Samsung Galaxy Fold release window narrows in new Korean media report

Samsung Galaxy Fold release window narrows in new Korean media report
You can't tell from this render, but Samsung says the space between the Fold's hinge and body has been reduced

After a long and bumpy journey that started many years ago with a bunch of different foldable concepts envisioned as mobile industry game changers, Samsung swears the design kinks, flaws, and vulnerabilities that stalled a commercial Galaxy Fold launch initially scheduled for April have all been ironed out.

Unfortunately, while the company went into quite a bit of detail regarding these latest "construction improvements" last week, all we know about the revised timeline of the $2,000 handset is that it will include a vague September debut in "select markets". More availability information is to be disclosed "as we get closer to the launch", but if you're still burning with excitement for this device that broke so catastrophically in the hands of reviewers just a few months ago, a new Korean media report might be able to provide some early answers to one or two key questions.

The initial production run will be limited

Back when the Galaxy Fold was still unnamed and undetailed in its final commercial form, Samsung established a manufacturing goal of "at least" 1 million units for 2019. While it remains unclear how many of those were deemed ready for primetime before the product was indefinitely delayed, sources for The Korea Herald's The Investor are now predicting only between 20,000 and 30,000 copies will hit Samsung's domestic market "initially."

Obviously, that's a ridiculously low number compared to the production volume of a conventional new Galaxy Note or Galaxy S-series flagship, but given the complexity of this foldable design and the uncertainty of the last few months, that's almost impressively high. In total, Samsung is rumored to be preparing around 100,000 units for Korean sales, with the aforementioned 1 million global objective still standing.

Alas, there's a good chance the Galaxy Fold will be hard to come by in September and possibly even October, especially in a handful of smaller European markets where the flexible phone was once supposed to see daylight in early May.

Mark your calendars

When it comes to the likeliest re-release date of one of the most talked about smartphones this year, South Korea's major mobile network operators are (unofficially) hinting at a September 18-20 window. That's the second part of the third business week of next month, which would mean the Galaxy Fold could finally be made available around the time Apple is widely expected to unveil a new iPhone lineup.

Unless that's a crazy coincidence, we have to admit Samsung is pretty courageous... or outright crazy if it thinks it can rain on Apple's big yearly parade with such a divisive and prohibitive gadget. That being said, if the Galaxy Fold has indeed been "strengthened" and "stabilized" to a satisfactory degree, we can definitely understand the early adopter appeal the foldable device may elicit for a number of people who can also afford to spend close to two thousand bucks for a compact 4.6-incher capable of seamlessly doubling as a 7.3-inch media consumption powerhouse.

It remains to be seen how many units will ultimately make it to the US, where T-Mobile has surprisingly scrapped plans to carry the device in its own stores. That leaves AT&T as the only carrier expected to directly sell the Galaxy Fold, while Samsung will most likely offer variants designed specifically for use on both "Ma Bell" and "Magenta." 

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