Berlin (AP) - Samsung uses the technology fair IFA as a stage for a 5G offensive. The company announced in Berlin on Thursday in a second attempt on the early market launch of its first unfoldable smartphone.
The Galaxy Fold 5G will come on 18 September in Germany in the trade, said the smartphone market leader. At the same time, however, the company is also launching a first mid-range device with fast data transmission. The Galaxy A90 5G is based on «Digital Natives», it said. Especially with the A90, Samsung wants to make 5G technology "widely available", said Olaf May, mobile CEO of Samsung Germany.
Actually, the new 5G mobile standard was initially advertised primarily for industrial applications such as the networking of equipment. The tough auction to auction the frequencies only came to an end a few weeks ago. But leading electronics manufacturers are already addressing private users to move the technology forward - to the delight of telecom companies.
Vodafone announced on Thursday immediately to distribute all four 5G phones from Samsung. The company now offers a 5G option free of charge in some fares. The Telekom also announced at the IFA the launch of their 5G network. First, the fast radio in Berlin, Munich, Cologne, Bonn and Darmstadt will be available.
With foldable smartphones, the leading manufacturers want to launch a new generation. Samsung and the Chinese manufacturer Huawei had launched a race who can bring such a smartphone on the market first - but the launch of the devices was delayed because of technical problems. Samsung stopped the launch just days before the end of April, after several US journalists reported broken test equipment after just a few days. In the meantime, among other things, the folding joint has been strengthened.
"We've mastered great technical challenges to develop the Galaxy Fold 5G," said Samsung mobile boss DJ Koh. "Now we are happy to bring the premium smartphone to the market." In Germany, the smartphone, whose display can be opened to the size of a small tablet, will be available together with headphones and a cover. With a price of 2100 euros, the Galaxy Fold 5G is likely to initially target a small group of consumers.
At the IFA, Huawei is also likely to have its foldable Mate X model, with a market launch recently announced for fall. The Chinese manufacturer is already experiencing serious problems with US sanctions anyway. The result is that the company is no longer allowed to use Google's operating system Android for its new smartphones.