Samsung is the main force behind foldable phones right now, but even with the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, it has yet to make them particularly affordable. That may change soon, as rumor has it that the company is working on a Samsung Galaxy Fold Lite or Galaxy Fold e that would further lower the price.
According to Max Weinbach (a circuit breaker with a good balance sheet), the company would work on a Samsung Galaxy Fold e which would cost $ 1,100 (around £ 890 / AU $ 1,690).
For comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip costs $ 1,380 / £ 1,300 (around AU $ 2,050) and the original Samsung Galaxy Fold launched for $ 1,980 / £ 1,900 / AU $ 2,900. So while it's still not a really affordable phone, the Fold e would certainly be inexpensive compared to most other foldable devices.
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And it could be even cheaper because Mauri QHD (a tech specialist who doesn't have much experience yet) responded to Weinbach by saying that they had heard that it would be launched as the Fold Lite and would cost only $ 900 (about £ 730 / AU $ 1,380), which makes it even cheaper than the standard for flagship products like the Samsung Galaxy S20.
They added that it apparently had either a small secondary screen or none, and although we certainly take allegations from that source with a pinch of salt, Weinbach agrees on the front of the screen, saying in a another tweet that it looks like the original Fold, but without a front screen and fewer cameras.
Weinbach also added that Samsung apparently had three new folds in the works, including two with plastic screens and a more expensive UTG (Ultra-Thin Glass). Beyond the Fold e (which presumably uses plastic), we would assume that the UTG is the Samsung Galaxy Fold 2.
It's unclear what the third model would be – maybe it could be the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 2 – but we expected it to use UTG as well, and Weinbach specifically said “ fold ” rather than “ foldable ”, which suggests that all three phones are part of the Galaxy Fold range.
Anyway, it looks like Samsung has a lot of foldables in the works and could push the low price to around or below the level of typical flagship products. We may only be a few years from a foldable who will find his way on our list of the best cheap phones.