Samsung launches new foldable smartphones in 40 countries

New Delhi: Samsung Electronics launched its latest foldable smartphones in some 40 countries on Friday, hoping the new products could boost lackluster global smartphone sales amid high inflation.

The world’s largest smartphone maker said the Galaxy Z Fold 4 and Flip 4, along with the Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Buds 2 Pro, have been officially launched in South Korea, the US and France, among others, and plans to expand products. availability in about 130 countries for September.

Foldable phone pre-orders have been available in about 70 countries since Samsung unveiled them earlier this month during an “Unpacked” online event.

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Samsung has seen strong demand for its fourth generation of foldable devices in India, registering more than 50,000 pre-orders for the Galaxy Fold4 and Galaxy Flip4 in less than 12 hours.

Available in Bora Purple, Graphite and Pink Gold colors, Galaxy Z Flip4 is priced at Rs 89,999 for the 8GB+128GB variant and Rs 94,999 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

The ‘Custom Edition’ offering glass colors and frame options will be available at Samsung Live and Samsung Exclusive Stores for Rs 97,999, the company said in a statement.

Available in Greygreen, Beige, and Phantom Black colors, the Galaxy Z Fold4 is priced at Rs 154,999 for the 12GB + 256GB variant and Rs 164,999 for the 12GB + 512GB variant.

Consumers can also purchase the 12GB+1TB variant exclusively from Samsung Live and Samsung Exclusive Stores for Rs 184,999.

In South Korea, 970,000 pre-orders were placed for the seven days ending August 22, according to the company, the highest figure for any foldable phone and 5.4 percent more than the previous record, the agency reports. Yonhap news.

The clamshell-style Galaxy Z Flip 4, equipped with a slimmer hinge, comes with longer battery life and better camera performance. The much larger Galaxy Z Fold 4, which opens like a book, just got lighter and offers an improved, easy-to-use multitasking screen environment with a PC-like design. It also comes with a longer battery life and better shock protection features.

While Samsung is an early pioneer in the global foldable phone market, the new phones appear to lack groundbreaking innovations and have similar specifications, some experts said.

The latest series of foldable smartphones came at a time when the world’s largest smartphone maker, like many other consumer device companies, is grappling with global economic woes that have left consumers with less money to spend. spend on non-essential goods.

Samsung shipped 60 million smartphones in the second quarter, leading the global smartphone market with a 21 percent market share, according to market research firm Canalys. The tally is 19 percent lower than the previous quarter, but slightly higher than the 58 million a year ago.

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