Samsung to launch an affordable Galaxy Fold ‘Lite’

When it comes to foldable phones, the operative word ‘affordable’ has a very different connotation than when we refer to normal budget smartphones. While we are expecting Samsung to launch the Galaxy Fold 2 later this year, it also appears that they are planning to launch a more affordable Galaxy Fold Lite version, which will be its cheapest, or rather least expensive, foldable to date.

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It will reportedly include a Snapdragon 865 chipset, the same one all Android flagships are using this year, although it will only launch in 2021. It was supposedly meant to launch alongside the Galaxy Note 20 and Galaxy Fold 2 next month, but has been pushed back.

When it is eventually launched it will cost around $900. While this is significantly less than the Galaxy Fold 2 or the Galaxy Z Flip, it is still almost the price of its flagship devices.

In order to keep the price down, the Galaxy Fold Lite will have a smaller outer display – a strange decision taking the usability of the outer screen on the original into account – and will also not support 5G connectivity. We don’t yet know what other internal specs to expect (other than 256GB of storage on-board), but it will certainly be more modest innards to lower the price significantly over the predecessor.

It has also been reported that the main display won’t be an ultra-thin glass display, as is found on the Z Flip and most likely the Fold 2, so it may be prone to more scratches and dings than would be ideal.

Initial rumours indicated that the Galaxy Fold Lite would be launched later this year, but manufacturing restraints as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could be to blame for the delay to next year.

Seeing as the biggest barrier to entry for most people is the price of foldables, it could prove very popular with people looking to dip their toes in this segment of the market.

Would you buy a Galaxy Fold Lite if it is priced at less than the flagship Galaxy S20? Let us know in the comments below.