The Samsung Galaxy Fold is now on sale — here’s where to buy one

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  • The Samsung Galaxy Fold isn’t just a smartphone; it unfolds to become a 7.3-inch tablet.
  • The Galaxy Fold was set to roll out in April 2019, but Samsung postponed the launch after a number of early reviewers experienced issues with the device.
  • The Galaxy Fold is now available to customers in the US.

Samsung’s Galaxy Fold looked to be one of the most impressive smartphones of 2019, but it got off to a rocky start.

The Galaxy Fold was scheduled to launch in April, but Samsung indefinitely delayed the release after a number of reviewers encountered hardware problems with the folding screen. On September 5, Samsung announced a new launch date – but only in a few countries.

The Galaxy Fold is available now in countries around the world, including South Korea, France, Germany, Singapore, the UK, and the US.

You can now buy the Galaxy Fold at Best Buy (in-store only), Samsung (in-store only), or AT&T.

Buy the Galaxy Fold at Samsung, Best Buy, and AT&T.


How much is the Galaxy Fold?

Brace yourself: This phone is $1,980.

That’s right: For the price of the Galaxy Fold, you could buy two iPhone 11s and still have almost $600 left over.

That said, some sellers offer trade-in deals that can alleviate the cost. We’ll update this page if such deals appear.


Where can I buy the Galaxy Fold?

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The Galaxy Fold sports a 7.3-inch display when it’s open.
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When it comes to Samsung phones, your best bet is usually to order from Samsung directly. The manufacturer tends to offer excellent deals on its phones (particularly when it comes to trade-in credits) and is also likely the retailer offering the most color and carrier options. Samsung doesn’t, however, appear to be selling the Galaxy Fold online yet. On the company’s website, you can find the closest store that carries the phone.

If the nearest Best Buy is more convenient for you, that retailer is also selling the Galaxy Fold for in-store pickup only (but you can order the phone online). Act fast if you want to use this option, as Best Buy (and other third-party sellers) sometimes sell out of popular models quickly.

AT&T is the only carrier currently selling the Galaxy Fold. AT&T and T-Mobile were originally slated to offer the phone, but T-Mobile backed out of the deal in July. The good news is that AT&T seems to be the only retailer that will ship the phone to your house.

Note: Some unlocked phones can still accommodate some unsupported carriers (I’ve been using the Verizon-exclusive Pixel 3 via AT&T for the past year), but it’s not guaranteed. If you’re not an AT&T user, confirm that you can use the phone on your plan before you buy it.

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What is the Galaxy Fold?

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The Galaxy Fold’s front screen measures 4.6 inches with a 1,680 x 720 resolution.
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In the first batch of Galaxy Fold reviews, some critics complained of screen malfunctions and other hardware problems. Business Insider did not experience any such issues. Despite the impressive specs, reporters largely recommended against buying the phone until the issues were resolved. “I have never used a device with this many problems that I have liked this much,” noted The Verge’s two-star review.

Samsung went back to the drawing board and debuted a revised version of the phone on September 5 at IFA 2019. We took a look at it in a briefing at IFA, and the improvements are clear. The crease, which our reviewer decried, is now less pronounced, and the screen is more stable and better-protected. The phone transitions quickly between screens and apps load quickly. The screen quality is impressive, though you can see where the joint is.

Even so, the nearly $2,000 price tag is likely more than most folks want to spend on a phone. But if money is no object, or you’re willing to shell out for a luxury device, the Fold looks to be a more justifiable purchase than it was in April.

Most notably, the Galaxy Fold has one of the best smartphone screens out there, with a 7.3-inch display with 2,152 x 1,536-pixel resolution. That’s not too far off the size of the 7.8-inch iPad Mini, with a better resolution (and crisper picture, according to Business Insider’s side-by-side test) to boot. The massive screen is nifty, and a split-screen mode allows you to run up to three apps at a time.

The battery is quite good as well. The Galaxy Fold lasted a full two days in our battery test, which included a combination of web browsing, video, and gaming at less than half brightness.

Into the nitty gritty: The Fold has 12GB RAM, which is the same as Samsung’s beastly Note 10 Plus, and better than just about any other smartphone on the market (the iPhone XS Max has 4GB). Devices with more RAM can smoothly run more apps at once, so it’s extra-important in a phone for which multitasking is a calling card.

You’re also getting a decent camera setup, combining a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle lens, a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens, and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens. For Samsung die-hards: Yes, that’s the same setup as that of the Galaxy S10, so don’t buy the Fold just for the camera.

For more information about the Galaxy Fold, check out our full review.