Samsung is gearing up to sell a surprisingly large number of Galaxy Fold units


For a few months there, things looked unexpectedly bleak for the Galaxy Fold, which is not only Samsung's first foldable smartphone but the first such device from a major brand to become commercially available. Of course, the release of this highly anticipated product was originally scheduled for April, ultimately taking place just a couple of weeks ago in a single global market.

Even after such a painfully long wait, however, as well as concerns over the company's "stabilization" and durability improvement process, it seems the excitement is still very much alive, at least in South Korea. It reportedly took mere minutes for the first pre-order batch in Samsung's homeland to be sold out, and while it's obviously tricky to ramp up the production and sales of a device like the Galaxy Fold, local media expects the second batch to be significantly larger.

One million units could be shipped worldwide in the near future


Back when Samsung publicly showcased the (disguised) design of its then-unnamed foldable handset for the first time, the company announced a fairly ambitious goal. "At least" one million units were supposed to see daylight in the early stages of this year, and although that didn't happen due to catastrophic flaws discovered on commercial-ready devices last spring, the objective stands, simply moving into a different time slot.


In other words, Samsung is tipped to release a total of "roughly" 1 million Galaxy Fold copies globally as part of a second availability wave kicking off today in its domestic market. Between 20 and 30,000 units will reportedly be reserved specifically for Korean customers, up from no more than 4,000 pre-ordered so far through local carriers and Samsung's own official stores in the region.

That may not sound like a lot of phones, especially considering the recent box-office achievement of the Galaxy Note 10 duo, but you have to keep in mind how incredibly difficult it is to manufacture a fully functional and reliable Galaxy Fold and how pricey the device is, at the rough equivalent of $2,000 in Korea. All things considered, it will actually be pretty impressive if Samsung indeed manages to sell over a million of these versatile bad boys around the world in just a matter of weeks.

What to expect in terms of US availability


Before getting too excited, potential US-based buyers of the Galaxy Fold might want to remember the world doesn't revolve around them. While there's naturally a good chance that a sizable chunk of this one million batch will reach US shores soon enough, Samsung is still eyeing a limited release in several other countries as well, including France, Germany, Singapore, the UK, and "more."


We also don't have a firm shipping date or even a pre-order start date to share with our readers stateside, although a very dependable tipster suggested circling September 27 on your calendars. With T-Mobile out of the equation, it might be a good idea to register for updates at Best Buy or on Samsung's official US website if you want to be certain of your place at the front of the line, especially after the handset vendor made the controversial decision of cancelling all existing pre-orders at the last minute.

Coated in Cosmos Black and Space Silver, the Galaxy Fold is still expected to cost close to two thousand bucks in a 4G LTE-only configuration packing a whopping 12 gigs of memory and 512 gigs of internal storage space in addition to a blazing fast Snapdragon 855 processor and 4,380mAh battery powering a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex screen with a resolution of 2152 x 1536 pixels and a 4.6-inch HD+ "cover" display.

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31 Comments

1. Jrod99

Posts: 762; Member since: Jan 15, 2016

Skipping folds for a while. Ok with current slab design.

9. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You have been an iPhone guy in all of your posts. The only fold you will look at, or get is from Apple. Which you will be waiting a number years to get one, because Apple is still trying to sell a lot of iPads. Apples iPhones don't even support split screen multitasking, or have USB-C yet. At least Samsung is innovative, and Android supports real multitasking with split screen multitasking. The fold not only supports split screen multitasking, but windows as well, like a real computer, something that iPads and iPhones don't support. This fold device will be really cool in either case. Especially since it has 6 cameras, 12 GB of RAM, and 512 GB of storage. It's a Phone and a tablet, all in one. I can't wait to get one.

13. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

“but windows as well, like a real computer” Actually iPads use windows too.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Sorry, I guess I should have included that new feature that only came out with iPadOS, or since July 2019 Beta versions. Which app developers still have to use and take advantage of. Still nothing on the iPhone front.

19. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

When I read your pessimistic comments regarding Apple I stop and wonder; does this man have any joys in life...?

28. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Since you had to step in as well to protect your Apple love interest, and to bring up Apples iPads are going to have windows, which won't happen until this September 30 (so not released yet). But even developers have to jump on board, and add in Window support to their existing, or new apps. Now here is another fact to get you head around. Since Apple introduced their iPads, they purposely separate their own iPad and iPhone apps on their own App store. There is even some apps that are duplicated for both iPad, and then again iPhone. Therefore Apples ecosystem doesn't lend itself for a foldable iPhone/iPad. The worst part is Apple encourages it's own developers to make separate apps for iPhones and iPads. This is the biggest problem with a foldable iPhone. It's why Apple even mention a little while ago, that they are looking to make a foldable iPad, and not a foldable iPhone. Google and Android on the other hand, encourage their developers to make scalable apps, and apps that support both smartphones and tablets within the same app. It's why Android is ahead of Apple and their iOS, or now iPadOS, and why we are seeing foldable Android smartphones, and not iPhones. You can call it pessimistic. But I will stick to the truth and facts. Like it or not. It's why you won't see a foldable iPhone for a very long time. If you were a developer, then you would know what I have said is true.

29. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

All I care about is being able to use the apps I want on my devices, and as long as developers are happy to develope for them so am I. Besides that Apple also made it easier to port mobile apps for the macs. Apple Arcade might ring a bell. And a foldable iPad or iPhone isn’t in my interest until it has a glass screen. I find the Galaxy fold eye candy because it looks really premium. But that plastic screen will probably scratch easily and feel not so premium. I just find it sad that you see everything as a race or that one oem needs to win/lose for you to feel proud over your tech/interests or argue against what you don’t own or want. When I see something getting popular or that seems useful in the android-camp I hope Apple will implement it eventually. You would never admit the opposite. Just sad.

30. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I have admitted in the past, but let's face it even some tech sites have said that Apple is happy to just follow these days. Which even you can't deny that fact. Every new piece of tech in for the last few years that is in every new iPhone, has been in Android first, and in some cases many years. Android hardware and OEMs have had OLED screens, and bigger screens, and HDR, wireless charging, fast charging, wide angle cameras, gigabit LTE, and more. Plus there is hardware on this year's Android smartphones that iPhone articles are mentioning that might be on next year's iPhones, like under the screen finger print scanners, Time of Flight cameras, reverse wireless charging. Then there is new hardware coming down the pipes like radar, new cameras, newer screens, base ram, and storage levels that go way beyond any iPhone, LPDDR5 ram is coming out at the end of this year, and should be available for the next SD 865 or Exynos SoCs. Now I will give credit where credit is due, like FaceID is pretty cool. But I still prefer a finger print scanner. What is really sad as well, is how Apple users feel the need to defend their Apple love on non Apple articles, or even on Apple articles you feel the need to out down Android or it's OEMs. Like you mackan84.

31. mackan84

Posts: 560; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

I’m not denying Apple is letting this huge camp of OEMs with androids being the guinea pigs for what might be useful. If you look at Apple they have always took something that is useful and tried to refine it or give it a fancy name. In the coming years we will see a Apple switching gears in a lot of ways. More services and software when buying hardware. Services coming to different platforms and so on. I’ve never been more excited about apples future actually. Apple now focus more time on what is more important then some hardware features that they’ll just bring for the next release. I only defend Apple when someone state something incorrect. Because you are insulting Apple on both non-Apple and Apple-articles. And your response is always what caters you best. You act like hardware is only a competition between Android vs iOS, the real scenario is that it’s a competition between every OEM no matter what OS. Sure both Google and Apple have their own business in software. But that’s a different topic then. “Android has 120hz screen but iPhone doesn’t”. Sounds kinda dumb huh? Why three smartphones from 1 OEM is compared to hundreds of variations of HW in 80+ smartphones from 30+ OEMs, just because those use a different OS? especially when the topic is HW?

