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Galaxy Fold presale: You can still register to preorder Samsung's foldable phone on April 15 – CNET

Samsung's first phone with a foldable screen, the Galaxy Fold, is nearly here. If you're patiently waiting to buy it, you're in luck. A private preorder begins Monday, April 15, by a reservation system is in place to even be allowed to buy the phone. Better be quick about it, too: Samsung has already warned buyers that supplies will be limited. The Fold officially goes on sale April 26 at select stores. Scroll down for more details.

The Galaxy Fold is a hybrid phone/tablet device that has two screens, a smaller display on the front that looks like a typical smartphone, and another screen on the inside of the phone that's folded in half and opens up to a 7.3-inch display. It's a crazy idea that's going to see competition from device makers like Huawei and Motorola.

How can you buy the Galaxy Fold?

Starting April 12, you can place a reservation for the Galaxy Fold if you register to receive more information from Samsung. Samsung tells us that a "private preorder will begin on Monday, April 15."

Registering for more information doesn't oblige you to buy the Galaxy Fold, a Samsung representative told CNET in an email: "If someone signs up tomorrow to reserve their spot in the private preorder that starts on April 15, they are not committed to purchasing on Monday. It's their choice."

The registration page.

Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET

Didn't register? It's not too late. Visit the Galaxy Fold website and click on Sign Up in the top-right corner, then enter your information. You should then receive an email on April 12 with more information about reserving the upcoming device. (In Australia, click "pre-register now" on this page. The UK site does not yet have a Fold page.)

The Fold will be on display and available to buy in the US starting April 26 in select AT&T, T-Mobile, Best Buy and Samsung Experience Stores. Samsung warns supplies will be limited, so it's a good idea to reserve a Fold instead of trying to get one on launch day.

To give you an idea of the demand for the Fold, CNET was already about 800 people deep in the registration system at 11:15 p.m. PT on Aug. 11.

Galaxy Fold presale: You can still register to preorder Samsung's foldable phone on April 15     - CNET

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Will there be any bundled deals?

T-Mobile announced that it will give Galaxy Fold buyers a pair of wireless Galaxy Buds earbuds and a carbon fiber case for free.

Sales begin online April 25 at 9 p.m. PT and in select T-Mobile stores April 26, and you'll have your choice of one color, Space Silver. T-Mobile suggests you check store availability before you hop in the car.

How much will it cost?

It's not cheap. The Galaxy Fold will cost $1,980 for 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. There will be an LTE model and a 5G variant, with the latter presumably costing more than the base model.

What about colors?

Globally, the Galaxy Fold will come in Cosmo Black, Space Silver, Astro Blue and Martian Green. And depending on the color you purchase, you can customize the color of the hinge. Some carriers and stores may limit their color options.

Originally published Feb. 20 at 11:37 a.m. PT and regularly updated.

Article originally published Feb. 20, 2019 and updated periodically.

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