The foldable future is finally here. Quite literally, as Samsung has just unveiled their foldable phone, the Galaxy Fold.
First teasing its foldable phone back in November, Samsung has finally demonstrated further details of its foldable phone during their ‘Unpacked’ event, which took place yesterday in San Francisco.
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Known as the Galaxy Fold, the device features a 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that has the ability to fold the tablet-screen size in half to make a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ phone-sized display. The tablet folds into a smaller gadget via a sturdy, but hidden, hinge system which locks the Galaxy Fold into place.
Featuring 12GB of RAM, the Fold uses a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and also comes with 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0, which allows the device to read data super-fast. However, there is no option for expandable storage and so the Galaxy Fold doesn’t have a micro SD card slot.
In regards to battery, Samsung’s senior vice president of mobile marketing, Justin Denison, discussed that the phone has two batteries on either side of the fold. The two batteries are separate but are combined within the phone to produce a total of 4,370mAh.
The foldable device packs a powerful six cameras, with a triple-camera system featuring on the rear of the phone, two inside and one on the front. The rear triple-camera system features a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel telephoto camera and a 12-megapixel wide-angle lens. The cameras found on the inside of the device include an 8-megapixel depth camera and a 10-megapixel camera for selfies – which can also be found on the front camera.
Similar to the Samsung Galaxy S10E, the Galaxy Fold has a fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone, instead of using the ultrasonic in-screen scanner seen on the Galaxy S10 and S10 Plus. This is so users of the device can access it regardless of whether it’s folded or open.
It’s important to know that the majority of major apps will be modified to work with the foldable design. Alongside running on Google’s latest software, Android 9 Pie, the Galaxy Fold supports three app multitasking. A system Samsung has designed to allow the seamless transition between the two displays. When the Galaxy Fold is opened, users will be able to use three active apps at the same time through what Samsung calls Multi-Active Window.
Another major feature is that the device can be charged wirelessly and also supports Wireless PowerShare – providing the capability to charge another Qi-enabled device wirelessly by using the Fold as a charging mat.
Price and release date:
The Galaxy Fold has a release date of April 26th for the US and May 3rd for Europe. As you can probably well imagine, it comes with a hefty price tag. The device is priced at an astounding $1,980, which puts the phone between the range of £1,500-£1,700 in the UK. This makes the Fold more expensive than practically all other mainstream smartphones currently available in today’s market!
Samsung state that the device will available in four different colours; Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Astro Blue and Martian Green.
To begin with is unlikely that foldable phones will sell in great quantities, however, they definitely could lead us to the future of smartphones with many brands now experimenting with foldable designs.
We love the concept of a foldable phone and the specifications featured within the Galaxy Fold. But for a costly price tag of $1,980, is this gadget worth it? Let us know what you think in the comments below.