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Samsung's Galaxy Fold hits US market on Friday

Foldable smartphone to finally go on sale months later than planned

NEW YORK -- Samsung Electronics will bring its first foldable smartphone to American consumers this Friday after months of delays.

The Galaxy Fold is a 7.3-inch tablet that can fold into a 4.6-inch smartphone to fit in a pocket. Priced around $2,000, it launched in South Korea earlier this month. Samsung announced the U.S. launch date Monday.

The company originally planned to launch the foldable phone this past spring, only to be held up by durability issues. Samsung announced multiple fixes in July, including strengthening the hinge area and adding additional metal layers beneath the bendable display.

The device will beat Samsung's biggest rival, Huawei Technologies, to the punch in the American consumer market. Huawei delayed the Mate X's release after early Galaxy Folds broke and the U.S. announced restrictions on exports to the Chinese company, possibly giving Samsung an edge in foldables.

The Galaxy Fold will be available at AT&T stores, select Best Buy locations and Samsung stores. Those who buy it from AT&T will also be able to experience so-called 5G Evolution network technologies, "the first step on AT&T's path to 5G," according to the company.

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