Will Optus get the Samsung Fold when it's released in Australia and will the Samsung ear buds be included in preorder. Reason I ask is I like the Samsung fold but of Optus isn't going to have it available for contract I'll get a S10+
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As no Australian release date is set you can only go by other countries where it has got a release date.
April 26 in the US and May 3 in Europe.
Going to be very expensive
Prices that areknown: $1,980 US dollars / €2,000 for the base model.
Id say $2800- 3200 - you would be looking at minimum of $150+ a month due to that.
Wow. Those are some big numbers @Paddylee
Personally I'd go the S10+. Price aside (if you can do that) you're looking at paying $1000's for a phone that has a sole extra feature of being foldable. Cool sure, but there's got to be something better people could spend that sort of (literally) disposable income on? Also its bleeding edge technology. Leaving aside how well the hardware holds up in real life, its going to take a few generations for the on screen dynamics (software) to settle into something that really starts using it.
As for $150 a month plan, based on those handset prices I can't see that. $150 buys you a $2000 phone plan but a $3000 one?
2800/24 ~ 117, add on a base plan of $35 and your around $150 a month for a very expensive device with minimal data etc.
Thats just crazy, just for a device that "folds"
On top of the price there will be 2 or 3 foldable phones from other brands coming out in the next few months and I'd see what they had to offer.
To me the only way I would think of a folding phone was if I had a long commute on public transport each day and wanted entertainment to make the journey bearable. Still cheaper an iPad but you would be carrying 2 devices.
The problem I see with foldables is the form factor. They all fold out to become essentially square. So most existing exntertainment offerings are not going to fit very well. What you probably want is a square shape when folded up that goes 16:9 when unfolded. Its just not going to fit in the pocket very well is all.
I've already got one @petergdownload @@with a 16.9 ratio, unfolds with only the tiniest of creases, costs only $3.20, the Sydney Morning Herald
Not sure if the ratio really matters as 50% of tablets aren't 16.9 because Apple won't change.
I was on public transport today, both trains and buses, and had a nose what devices people were using and doing what. All had phones, with the occasional laptop, andI would estimate 50% were listening to music and the rest either texting or on Facebook. What difference would a folding phone make for these activities and if you were at home you would use your tablet or PC.i can't really see folding phones take off after the initial novelty.
Ready to be proved wrong again.
For those interested, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is now available.
Head to your local Optus store for more info.