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Samsung Galaxy Fold launches in the Middle East; pre-orders now open in UAE

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Update: The Samsung Galaxy Fold is all sold out in the UAE within three days of the pre-orders start date. Samsung will start a second round of pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold in the UAE on October 17th so if you missed out the first time around, then make sure you add a reminder for that date. Original story follows.

The new and improved Samsung Galaxy Fold has finally come to the Middle East, and takes the crown for the first foldable device in the country.

The Galaxy Fold was originally slated to launched earlier in the year, but a few issues were later discovered which made Samsung recall all the devices and fix them before eventually launching again.

Samsung Galaxy Fold pricing and availability

In the UAE, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is priced at AED 7,199, and comes with a pair of Galaxy Buds, a carbon fibre case and added services such as Samsung Care+, 24x7 concierge assistance and a year of accidental damage protection.

Pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold have opened, and can be booked from Samsung UAE's website (opens in new tab) with deliveries commencing October 17th. The phone will also be available in other GCC markets such as Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Besides Samsung's website, the Galaxy Fold will also be available through Samsung partner retailers such as Carrefour, Eros and Sharaf DG. 

Samsung Galaxy Fold specifications

The Galaxy Fold has two displays— 4.6-inch HD+ display on the outside for when the phone is folded and an Infinity Flex 7.3-inch Dynamic AMOLED with a resolution of 1536 x 2152. It needs to be noted that this is a plastic display and is a little more prone to scratches than glass.

Under the hood, the Galaxy Fold is powered by the Snapdragon 855 chipset with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage, making it one of the most powerful flagships around.

This is also the first Samsung device with a hexa-camera setup, with a 10MP selfie camera on the cover, another 10MP selfie camera on the inside along with a depth sensor and a triple camera array on the back consisting of a 12MP primary shooter, a 16MP ultra-wide lens and a 12MP 2x telephoto camera.

Powering all of that is a 4,380 mAh battery which is split into two cells, one on each side, which supports 15W fast charging and 15W fast wireless charging as well.

This one has a few hardware changes compared to the original Galaxy Fold. The topmost layer of the display now stretches to the edges of the front, the hinge mechanism has been made more robust and tiny covers have been added to the top and the bottom of the crease to prevent dust particles from entering inside.

Abbas Jaffar Ali
Abbas Jaffar Ali

Abbas has been living and breathing tech before phones became smart or clouds started storing data. It all started when he got his very first computer- the Sinclair ZX Spectrum. From computers to mobile phones and watches, Abbas is always interested in tech that is smarter and smaller because he believes that tech shouldn’t be something that gets added to your life- it should be a part of your life.