In a second attempt Samsung wants to bring its first unfoldable smartphone in Germany on the market - later this month. The Galaxy Fold 5G will come on 18 September in the trade, said the smartphone market leader on Thursday shortly before the start of the technology fair Ifa in Berlin.
In Germany, the smartphone, whose display can be opened to the size of a small tablet, will be available together with wireless headphones and a cover. With a price of 2100 euros, the Galaxy Fold 5G should, however, at first only be aimed at a small group of customers.
In a press release, the Group is cautious about bringing the device "in first quantities" to Germany - an indication that there will not be many devices. Originally the Galaxy Fold had to cost 2000 euros. The model now announced for Germany will also support the new 5G mobile communications standard.
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Samsung and the Chinese manufacturer Huawei had launched a race who can first bring a foldable smartphone on the market. The launch of the already announced in February devices was delayed but then because of technical problems.
Problems stopped the first start
At the end of April, Samsung halted the launch of the Galaxy Fold just days before the scheduled date, after several US journalists reported that their test equipment was broken after a few days.
Since these incidents Samsung wants to have reinforced, among other things, the folding joint of the device. The manufacturer speaks of an "improved design" and a "revised design", which should now provide "a high degree of stability". "We've mastered great technical challenges to develop the Galaxy Fold 5G," said Samsung mobile boss DJ Koh.
At the Ifa also Huawei should have his foldable model Mate X here. A market launch of this folding cell phone was last promised in the fall, but is still uncertain. The Chinese manufacturer is currently experiencing severe problems due to the trade dispute with the US. One consequence of the US trade restrictions is that the company may no longer use certain parts of Google's operating system Android in new smartphones.