WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The much-awaited Galaxy foldable smartphones are now out and if you pre-order now, your phone will be available in carrier stores by April 26.
- While the launching of the Galaxy Fold in February had caused quite the impact, its unproven form factor along with its price will initially impact its appeal on consumers.
- However, over time, it is believed that the form and size will eventually become the norm for smartphones.
Samsung’s long-awaited foldable Galaxy phone is now out in the market.
AT&T (T) has already started accepting pre-orders on its website for the Galaxy Fold. Phones will be shipped on April 25 and will be out in the carrier’s stores on Friday, April 26.
T-Mobile (TMUS) announced last week that Galaxy Fold sales will be starting both online and in stores on April 26, but will not offer preorders. For now, Verizon (VZ) isn’t selling the phone while no response to a request for comments yet from Sprint (S) on when it be available on its network.
In February, the 4.6-inch smartphone that can open up into a 7.3-inch table caused quite a stir at Samsung’s yearly smartphone event. Consumers may be especially attracted to the device because of its multitasking apps, big screens where you can view all your data in one place at the same time watch Netflix and reply to text messages.
The smartphone comes in black, silver, green and blue colors. The 4G- LTE compatible phone model is being sold by AT&T while the 5G- compatible phone is sold in South Korea by Samsung.
“We are creating a new dimension for your phone and your life; one that defies a new category,” said a spokesperson for Samsung during the February event.
While Samsung has long since proven that there’s interest over larger-screen smartphones like the Galaxy Note, the size and price of $1,980 is a risk and a gamble for an unproven form factor.
Previously, research director of CCS Insight Ben Wood told CNN Business that the high cost and trade-offs in usability of the Galaxy Fold will initially limit its appeal.
“The current form factor for smartphones works pretty well and the hinge on a folding device will add some bulk. But over time I’m sure it will become a more normal design approach on smartphones.”
In addition, the developers need to be convinced that apps have to be designed to meet the unique form factor.
According to a release from Warner Media owner AT&T, consumers will be able to pay the Galaxy Fold in increments, which is $66 for each month for 30 months with eligible service, working on its upgraded 5G Evolution network.
Source: CNN Business