Galaxy Fold Lite could arrive next year with a US$900 price tag

Samsung Galaxy Fold to get a Lite variant in 2021, not the second half of 2020 as previously rumored
Samsung Galaxy Fold to get a Lite variant in 2021, not the second half of 2020 as previously rumored
With the S10 Lite and Note 10 Lite already in the wild and a watered-down Galaxy S20 expected to launch soon, it would be natural for Samsung to do the same with the high-end Galaxy Fold. However, the previous rumors are apparently off and the Fold Lite will not arrive before 2021, but at least it should have a sub-US$1,000 price tag.
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Leaving aside the market's tendencies, the sweet spot for smartphones remains — in my opinion — in the US$250 to US$500 range. Once you exceed the upper limit, you get to pay more for "premium flagship bragging rights" instead of actual day-by-day features. Obviously, the US$1,980 Galaxy Fold is one of those few special handsets that are currently trying to pave the way for a whole new category of smartphones. According to the latest rumors, a Lite version will show up next year with less than half its price and — most likely — very similar looks.

The report that mentions a Galaxy Fold Lite priced around the US$900 mark comes from South Korea and reveals that the handset was supposed to be unveiled on August 5 of this year, alongside the Galaxy Fold 2, Galaxy Note 20, and the Galaxy Z Flip 5G. Due to unnamed reasons, Samsung has apparently decided to push the launch of this handset way into 2021. 

Unfortunately, many questions remain unanswered at this stage, and the accurate launch date of the Galaxy Fold Lite is the least important of the lot. What most potential users would like to know are the details regarding the sacrifices that Samsung is planning to make in order to drive the price of the Galaxy Fold all the way down to around US$900 for the Lite variant. I cannot even dare to guess, but I think there is another question that needs a reply here — what could bring a Lite variant of the Galaxy Fold to the table to make it worth its price compared to "mainstream" flagships that usually cost (far) less than US$900?

As usual, feel free to drop your thoughts in the comments section below. Would you get a Galaxy Fold for US$1,980? Maybe a Lite version? What do you think about the future of foldable handsets?


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Codrut Nistor, 2020-06-29 (Update: 2020-06-29)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.