Samsung’s $2,000 foldable phone is almost upon us.
The long-delayed Galaxy Fold will go on sale on Friday in South Korea, a source with direct knowledge of the matter said Wednesday.
The Fold was originally due to hit the US market in the spring, but once review units made their way out to gadget bloggers, reports of major malfunctions quickly spread across Twitter, forcing Samsung to postpone the launch of the $1,980 smartphone a week before it was scheduled to hit stores on April 26.
The phone will cost about 2.4 million won ($1,980) for South Korean buyers, the source from one of the country’s major mobile carriers told Reuters, requesting anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. The source did not provide further details.
Samsung declined to comment Wednesday.
Samsung has promised to usher in a new age of foldables as part of its effort to showcase innovation amid the saturated smartphone market.
The company announced in July it would be ready to sell the Galaxy Fold in September after making changes including strengthening hinges, which early reviewers had found to be problematic.
The delays cost the South Korean tech giant sales that could have provided a decent bump in revenue during the slow summer season.
Last month, Chinese rival Huawei Technologies Co. delayed the planned September launch of its own first foldable phone, its second postponement this year, as it battles a US trade blacklist that threatens the tech giant’s access to crucial US technologies such as Google’s Android.
Samsung currently offers pre-registration for the Fold on its US and UK websites.