Earlier this week Samsung released the new and improved Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone in South Korea, with other markets to follow in the coming weeks and months.
A 5G variant of the device was also announced, but it doesn’t look like Australia will be seeing it.
This news was relayed to Gizmodo Australia in hands-on session with the Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone at IFA 2019.
A Samsung spokesperson said that while the Fold will be hitting Australia before Christmas, we won’t be getting the 5G model.
Samsung was the first phone manufacturer to bring a 5G phone to the Aussie market with the S10 5G. It’s also bringing the Note 10 5G to our market.
While it was initially surprising that Samsung wouldn’t continue to support Australian 5G with the Fold, upon further reflection it makes sense.
Aussie pricing for the Fold hasn’t been announced yet, but will most likely be around the $3,000 mark. Considering how expensive that already is (as well as the huge premium that all 5G devices have regardless of brand) it’s unlikely that people would be willing to pay so much for a first generation new form factor phone.
And with all the issues that the Fold has at the beginning of the year, it’s already going to take some trust to drop $3,000 as it is, let alone more for network access that is barely available in Australia right now.
Our guess is that the second generation Fold will be 5G accessible, once the network is a little more stable. More