Samsung confirms foldable phone release for the first half of 2019

Samsung confirms foldable phone release for the first half of 2019
During CES 2019, just like previous years, Samsung again took the opportunity to show off its upcoming foldable smartphone. We've seen glimpses of the device at consumer shows in the past, but it seems to be closer than ever to launch. No, really. We know that you've heard this before and it's been years since we first heard about Samsung's foldable phone, but this time around, the company itself has seemingly confirmed the impending launch.

At CES this year, behind closed doors, Samsung showed off its foldable smartphone to select clients and said that it is ready to enter mass production. Suzanne de Silva, Samsung’s director of Product Strategy and Marketing, confirmed for Digital Trends that the new phone will hit store shelves in the first half of 2019.

However, unlike most Samsung Galaxy models, which are widely available around the world, this foldable device may be have limited availability at first. A Samsung rep has told Gizmodo that “the foldable device will launch by the first half of 2019 in select markets. We are currently ready for its mass production and expecting at least 1 million units to be produced.”

This likely means that the foldable Galaxy phone be first made available in Samsung's home market, and maybe a few other regions, but the US and Europe may have to wait a good couple of months before the device makes its way to the West. As far as pricing goes, the foldable Samsung Galaxy phone is expected to start at somewhere around $1,850, shocking as this may sound.

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12 Comments

1. Phonehex

Posts: 763; Member since: Feb 16, 2016

Can't wait for the true "innovation" .

2. L0n3n1nja

Posts: 1557; Member since: Jul 12, 2016

They should make one with S Pen compatability.

4. chenski

Posts: 768; Member since: Mar 22, 2015

No, they would want to differentiate it from the note series

5. Sparkxster

Posts: 1228; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

S pen would go very well with the foldable phone.

3. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

Good luck to anyone who buys this thing.

6. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

You dont know how"THIS THING" will be. You are just hating on it because its not your favorite brand.

8. BuffaloSouce unregistered

He's right though. You just get salty at anyone who doesn't suck on Samsung's knob like you do

10. 47AlphaTango

Posts: 729; Member since: Sep 27, 2015

LOL! I own a note 8. And I know which brand and model to trust! "THIS THING" is the first generation of samsung galaxy foldable products. And if you remember their introduction to the product. The room was darken. The phone didn't even come with app samples. Now if you remember. Most apps work on a rectangular screen. Now how will those apps run on a SQUARE display?

7. sissy246

Posts: 7111; Member since: Mar 04, 2015

I am glad its coming out before the note 10 incase i decide to go for it. But i am thinking it might be best to go ahead and wait for the 2ed gen.

9. dmdzordilla

Posts: 59; Member since: Jul 31, 2018

The fold and Note series must be merged for productivity purposes, a tablet that folds to become a phone with an SPen is the way to go. Or maybe two versions one without the SPen.

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The 18 hundred dollars Cost makes this Samsung folding screen smart phone/Mini Tablet a very niche Product only the rich can afford or a device the Cell phone Carriers will have to very heavily subsidize in a pay plan. If Samsung gets it right though it is a very compelling device to have for those who like smartphones with a bigger screen

12. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm if Microsoft's new Windows 10 "Thin" OS or Windows 10 on ARMs can go on this device it would be an interesting windows production device. Microsoft is rumored to debut later this year a foldable mini Tablet from their "Centaurus" program you wont be able to put it into your pocket but it will run some x86/Win32 PC programs that number in the Millions so it wont be a useless device for sure

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