Samsung plans to market its first collapsible device in late April, although interested buyers may have trouble finding the $ 2,000 smartphone. That's what you'll have to spend to get a collapsible Samsung phone this year, as collapsible devices will not be cheap at first in the first few years.
Samsung has ordered components from its partners to make the phone, ETNews reports, with the device should go into production in late March or early April.
This is a radical change from Samsung's usual methods for its standard flagship phones, which typically come into production a few months before launch. But Samsung is trying to test the market with the first Galaxy Fold device, which explains the limited production.
Samsung does not plan to manufacture more than 100,000 Galaxy Fold units per month, the report reveals, but performance issues may not even allow Samsung to meet this monthly target.
The report says that the display will be particularly tricky. That's why the Galaxy Fold's 7.3-inch screen went into production late last year, due to a variety of manufacturing challenges related to its mass production. The screen is not glass. According to the report, it is a transparent polyimide material (PI) which is then glued on various display layers by means of a special adhesive.
Due to Samsung's limited production plans, buyers may have trouble finding the Galaxy Fold in conventional electronics stores and at merchants who would otherwise store Samsung's latest smartphones. Instead, they might be interested in dealing directly with Samsung when Galaxy Fold pre-orders are released.