23 January 2019
Ever since we first started to hear about Samsung's foldable smartphone years ago to the current time, it has been widely speculated that the phone would cost a lot more than traditional phones. But if recent reports are anything to go by, it is likely to cost way more than you might have ever anticipated. As per the newest Gizmodo UK report, the Samsung Galaxy Flex foldable phone can cost up to £2,000 in the United Kingdom.
The report cites a source they were able to confirm as a Samsung employee while mentioning that the first Samsung foldable smartphone will cost from £1,500 to £2,000. The phone is said to arrive in different variants with cost only going to go higher if a buyer would want to go for more RAM capacity and storage option. While we have started to see more and more phones reaching the £1,000 mark and Apple even breaking it with the launch of the iPhone XS Max, Samsung's pricing is reported to be about twice.
For UK users, Samsung is said to have teamed up with EE as the exclusive partner for the carrier-locked variant of the foldable phone. It mentions that will EE will sell both the carrier and unlocked variants, Samsung's online store will sell only the unlocked variant. It means if you are someone who was planning to get this futuristic smartphone through monthly payments, EE is likely to be your only choice in the UK.
Samsung currently has an upgrade program called Samsung Upgrade Program in the country. It requires a user to pay 10% of the total price as an upfront payment and then pay the remaining amount in monthly installments. There are no words on whether the foldable phone will be included in the program.
This new report's claimed Samsung foldable phone pricing does fall in line with a previous report emerging from South Korea. That report predicted the device pricing to be about 2 million Won (about $1,775) which is similar to the pricing reported for the British market. Samsung is yet to comment anything officially on these pricing rumors but it is safe to assume that one should be expecting to pay a premium for sure.