Also today, Samsung decided to cancel all Galaxy Fold pre-orders in the US. You're not reading that wrong, the company hasn't started pre-orders, it canceled them. We're talking about the pre-orders that used to be available earlier this year, following the Fold's initial announcement, before all the problems came to light.
The company has sent people who had pre-orders an email about the move, in which it explains that it is taking some time to "rethink the entire customer experience - from purchase to unboxing, to post-purchase service", so that its customers will have "the best possible experience with this revolutionary new technology".
So Samsung canceled my pre-order for the Samsung Galaxy Fold...at least they gave me a $250 credit for anything on their store. That is admittantly quite generous.— M. Brandon Lee | THIS IS TECH TODAY (@thisistechtoday) September 5, 2019
I guess I should rejoin the pre-order queue. pic.twitter.com/Nv7OAIMxnN
You can see the email in the tweet embedded above, which comes from YouTuber M. Brandon Lee, who first made this public. Luckily for the people in this situation, Samsung is throwing in a $250 credit for free to be redeemed on any product sold directly through its online store. That includes the Galaxy Fold, so in the end, if you decide to re-pre-order it, you'll get a nice discount for what is definitely one of the most expensive smartphones ever.
The Galaxy Fold hits Korea first on September 6, and then it will land in France, Germany, Singapore, and the UK on September 18. It's headed to the US "in the coming weeks" officially, with a rumored release date over there of September 27.
Childish? LOL. It's always a gamble for early adopters. They want the tech now, why wait? Also, as a niche product, Samsung will learn a lot from this initial offering, usage patterns, what to add or what works, etc.