Samsung’s Foldable Phone—Twice The Price Of iPhone XS—Sparks Humorous Reactions
By Mikelle Leow, 21 Feb 2019
Video screenshot via Samsung
For years, Android users have been chortling at the premium prices that iPhone “elitists” have to pay. Now, the tables have turned, as Samsung has just released the ‘Galaxy Fold’: the long-awaited foldable phone that the brand has been teasing for years… and it costs US$1,980.
For context, Apple’s flagship iPhone XS starts at US$999—which means that the ‘Galaxy Fold’ hasn’t just rocked the US$1,000 handset market, but it is also nearly double the price of the go-to “premium” smartphone.
The ‘Galaxy Fold’ features an additional display that can be folded open to create a 7.3-inch tablet of sorts that you can use to watch films with. When closed, it measures at 4.6 inches, and fits nicely in your palm like a typical smartphone.
Samsung adds that when a notification pops up on the primary screen, you’ll be able to unfold the device and view it in the second display.
The device also contains two batteries, one in each display, and six whopping cameras.
Further, it’s the first 5G-enabled smartphone to make its way to the market.
Despite these merits, the startling price tag of the ‘Galaxy Fold’ has, of course, spurred a number of jokes from internet users.
“The price made my wallet close,” says Reddit user ‘GrayManTheory’.
Twitter user Damien O’Brien jokes, “Okay, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is utterly gorgeous… but how many of my children do I have to sell to get one?”
The ‘Galaxy Fold’ is the first of many consumer-ready foldable smartphones to come. Xiaomi recently shared a preview of its variation, and Samsung plans to release a bendable handset each year. Apple is also reportedly debuting a foldable iPhone in 2020.
Have a laugh at some reactions that social media users had to the phone’s steep US$1,980 price tag below.
OK so a foldable smartphone that doubles its size to 7.3” is pretty cool. But good heavens, the Samsung “Galaxy Fold” costs $1,980. The audience here literally groaned when price was announced. Ouch. #Unpacked pic.twitter.com/kHoJnDeEfJ— Chiara Sottile (@CASottile) February 20, 2019
$1980 dollar for a #galaxyfold no thanks... watch...now the next iPhone will be $1999— Aaron Zollo (@zollotech) February 20, 2019
“Listen guys I’ve got a crazy idea for a new phone, you can fold it in half..”— Cactus Jack Elam (@MitchJackson3d) February 20, 2019
“Jerry we got rid of flip phones in 2005”
“But Tom, this time you fold it the other way”
Samsung reveals new foldable phone which will cost $1,980 https://t.co/twcoUSOaC9
Apple: I'm the most expensive phone 🙌🏽— Alex Torres (@alxtor) February 20, 2019
Samsung: Fold my beer 🍻 pic.twitter.com/Zs2DdN0kFb
[via BBC, video and cover image via Samsung]
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