Samsung’s Galaxy Fold will launch in Australia on 30 October
You'll be able to grab Samsung's foldable phone for $2,999 from the end of the month.
It turns out that it actually meant "by the end of the month", with the Galaxy Fold going on sale in Australia from 30 October 2019 for a hefty $2,999.
That $2,999 will buy you a foldable phone with a primary 7.3 inch 2152x1536 pixel Dynamic AMOLED display and secondary 4.6 inch 1680x720 pixel Super AMOLED display used when the Galaxy Fold is folded up.
The Galaxy Fold will ship in just one configuration locally with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of fixed onboard storage in Cosmos Black or Space Silver finishes. While Samsung has often opted for its own Exynos silicon for local Galaxy handsets, the Galaxy Fold in Australia will ship with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor on board instead.
The Galaxy Fold is a dual SIM phone with eSIM support, and Samsung Australia has confirmed that Australian carriers will offer the option for local consumers to sign up to eSIM plans if you don't want a physical SIM. Samsung will also provide a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds and a slim cover case for buyers of the Galaxy Fold in Australia.
Samsung says that it's "partnered with all operators for Galaxy Fold", so you will be able to get hold of one on contract, although we'll have to wait until each carrier announces pricing to see where the deals are.
However, what you won't be able to do -- at least at first -- is order a Galaxy Fold online. Samsung is keeping its limited stock of Galaxy Fold handsets exclusive for in-store demonstrations and ordering. That will, according to Samsung Australia representatives include any carrier or retail partners. Samsung's reasoning here is that it wants to ensure anyone dropping $2,999 on the Galaxy Fold will be entirely happy with what they're going to get.
We've already gone hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Fold at IFA 2019, so you can read our early impressions here.
Stay tuned for our full review, coming soon.