Turns out Samsung did not sell 1 million Galaxy Fold phones

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Last we reported that Samsung had sold 1 million units of its Galaxy Fold devices. The milestone was quite impressive given the foldable phone had only hit the market a couple of months prior and suffered several setbacks since debuting at MWC 19 earlier in the year.

As it turns out those numbers were greatly exaggerated, with Samsung co-CEO DJ Koh stating that the figure is actually between 400 000 to 500 000 units during CES 2020 earlier this week.

Consequently the figure that Samsung exec Young Sohn gave put last year was quite far off from the precise number and naturally dulls the shine surrounding the Galaxy Fold. That said 400 000 to 500 000 unit sales for such an expensive device in a relatively short amount of time is still impressive.

Whether or not Koh’s number is more accurate is unclear, but given that he is the head of the South Korean firm’s entire mobile division we’re pretty sure he has a firmer grip on the sales figures. Add to that the fact that he’s wanting to provide clarity on the situation, there is no reason for him to get the number wrong this time around.

Either way it’s the latest misstep in a number of faults that the Galaxy Fold has suffered in 2019. This was to be expected in many respects, given the nature of the device and the new territory it ventured into for Samsung.

With the company rumoured to have a new iteration of Galaxy Fold on the way for a Galaxy Unpacked event in mid-February, here’s hoping that the unveiling and release to market for the Galaxy Fold 2 (unofficial name for now) goes a lot smoother.

Robin-Leigh Chetty

Robin-Leigh Chetty

When he's not reviewing the latest smartphones, Robin-Leigh is writing about everything tech-related from IoT and smart cities, to 5G and cloud computing. He's also a keen photographer and dabbles in console games.