Samsung has announced an official release date for its much-delayed Galaxy Fold device. The Fold will go on sale in South Korea on Friday, September 6. The launch comes over five months after its original launch date.
Samsung says availability in France, Germany, Singapore, U.K., U.S., and more, in Cosmos Black and Space Silver will follow. (The Verge reports the Galaxy Fold will be available in France, Germany, and Singapore on September 18.)
The foldable Samsung handset will initially be available in a single configuration, offering 512GB of storage, 12GB of memory, and 5G support. A Montblanc luxury case is included.
The South Korean device electronics firm had planned to release its $1,980 foldable smartphone on April 26, but delayed the loss after several units sent out to influential reviewers broke during testing.
Samsung recalled the review units and informed pre-order customers on April 22 that it would announce a new release date “in the coming weeks.” The company said it was taking steps to strengthen the device’s display protection. The Fold’s screen proved to be vulnerable to debris getting stuck under the display.
The issue proved to be an embarrassment for Samsung, as the foldable smartphone/tablet was intended to prove that the company was an innovator in the smartphone market. However, things could have been worse, especially if the issue hadn’t been discovered until the devices were in the hands of customers.
The South Korean firm announced in July that the Fold would relaunch in September, but didn’t specify a date.