Samsung Galaxy Fold Launching In U.S. On Sept. 27

The foldable smartphone will be available in AT&T and unlocked models, and will be paired with a concierge service for helping users to get started with the device.


Samsung said that its nearly $2,000 foldable smartphone, the Galaxy Fold, will be arriving in the U.S. later this week.

The Galaxy Fold—the industry's first mainstream foldable smartphone—will be available in the U.S. starting on Friday, Sept. 27, Samsung disclosed Monday.

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Initial options for acquiring the Galaxy Fold will be to buy the device through AT&T, or to buy an unlocked model from Best Buy or a Samsung retail store.

Samsung will also be making what it's calling its Galaxy Fold Premier Service available to U.S. buyers of the device.

The service will allow buyers to consult with a "Fold Concierge" who will "walk you through the Galaxy Fold, the in-box materials, and the included accessories," Samsung said in a news release.

Along with transferring contacts, apps and photos to the Galaxy Fold, the specialist “will also demonstrate how to use the Galaxy Fold’s key features and will guide you on how to take care of your new device,” Samsung said.

The Galaxy Fold has been delayed for months in order to fix issues that were uncovered about the initial version of the device. The company originally planned to debut the Galaxy Fold in April.

When opened, the Galaxy Fold offers 7.3 inches of display space, using Samsung's Infinity Flex Display technology. When closed, the Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch display on its top cover, which can be used to access apps as normal.

The foldable display makes use of a sophisticated hinge system that allows users to open and close the Galaxy Fold smoothly, according to Samsung.

The device has a starting price of $1,980. It will be available in two colors—Cosmos Black and Space Silver.

The postponed release has come in the wake of failed displays on some review units for the Galaxy Fold. Some of the problems apparently stemmed from the accidental removal of the top layer of the display, which the reviewers believed to be a screen protector. Not all reviewers reported issues with the Galaxy Fold display.

In a previous news release, Samsung outlined a number of design improvements to the Galaxy Fold. The top protective layer of the device's 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," Samsung said.

The reworked Galaxy Fold also features enhanced reinforcements to protect against intrusion from particles, the company said. Those include a stronger material around the top and bottom of the hinge, added metal layers under the display and a reduced space between the hinge and body of the device.