After nearly a decade in the making and years of teasing and announcements, we’ve finally got the chance to see the first Samsung’s foldable smartphone during Galaxy Unpacked 2019 event, in which the company presented, among other things, Galaxy S10 smartphone models. Samsung foldable now has a name too, Samsung Galaxy Fold, and Company also revealed a lot of features for this unique device.
Samsung Galaxy Fold is using a new technology called Infinity Flex Display, which allows the phone itself to have a tablet size screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. When spread out, the screen is 7.3 inches wide in QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it’s folded there’s a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display used for the phone mode. That doesn’t seem much, but bear in mind it is the new technology.
The fold itself is done by usage of Infinity Flex display and the advanced hinge system. Under the hood, there’s a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM, along with 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds. There are even two batteries that are separated by the fold but combined in the Android operating system giving a total of 4,380 mAh.
Samsung Galaxy fold can run three apps at once and it’s using an app continuity system to move between these apps when you switch between tablet and phone mode. Many apps were optimized for this new display and modes, like WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, and YouTube. Samsung has been even working with Google to ensure the full support of Android 9 Pie for this kind of display.
However, the most spectacular aspect of the Samsung Fold is its price. Samsung is planning to launch this phone on April 26th and the lowest price will be $1.980. There will be both an LTE and 5G version of this phone, and Samsung is planning to release it in Europe too on May 3rd, with a starting price of €2,000.
If you desperately need the validation of your rich friends, and also hate the concept of financial credibility (or having any money at all), this might be an ideal device for you to buy.