The understanding so far was that the second foldable smartphone from Samsung, the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip, will be announced as part of the Galaxy Unpacked event on February 11 at San Francisco. It now turns out that the foldable phone will be released only on February 14. There were even rumors that the Galaxy Z Flip might be launched ahead of the Galaxy S series flagships. That has been put to rest with this latest information. More significantly, it has also been confirmed that the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip will be sold for $1,400.
It will be AT&T Exclusive in the US
There is another information leak that Samsung will be releasing the second foldable device in the United States only through AT&T. The rumor says the rest of the carriers may also get to sell the device a few months later. This could only be a launch time exclusive arrangement with AT&T. The report also suggests the South Korean company will be selling the phone in the unlocked condition as well.
Just head from a new source:
Samsung's Galaxy Z Flip will likely launch on February 14th. It retails at $1400. It's possible it is an AT&T exclusive again, but this time it might be a timed exclusive. It will also be available unlocked.
— Max Weinbach (@MaxWinebach) January 27, 2020
On the pricing front, there were earlier rumors of Samsung selling the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip at prices below $1,000 which would have been around half of the first foldable phone. Now, the latest report says the price will be $1,400. That would still be much lower than the $1980 at which the Samsung Galaxy Fold sells. With this reduction in the price, will the company be able to sell more foldable phones this year? That is a question for which only the market can provide the answers. The fact that this new device will sport a clamshell flip-open design may become a huge attraction for the buyers.
Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra for $1,300
The same report has this additional information that the top-end model Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra to be launched on February 11 will be priced at $1,300 in the US market. This is another aspect to be watched with interest as this device will be available at $100 less than the foldable device but will sport some superior specifications and features. Samsung may argue that the targeted customer base for both the phones will be different and one may not cut into the sales of the other. In terms of the physical availability of the models in the market, the Galaxy S series flagships will be out from the first Friday of March 2020, which is March 6.