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Galaxy Fold success story continues in South Africa as pre-orders sell out

The Galaxy Fold went up for pre-order in more markets this week, and the device seems to enjoy a positive reception as pre-order stocks have been depleted in record times. South Africa is no exception, as Samsung revealed today that the first Galaxy Fold pre-order batch has already been sold out.

The company confirmed it is currently “working on increasing stock levels to keep up with demand.” It didn’t reveal exactly how many Galaxy Fold units have been pre-ordered in South Africa or when a new batch will arrive. Nevertheless, the device is supposed to go on sale in South Africa on October 18, and we assume a new pre-order batch will be made available before then.

Galaxy Fold – A huge success in limited quantities

The Galaxy Fold has been sold out in various markets where it’s become available for pre-order, including South Korea, Malaysia, and India. In part, this tells a lot about the excitement surrounding this new form factor, but in reality, Samsung also – willingly or unwillingly – facilitates this high demand through the way it released the Galaxy Fold in very limited quantities.

According to reports, the first Galaxy Fold pre-order batches didn’t exceed 2,000 units per market. Given this fairly low figure relative to the mobile industry, it would be an anomaly for Samsung not to sell the first batches like hotcakes.

But regardless of which perspective you prefer, the Galaxy Fold is an exciting new device for a lot of people, and thousands of early adopters around the world have already shown their interest in it. This will hopefully lead to further improvements and refinements for the second-generation Galaxy Fold or even for the future batches of the firs-gen device, especially since the vocal majority seems to have mixed opinions about it.

  • 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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iceguyver
iceguyver

A very good tablet, which I would have purchased. If only the official keyboard cover wasn’t held onto the tablet with adhesive. Glad that I purchased the SGT S5e with the official keyboard cover.

jon4444
jon4444

It’s obviously a compelling new product. The tech press overall has been bizarrely hostile to it with headlines like “It was too easy to accidentally ruin our demo unit with a razor blade!”

Gunter2
Gunter2

I wouldn’t call selling a couple of thousand phones a success story. Obviously a tiny number like that will sell out. If it was 200,000 units, that is a small success.

Ducati916
Ducati916

Im pretty sure they’ve sold at least 200k by now
An the fact that it’s not available Creates more hype

Gunter2
Gunter2

But they’ve only sold in 5 markets so far and in each one about 1600 devices including South Korea and the USA. So multiply 1600 x 5 and see if it comes to 200, 000. 🤔 I think that’s 8,000 phones……not quite 200,000.

Ducati916
Ducati916

Not sure where you got 1600 from being that Samsung yet to release how many phones sold in each market

Ducati916
Ducati916

Food for thought the there’s 16000 factory att store in the states most got at least 4 phones an most from reports sold out not including unsubsidized att store an not including all the best buys with most sold out I think your math is a little off

ProdByEchelon
ProdByEchelon

The Galaxy fold costs the equivalent of R44,000 ($2900) in South Africa so it really is a success story. Even though it was just 2000 units.