Oh Samsung


According to Samsung Electronics President Sohn Young, who participated at the TechCrunch Disrupt event in Berlin yesterday, there are over one million Galaxy Fold smartphones out there in the wild — double the initial sales estimate made in October of 500,000 units. Despite costing nearly $2,000 and requiring extreme care during use, a sizable number of people have embraced the 7.3-inch folding screen device, making Samsung quite happy and getting it closer to realizing its foldable goals for 2020.

Wow, that’s amazing. Astonishing success. I can’t believe Samsung sold more than one million Galaxy Fold, especially since I’ve not seen a single one in the wild. But live and learn.

Oh, wait.

Also Samsung:

Samsung has clarified that it has not, in fact, sold 1 million Galaxy Folds, in a statement given to Korea’s Yonhap News Agency. Samsung declined to comment on the actual number of units sold, only to say it was not over a million.

Samsung would not even state if estimates of 500,000 units were closer to an accurate figure, perhaps suggesting the real number could even be below analyst expectations.

Um. That’s a pretty big oopsie, Samsung. If one were prone to cynicism, on might think this was some sort of ploy.

What do you think the odds are that Jim will be talking about this on this week’s Dalrymple Report?