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Samsung’s Galaxy Fold hits Korea this week


Samsung Galaxy Fold

But no word yet on when we'll be able to Fold our phones Down Under.

Samsung has announced that its Galaxy Fold smartphone will go on sale in its home country of South Korea on 6 September, with availability to follow in "select countries", with France, Germany, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the USA specifically mentioned, as well as the rather nebulous "more" countries.

While that's a little faster than many may have anticipated, there's no actual word on when we'll see the Galaxy Fold launch in Australia.

Reuters reports that it will cost 2.4 million Korean won, which would put local pricing just shy of $3,000. Given the local GST situation, it's entirely feasible that it could cost more than that. So far this year, local carriers have been reluctant to offer the highest-priced smartphones on contract, so it's also feasible that it may end up as an outright-only option in Australia.

Samsung Australia had originally committed to releasing the Galaxy Fold in Australia by mid-year.

Samsung's somewhat beleaguered Galaxy Fold handset was the talk of the town at Mobile World Congress, and easily one of the year's most highly anticipated smartphones.

Samsung was riding a wave of hype that came crashing down when the early review samples displayed significant durability problems, forcing the Korean giant to go back to the labs to work on its design.

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