One of the rumors we had been hearing about the Samsung Galaxy Fold ahead of its launch was that it could be a limited run device where Samsung might only be looking to produce as many as 100,000 units. It turns out that the rumors were true, according to a report from The Verge who cites Kate Beaumont, director of product, services, and commercial strategy at Samsung UK.
According to Beaumont who spoke to the publication, she confirmed that Samsung will have less supply of the Galaxy Fold compared to the Galaxy S10. “We’ll have less supply than we would of the S10 at launch, and also how it goes to market is really important to us.” It is unclear how many units she might be talking about, so for all we know that 100,000 figure could be true, or it could be more or less, but we’ll never know.
It’s not surprising that Samsung is making the Galaxy Fold limited. There are several reasons for this, one of which could be costs where we imagine that due to the components being new, it might not be as easy to mass produce and it could also be expensive to produce. Also given that foldable phones haven’t really been tested yet and we don’t know what the demand is, it makes sense that Samsung could try to keep its initial inventory low to prevent themselves from sitting on thousands of unsold products.
That being said, the Galaxy Fold could prove to be a hard sell. At an asking price of close to $2,000, making it one of the most expensive smartphones in the market today, it’s a tough pill to swallow for brand new untested technology.