik.07

Posts: 73; Member since: May 04, 2015

I think they will do the same way like they did with edge screen test the waters with additional version (if you remember note edge with one side curved, it was just a prototype in wild. instead of that this time it will be huge chunky bezels) then improve upon it and slowly phase out the old design and make it a new standard....

20. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 691; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

What you're saying will might only happen if the foldable version is affordable. The edge versions only cost a little bit more than the flat versions back then. I can't imagine this foldable tech will be comparable in price. The average consumer will not be willing to spend $1500+ (my estimation of how much these will cost) on a foldable phone.

3. CreeDiddy

Posts: 2187; Member since: Nov 04, 2011

I still don’t see the point of a foldable phone. Rather than pull out of your pocket just to use it, the user now has a quick glance on the front screen, but now has to open for the entire functionality. Most phones are now 6.5”-7.0” without any problems of placing in your pocket. This concept is great for larger tablets of 13” and greater.

4. Mreveryphone

Posts: 1821; Member since: Apr 22, 2014

We actually don't know what functions will be on the outside screen. I presume everyday task like responding to text web browsing. Social media even gaming and watching video... The unfolding part comes in when you need that tablet experience or true multitasking experience. I could be wrong though...

7. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

you do know what phone these foldable screens will get larger as technology progresses right? there is full functionality on the small screen and the unfolding it into a tablet is just a new feature for larger tasks. its like seeing the edge phones and notches. they looked ugly at first but as the technology gets better, we will see better looking phones with the added functionality.

6. shortkey

Posts: 53; Member since: May 19, 2017

I ain't payin' no more than $400 for a dumb smartphone. I also ain't buyin' nothing bigger than 4.5", and I don't need no tablet. Samsung can just take their foldables, fold them, and shove up their buttholes. I just want a compact smartphone around 3"-4", with no notch, a single camera, no bionic slash artificial "intelligence" crap, big enough battery (even if it makes it a bit bulkier, at that size it doesn't matter), and a reasonable pricetag.

8. drunkenjay

Posts: 1670; Member since: Feb 11, 2013

the iphone 5 is the perfect size then.

22. Klinton

Posts: 1409; Member since: Oct 24, 2016

iphone 5 is perfect size, only without those huge bezels. For the same size phone with no-bezels, could fit 4.5 inch display. That could be petfect. I really don't know why Samsung don't make such phones anymore.

12. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

go pick up the new palm then, problem solved

9. WingMan

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 28, 2008

Considering the Chinese Royole FlexPai is going to be $1300 i expect the Samsung to be in the $1800 ballpark

17. AbhiD

Posts: 801; Member since: Apr 06, 2012

It won't be anything less than $2000. Just 100,000 units to be made, super expensive components and 5 year of millions of $ burnt on the development. Even the latest Note 9 512 GB goes ~ $1400. They will do everything to recoupe the money they have burnt. And don't even compare with that Chinese crap. Looked half baked, cheaply constructed shit.

18. strategic_developer

Posts: 1627; Member since: Jul 17, 2018

I paid $1250 for the Note 9 a d got a 2nd free.

10. rkoforever90

Posts: 442; Member since: Dec 03, 2011

Who the heck even voted for 1000 to 1500$ even regular samsung flagship cost 1000$

14. AmashAziz

Posts: 2923; Member since: Jun 30, 2014

1500 seems probable.

11. geordie8t1

Posts: 298; Member since: Nov 16, 2015

Samsung won't charge more then $1500, but it will be loaded for sure, I would hazard a guess around the $1250-1300 mark, any higher and it will not attract any buyers, that bring said, I also expect it to be totally loaded spec wise, perhaps 5 cameras, 3 back and 2 front, 8gb ram, latest chipset, storage I would guess at least 256gb, with micro sd support, fast charging, facial recognition via 3d sensing, not sure if their in display fingerprint reader is ready, if so then that as well

13. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1060; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

With all the specs you listed, that's asking for $1499+ tag also I never actually thought about the Camera set up, when the phone is closed, I'd expect a selfie cam and at least a rear cam. then when you open it there would be at least another selfie cam, making the original selfie cam a rear facing camera, however it would be separated from the original back camera. Unless of course they place the the closed selfie cam in the top left corner and back cam in the top right

16. D34ever

Posts: 228; Member since: Jul 14, 2018

I don't care for a foldable phone.

21. kevin007in

Posts: 327; Member since: Oct 28, 2015

around $1700 and above

23. odachek

Posts: 123; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

How much are the Galaxy Round & Galaxy Note Edge now? Should be the combination of these two prices.

25. AngelicusMaximus

Posts: 691; Member since: Dec 20, 2017

What?

24. Peaceboy

Posts: 640; Member since: Oct 11, 2018

Any Samsung phone should be price at $500.

26. mootu

Posts: 1517; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

It will be $2000+. The W Series already retails at $2500.

27. deleon629

Posts: 461; Member since: Oct 04, 2014

I'm almost certain that they won't charge those ultrabook prices of the iPhone, and even if they did it'd be justified by the fact that it most likely has every single feature that an iPhone does NOT offer.

28. path45th

Posts: 404; Member since: Sep 11, 2016

Foldable phone? It’s a good idea but I will wait for Apple to do it right, whenever this will be.

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