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Samsung’s current foldable phones (Image credit: Future)

While we wait patiently for the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 and the Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 6 to arrive, there have been rumors that a more affordable Samsung foldable will be launching in 2024 – and we’ve just got a big hint about how much it’s going to cost.

According to South Korean outlet Sisa Journal (via seasoned tipster @Tech_Reve), Samsung is aiming for a price point of under $800 (that’s roughly £630 / AU$1,220) for the Galaxy Z Fold 6 SE, or whatever it ends up being called.

Head to our Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 5 review and Samsung Galaxy Z Flip 5 review pages, and you’ll see that those folding phones – launched in July, 2023 – start at $1,799.99 / £1,749 / AU$2,599 and $999.99 / £1,049 / AU$1,649 respectively.

That’s potentially a big discount then, especially over the Z Fold 5. We’re assuming the report is talking about a book-style foldable rather than a flip foldable, though Sisa Journal isn’t specific about the form factor.

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As per this latest report, Samsung is going to be cutting costs with the processor, display, and battery in the more affordable folding phone. The camera module, however, will apparently be on a par with the top-end foldables that Samsung makes.

Just days ago there was another report about this cheaper foldable, which claimed that S Pen support would be dropped as a way to further reduce the cost of the handset. That matches up with previous leaks too.

Thickening the plot even further are separate rumors of a Samsung Galaxy Z Fold 6 Ultra, a super-premium version of the Galaxy Z Fold 6. It’s possible that this will come with better camera specs, though it’s not clear at this stage how it might differentiate itself.

Previous rumors put the price of this cheaper foldable at $400-$500, though perhaps that was an early goal that Samsung’s now abandoned. Whatever is on the way, if Samsung follows last year’s schedule and the leaks are to be believed, it’ll launch in July.

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Dave is a freelance tech journalist who has been writing about gadgets, apps and the web for more than two decades. Based out of Stockport, England, on TechRadar you’ll find him covering news, features and reviews, particularly for phones, tablets and wearables. Working to ensure our breaking news coverage is the best in the business over weekends, David also has bylines at Gizmodo, T3, PopSci and a few other places besides, as well as being many years editing the likes of PC Explorer and The Hardware Handbook.

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