After a somewhat bumpy start with design flaws, followed by a recall of review units, Samsung’s Galaxy Fold relaunched in September 2019 having undergone a re-design and we’ve not heard a bad word about it since, other than the hefty price tag of course. February 2020 saw Samsung launch the foldable clamshell Galaxy Z Flip, and while we expect the Galaxy Fold 2 to be announced sometime around August it seems that the Korean company is working on the Galaxy Fold Lite that will launch in July at an affordable price.
According to supply chain analyst, Ross Young, this more affordable foldable could be known as the Galaxy Fold Special Edition, although it may also be known as the Galaxy Fold Lite. While the original Galaxy Fold sports an eye-watering $1,980 price tag, the ‘Special Edition’ will reportedly cost around $1,100, making it much more palatable.
In terms of specifications, it is said that it will be both better and lesser than the original Galaxy Fold such as just 256GB storage, Snapdragon 865 processor, 4G/LTE network, a smaller external display and the omission of Ultra-Thin Glass (UTG) on the internal screen. This is an interesting mix of components, with the only bad news being that it’s reportedly going to be a limited production run or around 55,000 units to clear Samsung’s inventory of Fold parts, going on sale worldwide in limited quantities for ~$1,100.
If the rumor is accurate, are you prepared to drop $1,100 on the Galaxy Fold Special Edition/Lite? Let us know in the comments below.
Source: Ross Young (Twitter)