German football forward Mario Gotze checks the Galaxy Fold of Samsung Electronics. Courtesy of Samsung Electronics

Footballer Gotze, DJ Aoki included in the list

With the commercial launch of Samsung Electronics’ first bendable phone a few days remaining, the high-tech giant presented the much-yearned devices called the Galaxy Fold to celebrities across the world.

The Seoul-based company said on April 16 that included in the recipients’ list are German football player Mario Gotze, Grammy-nominated DJ Steve Aoki, actress Millie Bobby Brown, professional gamer Ninja, and Parisian designer Jeanne Damas.

Aoki, who is also a popular record producer, said that he could not believe that the gadget is a phone.

“I’ve never seen anything like this phone,” he said. “This is so insane.”

He also said, “This is the future, I guess.”

Gotze, who is an attacking midfielder for Borussia Dortmund, said, “Also the three apps on the front screen. I could do it all day.”

Samsung said that the event is planned to promote the Galaxy Fold that will hit shelves later this month.

“We’re just days away from the launch of the device that consumers worldwide have been waiting for the Galaxy Fold. And what better way to welcome this one-of-a-kind device than with a one-of-a-kind unboxing experience?” a Samsung official said.

“Recently, a select group of Galaxy fans from around the world received a very special delivery from Samsung Electronics. Each has been invited to take part in the company’s exclusive The First Fold event, which offered the opportunity to be one of the first individuals to get hands-on with the Galaxy Fold.”

Samsung said that the foldable smartphone sold out its U.S. preorders in just a day on April 12 despite the model’s high price tag of almost $2,000.

The company is upbeat about the news as it has struggled to break through the stagnant smartphone market _ it desperately tries to keep its No. 1 position in the global smartphone market in the face of challenges from China’s Huawei.


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