Samsung Galaxy Fold: Launch date and price for South Africa confirmed_1

Samsung first introduced the Galaxy Fold in February 2019, with a launch date set for April. The roll-out was delayed by five months, while Samsung tweaked the design.

The device was released in South Korea on 18 September, and launched globally on 27 September. However, South Africans had to wait a little while longer. Well, the wait is now over!

When will the Galaxy Fold launch in South Africa?

According to Samsung, the Galaxy Fold – described as "Samsung's first foldable phone with innovative infinity flex display – will launch on 18 October 2019.

The device will be available in two colours: Space Silver and Cosmos Black. A limited pre-launch option opened up today but it's already sold out.

Fear not, a second launch offer for 18 October is currently open. Get it here.

How much will it cost?

We warned you that it's going to be pricey…

The Samsung Galaxy Fold 512GB model will cost R43 999 on pre-order. Along with the phone, you'll also get Galaxy Buds, and Aramid Fiber cover, as well as Samsung Care+.

For that, you get a device with six pro-grade cameras that, according to Samsung, "captures everything from rich, detailed close-up to panoramic photos".

There is a triple camera set up on the rear, similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus. The main one is a 12-MP wide-angle camera.

Then there's also a 12-MP telephoto camera and a 16-PM ultra-wide camera at the rear, along with two 10-MP front selfie cameras – for 'unfolded' and 'closed' use.

Also read – Galaxy Fold 2: Samsung's next-gen foldable phone is going old school

Samsung Galaxy Fold phone specs

As for the battery, the Galaxy Fold is a heavy-duty phone needs a heavy-duty battery. Samsung's Galaxy Fold has two of those, combined to offer a robust capacity of about 4 380 mAh.

The Galaxy Fold will also feature Wireless PowerShare. This will allow you to charge other phones or gadgets, like the Galaxy Watch or Galaxy Buds, by placing them on the back of the Galaxy Fold.

The main display – when the phone is 'unfolded' or open – measures 18.5cm, and the external display (closed) will be 11.6cm.

This puts the phone in the same bracket as a tablet, and the unfolded display is perfect for watching videos or playing games. On the downside, the main display has a thick black border.

You'll also be able to multitask up to three apps, thanks to the resizable app windows in split-screen view. How cool is that!

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