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Rumor: Samsung may drop initial Galaxy Fold launch for smaller markets

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Last updated: July 24th, 2019 at 12:26 UTC+02:00

Samsung is yet to confirm the Galaxy Fold launch details. The handset was supposed to be out on April 26 in the United States but the launch had to be delayed. Samsung was forced to do that after it became evident that there were issues which needed to be addressed.

The company has been working hard over the past few months to address those issues. Yet, we’re no closer to finding out when the device is actually going to arrive. When it does arrive, Samsung may not initially launch it in all markets.

Galaxy Fold launch may be limited to select markets at first

Rumor has it that Samsung has decided to drop the initial Galaxy Fold launch for smaller markets. The company was previously testing the latest firmware for all markets where the Galaxy Fold was going to be released. It suggested that Samsung would make the device available in quite a few markets at the same time. That would have certainly made sense.

Fans have already been made to wait for a long time. They were really looking forward to the company’s foldable smartphone but have been unable to even get their hands on a demo unit. However, it’s possible that Samsung may only launch the Galaxy Fold in a limited number of markets at first.

Some of the markets where firmware testing has been scaled back include countries like Italy and the Netherlands. The latest firmware is currently being tested for major markets like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and India (where we recently spotted the Galaxy Fold being tested out in the wild). This is different to how Samsung normally tests firmware for new flagship devices. For example, the latest Galaxy Note 10 firmware is being tested across all markets. This suggests that there won’t be any unnecessary launch delays in some markets.

Perhaps Samsung is simply being cautious or it’s having to manage production levels due to the problems it’s facing in importing key materials for foldable display production from Japan. So it may only want to target the major markets first with the Galaxy Fold. Whatever the case may be, we’re sure many would just want it to be out by now.

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