20. Mike88

Posts: 438; Member since: Mar 05, 2019

Galaxy Fold is a good device, it looks premium has some next gen tech but it doesn’t have the reputation and market value of being a $2000 device. It has a very bad history associated with it thanks to the immaturity Samsung shown just before it’s launch. People won’t buy it because they’ll spend $2000 but won’t have a device with premium status and value. Relying on youtubers for testing was a big mistake for Samsung and they handled it very oddly by saying that they are recalling all the units though it was never launched. This year apple also lost some of its premium status with new iPhones so it could be a good opportunity for Samsung but they failed. They should come out with a second gen amazing fully tested Fold presenting it in a mature manner instead of giving free early units to youtubers. The Fold also lacks Samsung’s amazing software features as Samsung is focusing less on software from some years and relied on google for Fold’s software needs. If it had some next level software tricks like S3 and Note 3 had. It could truly be a next gen device instead of being a foldable S10

21. MEeee

Posts: 438; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Typical iDiots. The Glaxy Fold is sold out in S Korea and will sell out when released in other countries I guaranteed it. As of now people are spending over $4000 on this Fold on eBay. Apple will charge 2x this price when they released the iFold.

2. dimas

Posts: 3382; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

I will get the galaxy fold 2 next year. For me, the current fold battery is too small for the high price and I expect the smaller front display to have smaller bezels on the 2nd iteration.

3. tokuzumi

Posts: 1929; Member since: Aug 27, 2009

The saying really is true; a fool and his money are soon parted

6. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You can say that about iPhone users as well.

18. MsPooks

Posts: 173; Member since: Jul 08, 2019

I found another one that's true: "The hippie is the scion of surplus value. The dropout can only claim sanctity in a society which offers something to be dropped out of--career, ambition, conspicuous consumption. The effects of hippie sanctimony can only be felt in the context of others who plunder his lifestyle for what they find good or profitable, a process known as rip-off by the hippie, who will not see how savagely he has pillaged intricate and demanding civilizations for his own parodic lifestyle."

22. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Yeah, those fools don't learn when buying those iphones. Ok, kidding aside You can say that about any over priced tech, not just this one. It is also their money so why do you care.

4. Tigger691975

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 18, 2019

Yea, yea, yea haters gotta hate. I'll have one the minute it comes out. If you can't afford it, that's cool but why be so derogatory towards those that can?

5. Fred3

Posts: 561; Member since: Jan 16, 2018

I'm guessing the fold will be replacing the note starting next year which partially explains the note and S merge

23. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I disagree To many Note fans would be upset. The S line has its place, the Note has its place and the fold will have its place. And just because PA said they will merge doesn't mean so, they have said that for the last 2 or 3 years and have been wrong.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

The Note is tried and true, Samsung won't dare mess with it like that.

7. Alcyone

Posts: 489; Member since: May 10, 2018

Thank you for reinforcing that the world doesn't revolve around the US. I, would imagine that majority of sells will be US and Korea. Social economics in play when it comes to who can and can't afford it. Business 101.

8. Vancetastic

Posts: 1601; Member since: May 17, 2017

I don't really want one for myself, but I can't wait to check them out.

11. Deadeye

Posts: 106; Member since: Jul 26, 2019

I had that rare opportunity and it really has that wow effect. I wasn´t disappointed, quite the opposite in fact,

10. Wazupmrg

Posts: 189; Member since: Apr 10, 2017

Geez, you sell something that's actually innovative (as opposed to the I phone 11), and this blog is "surprised" it's selling a large amount of units. What next, people are "delighted" their phones get more than 64gb of memory and more than 15 hours of battery life with actual cutting edge tech? What a world that would be huh?

32. oldskool50 unregistered

Because the trolls here ca t be happy with. Ew tech unless its from Apple. It shows just how stupid and ignorant they are. New tech from anybody is beneficial to everybody. But these stupid low life, no life having fanatics, make me sick. Apple is not the best. In fact not even close. Like Microsoft they are a relic showing on to old values which is why they were beaten yet again. The Fold is gonna be a trend that everyone is gonna follow and Apple will steal ideas and then make a nice one, after everyone else's hard work.

17. pimpin83z

Posts: 593; Member since: Feb 08, 2019

I'm good. I'll just get the Tab S6.

24. sissy246

Posts: 7124; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Even though they fixed the problems, I will still wait for gen 2.

25. ShadowSnypa786

Posts: 593; Member since: Jan 06, 2017

To all those people who said the Fold will be D.O.A and a commmercial flop, looks like you wrong. Well done Samsung hope you hit the million mark and next year you bring something even better!! This is a innovative company and why other companies need Samsung.

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31322; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

If something goes wrong with it this time...can we say Note 7!

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