Samsung Galaxy Fold to be available in the Philippines ‘soon’

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Samsung Galaxy Fold

THE Samsung Galaxy Fold will be sold in the Philippines “soon” following its official launch in other markets last month, the company said in a statement on Tuesday, which comes after a months-long delay because of a defect in the foldable phone’s design.

“Following the successful launch of the Samsung Galaxy Fold last month where it sold out in a number of countries, Filipino consumers now get to take part in unfolding the future of devices as Samsung brings this new category of mobile technology to the Philippine shores soon,” Samsung Philippines said.

“During the past several months, Samsung has been refining the Galaxy Fold to ensure it delivers the best possible experience. Not only did Samsung improve the Galaxy Fold’s design and construction, but also took the time to rethink the entire consumer journey,” it added.

The Galaxy Fold, first announced by Samsung Electronics Co. in February, was set to be released in April. However, problems with the phone’s screen prompted the company to push back its launch to address the issues.

Local pricing has not been released, but the Galaxy Fold is sold starting at $1,980 in the United States.

“The category-defining Galaxy Fold is a device that defies the barriers of traditional smartphone design. Now, we’re excited to release this pioneering mobile technology, and allow consumers to experience it for themselves,” said DJ Koh, Samsung Electronics President and CEO of IT & Mobile Communications Division.

“Consumers have responded positively to larger screens, and the Galaxy Fold’s revolutionary form factor offers a bigger, more immersive screen without sacrificing portability. This is what we call innovation of new mobile experience in action.”

The foldable phone has a clamshell design. Its main display is a 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex Display. Meanwhile, the cover screen is a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Display.

“When closed, users can access essentials on the cover display comfortably with one hand, and when opened, they can explore new ways to multitask, watch videos, play games, and more, on its immersive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display,” Samsung said.

The Galaxy Fold has six cameras: a 10-megapixel (MP) cover selfie camera, two front cameras (10MP selfie camera and 8MP RGB Depth camera), and three rear cameras (16MP ultra wide camera, 12MP wide-angle camera and 12MP telephoto camera).

“The Galaxy Fold transforms how users capture, share, and edit mobile content. When closed, you can shoot a quick video, and then simply open the device to watch it on a larger screen — with App Continuity, the video seamlessly transitions from the cover display to the main display,” the company said.

“With Multi-Active Window, you can run multiple apps at once in real-time and effectively multitask: Edit footage, browse through the photo gallery for still shots, and read emails from friends and co-workers, all at the same time.”

The phone runs on Android 9 and has 12GB RAM with 512GB internal storage. Its LTE model features a 4380mAh battery, which is fast charge compatible on wired and wireless. The Galaxy Fold also has a 5G model.

Samsung said every Galaxy Fold comes with exclusive access to specialized customer care services, including one-on-one access to Samsung experts and a 24/7 support hub online or over the phone.

“Samsung will further elaborate on its plans in the Philippines to ensure every aspect of the Galaxy Fold experience is as extraordinary as the device itself,” it said.