The Samsung Galaxy Fold saga continues. Back in July, Samsung said that it would release a strengthened and thoroughly retested version of its premium foldable smartphone this September. As now we have entered that month, Samsung has opened its official pre-registration page for UK and US customers. I expect there to shortly follow a pre-orders page, and the smartphone to start becoming available online and in stores later in the month. Between now and then, there is the IFA Berlin 2019 show (6th - 11th September) which could be a convenient platform for a re-launch.
As a reminder of the changes that have been implemented in the Galaxy Fold design, in July Samsung specifically said that :
- The top protective layer of the Infinity Flex Display has been extended beyond the bezel, making it apparent that it is an integral part of the display structure and not meant to be removed.
- Galaxy Fold features additional reinforcements to better protect the device from external particles while maintaining its signature foldable experience:
>The top and bottom of the hinge area have been strengthened with newly added protection caps.
- Additional metal layers underneath the Infinity Flex Display have been included to reinforce the protection of the display.
- The space between the hinge and body of Galaxy Fold has been reduced.
If you head on over to the Samsung Galaxy Fold pre-registration page today, in the UK or US, you can only register your interest in - rather than reserve - one of these smartphones. However, registering should enable you to be in line very quickly when pre-orders, or even orders, begin to be taken by Samsung. Reports are that supplies will be extremely limited and pre-registration pages in Asia have seen strong consumer responses. No money / deposit is taken for pre-registration.
Other phone retailers and mobile networks in the US have started to promote the Galaxy Fold again. For example, AT&T are again advertising the Samsung Galaxy Fold to buy outright for $1,980 or for $65.99 over 30 months (interest free payments) for existing customers. As an aside, Samsung premium phones often depreciate very quickly, and if the Fold had become available at the start of May, as originally planned, it might have been quite a lot cheaper than $1,980 by now.
Samsung Galaxy A90 5G launch
In other Samsung news today, the tech giant has launched the new Galaxy A90 5G "for the Era of Live". This top-end A-series device is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 5G Mobile Platform, 6/8GB of RAM, 48MP/8MP/5MP rear cameras with AI, an expansive 6.7-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED Infinity-U display, and a 4,500mAh battery with super-fast charging capabilities.
Free AKG headphones bundle in the UK
In an email to HEXUS, Samsung has announced a new sales promotion in the UK. Purchases of a Samsung Galaxy A50, A70, A80 or S10e will come with a complimentary pair of AKG Y500 wireless headphones via redemption coupon. Purchase must be made by 19th Sept, and claim made within 30 days.