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Samsung Galaxy Fold release date re-do starts September 6

Samsung Galaxy Fold
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Samsung is proclaiming that the long-awaited Galaxy Fold is 'now available' – at least in its home country of Korea, where it'll finally be delivered on Friday, September 6. 

Don't worry, everyone else, there's more: Samsung's delayed foldable phone is then set to launch in the US, UK and other European countries 'in the coming weeks,' according to the company's official announcement.

There's a specific date attached to the Samsung Galaxy Fold UK launch: September 18, and it'll be available through EE as well as from Samsung Experience Stores. But no official word on a US release date just yet.

Today was also the first time that Samsung talked about the Galaxy Fold 5G, albeit vaguely, noting that, "With a 5G-ready option in select countries, consumers will be able to unfold the future on the fastest network speeds available."

While EE has the 5G version locked up in the UK, there are no confirmed plans to bring the faster version to the US. The Fold remains 4G LTE-exclusive in the US.

The Samsung Galaxy Fold price will remain unchanged: high. It'll cost $1,980 / £1,800 (€2,000), twice the price of typical flagship phones, and come in the two color options we've seen before: Cosmos Black and Space Silver.

Galaxy Fold release date specifics

When will the Galaxy Fold launch in the US? Samsung doesn't give an exact date, but a recent tweet from leaker Evan Blass points to Friday, September 27.

That's five months (almost to the date – April 26) after the Samsung Galaxy Fold was set to launch in the US. It was quickly delayed after the the phone broke in the hands of some early reviewers. In that time, Samsung promised that a bunch of fixes were made to the device.

We expect more news from Samsung today, as this announcement is happening just ahead of its IFA 2019 press conference. Previously, we heard that Samsung was readying 20,000 and 30,000 units of the handset by the September 6 release date, according to Korea Herald.

Of course, between the initial Galaxy Fold release date delay and now, smartphone competition has gotten even more fierce. This includes new arrivals among Samsung phones like the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Plus we just reviewed.

Matt Swider

US Editor-in-Chief

Matt Swider is TechRadar's gadget-savvy, globe-trotting US Editor-in-Chief who leads the US team in New York City. He began his tech journalism career all the way back in 1999 at the age of 14, and first started writing for TechRadar in 2012. He's tested over 1,000 phones, tablets and wearables and commands a Twitter account of 777,000+ followers. Matt received his journalism degree from Penn State University and is never seen without his TechRadar headphones.