Unlike the Galaxy Note 20 duo,
Galaxy Watch 3, and Galaxy Buds Live and much like the Galaxy Tab S7 and S7+, Samsung’s newest foldable device is not up for grabs yet. Furthermore, the company stayed completely silent on the pricing and availability of the undoubtedly imminent
Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G during its big virtual Unpacked event last week, leaving us wondering if we should sell one or both kidneys in anticipation of the versatile handset’s release.
While mobile tech leaking legend Evan Blass has no fresh inside information to share on the potential retail cost of the 5G-enabled Z Fold 2 today,
the commercial timeline is completely out of the bag now, with a pre-order start tipped for September 2 and “open sales” expected to kick off on September 18.
If the latter date sounds familiar, that might be because it was already
rumored by Korean media a couple of weeks ago. Of course, we’re pretty sure Blass has intel pertaining to the US market, so it’s essentially etched in stone that the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G will be released simultaneously at least in these two key regions in a little over a month.
Although that seems like a fairly lengthy wait, you have to consider how delicate the Z Fold 2 5G mass-production process must be. After all, we’re definitely not talking about your everyday flagship phone here, with an ultra-thin layer of glass protecting a beautiful primary 7.6-inch foldable Dynamic AMOLED display supporting 120Hz refresh rate technology and a large 6.23-inch Super AMOLED screen residing on the other side of that along with virtually no bezels and three 12MP cameras.
500,000 sales total by the end of 2020 alone, which is a score that can only be achieved with relatively wide global availability and a solid supply chain. For what it’s worth, AT&T, T-Mobile, and yes, even Verizon are all expected to sell the Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G directly in addition to Samsung itself, strongly suggesting initial supply will not be quite
as tight as once predicted.
If you can afford to spend the $2,000 or so Samsung is expected to charge for an unlocked
Galaxy Z Fold 2 5G, that is.