Prohibitive Samsung Galaxy Fold price grows more likely, but at least the release is near

Prohibitive Samsung Galaxy Fold price grows more likely, but at least the release is near
Samsung is almost certainly planning to unveil both the Galaxy S10 lineup and the company’s first-ever foldable device at a special San Francisco event on February 20, but although their target audience might feel similar, a massive price gap is likely to separate the two flagships.

While the Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10+ are only expected to be slightly costlier than the Galaxy S9 and S9+, the Galaxy Fold sounds insanely expensive in a new report from TuttoAndroid.

Local insiders tell the Italian website the groundbreaking foldable product could set back its earliest adopters as much as €2,000. That equates to a whopping $2,275 or so, but as always, a direct conversion like that doesn’t paint a reliable picture of what’s to come.

For instance, the Galaxy Note 9 typically starts at around €1,030 in markets like Italy, while fetching only $1,000 or so stateside. Thus, if TuttoAndroid’s inside information proves legit, it’s safe to expect a price tag of around $2,000 for the Samsung Galaxy Fold in the US.

That falls pretty much perfectly in line with a recent rumor anticipating a device twice as expensive as an everyday “premium phone.” It’s also not too far off a mark speculated for the British market back in November.

Those willing to pay a small fortune to encourage true mobile innovation (and score bragging rights in the process) should be happy to hear the Galaxy Fold is today also tipped for a commercial release in Italy in late March or early April.

That probably means the phone will hit US stores in a couple of months too, with limited numbers expected to be made available in select global markets. By the way, the aforementioned name is not etched in stone yet, with Galaxy X or Galaxy F still very much on the table.

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6 Comments

1. bonsly16

Posts: 92; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

Yeah, the technology is nice, but I’m not gonna spend 2 grand for a phone, even if it folds.

6. mahalo15

Posts: 64; Member since: Nov 30, 2018

It's not for average Joe's. Probably aimed at niche market and early adopters with deep pockets in low production volume. Technology is nice but R&D is pretty expensive.

2. sissy246

Posts: 6961; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

Intrested, just have to wait and see what it is like.

3. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3089; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

It's still an Android phone at the end of the day. Maybe a small form factor Chromebook with telephony could conceivably command such an exorbitant price for being first to market. But not an Android phone, sorry Samsung. I'll wait for Microsoft's offering, at least it'll be full-blown Windows with desktop capability.

5. mootu

Posts: 1378; Member since: Mar 16, 2017

I posted on here about 6 months ago that this would probably retail at around £2000 and people laughed. Don't forget Samsungs W series phones cost up to $1500 in China and they sell out every year. Huawei's Porshe Design Mate phones cost around £2000 and they sell out every year as well. There is a market for ltd ed phones and there are people that will pay these prices for something different.

4. foldablephone

Posts: 56; Member since: Sep 19, 2018

It’s happening people ...smartphones are about to get exciting again!

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