Opinion

No, the Galaxy Fold isn’t overpriced — in fact, it’s quite the opposite

Set to be priced at $1980 when it goes on sale in the United States on April 26, the Galaxy Fold is far from cheap. But it isn’t overpriced. Hear me out…

The Galaxy Fold can be unfurled from its sedentary form as a smartphone to morph into a 7.3-inch tablet, making it an all-too-appealing two-in-one solution; customers receive both a smartphone and a tablet, bundled into one device — the first of its kind — eliminating the need to transport two.

Basic Math: $1500 + $500 = $2000

Now let’s talk reasoning. The top-of-the-line Galaxy S10+ will set customers back around $1500, while a brand new Galaxy Tab S5e costs somewhere in the region of $500. Combine those two figures and you’ll come out with $2000 — that’s $20 more than the Galaxy Fold will cost when it launches.

Related: Galaxy S10+ Review

That’s the first crucial detail in my argument that the Galaxy Fold isn’t overpriced, and that’s because you’re buying two devices that just so happen to be merged into one. Sure, it isn’t going to appeal to everyone, but it will to those who are in the market for both a high-end smartphone and tablet.

It’s been in development since 2016

If that hasn’t convinced you, R&D might. You see, launching a new product that’s like no other requires an awful lot of time and funding. Samsung hinted that it’s been working on the foldable screen since 2016 and has sunk tens, if not hundreds, of millions of dollars into its development.

It has to make that investment back somehow, so — as Apple did with the iPhone X — it’s likely added a small surcharge to the handset, bumping the original price up to the $1980 mark. And if we consider that to be the case, the Galaxy Fold is somewhat good value for money.

How, you ask? Because you’re getting state-of-the-art tech, a smartphone and a tablet — all wrapped up into a single handset that will set you back less than you’d pay if you were to pick them up separately. And when you take that standpoint, $1980 isn’t too outrageous; it’s actually quite fair.

But it’s not all rainbows and unicorns

There’s one downside to the Galaxy Fold, though. Seeing as it adopts a form factor that’s never been trialled before, there’s bound to be an issue or two — and that’s something that the first wave of adopters will take the brunt of. So in that sense, it’s more of an experiment for Samsung.

But foldable devices is the direction the industry is headed in, and as was the case with Apple and the iPhone X before launching the iPhone XR, the earliest adopters will have to pay the most to get their hands on the tech. But unlike Apple, what Samsung’s asking makes a lot of sense.

I mean, two top-spec devices, rolled into one, for less than you’d pay to pick them up individually?

Count me in.

  • Model: SM-F900F
  • Dimensions: Unfolded: 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm Folded: 160.9 x 62.9 x 15.5 mm
  • Display: 7,3" (185.4mm) Super AMOLED
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 855
  • Camera: 16 MP, CMOS F2.2 & 12MP, CMOS F1.5/F2.4Wide & 12MP, CMOS F2.4 Telephoto

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dryfire
dryfire

How much was spent in development (both time and money) really does not in any meaningful way justify the cost. Had the R&D been done in six months, I am somehow certain it would not be selling for 750 US $$. There were undoubtedly many dead ends and errors along the path to a finished product, but I do not feel compelled to pay for them. If others want to toss that kind of cash away, well, it is a free market and they can do as they please.

Lucidfer
Lucidfer

That’s crazy how you’ve reach a point where this blatant advertisement and PR rationalisation makes your blog 100% untrustworthy…

locarno
locarno

“And when you take that standpoint, $1980 isn’t too outrageous; it’s actually quite fair.”

Tell this to people who earn 500$ a month and they have support the whole house and family.

andyx8
andyx8

Why does a person earning 500$ supporting the house and family will need and buy this. Really? This thing is a necessity? This thing is for people who can afford. A folding phone cant make your life better.

curciopau
curciopau

it can

SteveTud
SteveTud

Lets see how many sell

redgumtv
redgumtv

Wouldn’t suit me. I already have a 12″, 10.1″ Samsung tab and a S9+, Galaxy Watch, all LTE. My exercise regime is walking 2 hours each day. The type of exercise doesn’t matter, could be bike riding, the point is most people exercising need lightness. You don’t want to carry any more weight than necessary. In my case I just take my Galaxy watch on walks so I can handle calls, text, email and SPay, social networks and only respond to the urgent matters and use SHealth. The rest stays at home. When at home or travelling I use my… Read more »

McLaren Zonda
McLaren Zonda

Not quite tbh. It doesn’t have a headphone jack. It has a massive notch. 7.3″ is small for a tablet.
The phone screen has massive bezels.
It’s still a primitive design. Huawei design looks more futureproof, but then again it also costs $2600.
A base model S10+ costs $1000. A Tab S4 with a 10 inch screen & s pen costs around $700-800.
If they released something like the Huawei & priced it around $1500, then that’d be not that overpriced.
I’m sure other Chinese manufacturers can do better.

o0MHJ0o
o0MHJ0o

Huawri’s design is stupid. Curving on the outside is useless for day to day use. You could only safely use it in a room made of sponge!
I’m not a fan of these completely bezeless displays anyway, I think they’re impractical but if they just got the aspect ratio right for this Fold, I might have considered it.

siaho
siaho

The galaxy fold is not any better – the screen doesn’t have a glass on top of it, it’s plastic like material that will scratch from absurdly soft materials. On top of that there is a gap between the display when folded and it will easily pick up dirt from your pocket for extra scratching. Both foldable phones are for rich people to show off, they are not ready to be called practical. Maybe after 2-3 generations, but not now.

PookiePrancer
PookiePrancer

Samsung should offer an upgrade path to buyers of these, like Tag Heuer did with their smartwatch. It would make everyone feel more confident about their purchase.

samsungfan99
samsungfan99

Are you trying to justify a phone that costs almost 2K? Wow… I will say that the phone looks amazing, in a few years the cost of these things will go down once the tech matures and foldable phones will be cheaper then. Either that, or they’ll die out and we’ll go back to what we have now lol.

Abhijeet M.
Abhijeet M.

Not justifying, just saying that going by the price of regular flagships, the Galaxy Fold seems quite sanely priced. I mean, it’s a first generation product that’s had years of work and R&D behind it, and Samsung could have priced it higher but didn’t. Still remains an option only for those with a lot of money or those who want to spend on testing new tech like this, but again, pricing is good enough. And true, either they die out or one day we’ll all be able to pick one up, haha.

VIRGIN KLM
VIRGIN KLM

Current flagships should have never entered the price range bracket they are the last 2,5 years or so in the first place, period. The same devices if they were released prior to iPhone X’s launch they wouldn’t cost a dime over $700. The only reason these price tags exist is because people have allowed this trend of ever increasing price tags to be a tolerated industry stunt. Don’t push the “innovation costs” storyline, it’s not like innovations haven’t happened in the past, people can discern what is justifiable and what is not.

dryfire
dryfire

Respectfully, the concepts of flagship cellular devices and sane pricing are inherently self-contradictory.

siaho
siaho

We should not pay for the R&D and all it’s failures/missteps during the development. After all, we buy the product they released if it’s good, their “return” from that R&D should be that people buy their product, not a greedy big profit on our shoulders that pays even for that part at full. Do you think that something like nokia N95 with gps, browsing, stereo speakers, dual sliding, wifi and so on – didn’t had a ton of R&D? Or the first iphone? Are you serious that this phone took more for samsung to R&D than apple the first iphone… Read more »

fcaroll
fcaroll

It’s the rest of flagship smartphones that is overpriced