Interesting news on the Samsung Galaxy Flex today: a tipster tells us that the folding phone is looking very much like it'll only be available at the Samsung online store and EE.
Assuming the deal goes ahead as planned, EE will offer the Galaxy Flex both on contract and SIM-free, while the Samsung store will only be offering it SIM-free. So if you want to pay monthly for your foldy superphone, you're going to need to go with EE, basically. And you probably will want to pay monthly rather than all at once, because it's gonna cost you.
The same person, who Gizmodo UK has verified works for Samsung, told us that the phone will as predicted be mega-expensive: between £1,500 and £2,000. Shocking as that may be, this info roughly matches up with what we've heard before.
The Flex will apparently be available in multiple versions, and highest-end one will be around the £2k mark. We've only just seen phones break the £1,000 barrier, and now they're about to double it. What a time to be alive.
Samsung does offer a contract system for its SIM-free phones, the Samsung Upgrade Programme, whereby you pay 10% of the cost upfront, then the rest spread equally over the next two years. You then get to upgrade to the newest phone every 12 months. We don't know if Samsung will include the Galaxy Flex in that programme, especially as it's so much more expensive than their other phones, but if so it'll provide another avenue for those who want to split the cost without signing up to EE.
Samsung gave the following statement:
"The foldable device will launch by the first half of 2019 in select markets. We are currently ready for its mass production and expecting at least 1 million units to be produced."
A million x £1,500 = £1,500,000,000, or one and a half billion, even assuming all the phones are at the lower price point. Which should keep Samsung in branded keychains for a very long time. In all seriousness though, what a phenomenal comeback that would be from the Note 7 debacle in just three years.
We've contacted EE for comment, and will update when we receive a response.
What do you think of the latest revelation? Happy it's going to be on EE or vexed there won't be more choice? Let us know your opinions on the news (and that price point...) in the comments.