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Samsung Galaxy Fold launch date revealed

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Written by: Emma Lunn
06/09/2019
Samsung will release the Galaxy Fold 5G smartphone on 18 September – with a price tag of between £1,600 and £1,900.

Tech fans in the UK will only be able to buy the phone, which will come with wireless Galaxy Buds and a Galaxy Fold 5G Aramid case, direct from Samsung or on a contract with EE. EE has not yet confirmed contract pricing plans.

The phone will be available in two colours – Cosmos Black and Space Silver – and be 5G-ready.

When the handset is closed, users can access the essentials on the cover display comfortably with one hand;  when opened, users can multitask, watch videos, play games, and more, on the phone’s immersive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display.

“App Continuity” means that when the phone is closed you can shoot a quick video and then open the device to watch it on a larger screen – with the video seamlessly transitioning from the cover display to the main display.

“Multi-Active Window” allows users to run multiple apps at once in real-time and effectively multitask. Users can edit footage, browse the photo gallery, and read emails all at the same time.

Samsung initially planned to launch the Galaxy Fold in March but instead decided to improve the phone’s design and construction.

DJ Koh, president and CEO of IT and mobile communications division at Samsung Electronics, said: “The category-defining Galaxy Fold is a device that defies the barriers of traditional smartphone design. Now, we’re excited to release this pioneering mobile technology, and allow consumers to experience it for themselves.

“Consumers have responded positively to larger screens, and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability. This is what we call innovation of new mobile experience in action.”

James Brown, director of smartphone and gadget insurer Protect Your Bubble, said: “The long awaited, and much anticipated, launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold is finally here. Folding phones could be the future for the industry, but after a few early teething problems for the Galaxy Fold, how are consumers going to react?

“Will many buyers be tempted to wait and see, or have the issues around screens cracking, which Samsung is confident have been rectified, become a distant memory.

“The reported £1,634 price tag – almost double the cost of other high-end phones – means that consumers are going to expect a polished top-end smartphone that works perfectly. Users are drooling at the thought of folding smartphones that open to reveal super-size screens, and there’s huge potential for riches on the table for the manufacturer that gets it right.”

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