06 March 2019
After years of rumors and months of teasing, Samsung's much-awaited foldable smartphone is finally official as the Galaxy Fold. It is the first device to get unveiled at this year's Galaxy Unpacked which is currently going on in San Francisco. As expected, the smartphone packs a lot of innovative features and costs a premium.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold sports a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display when in the folded state and looks like a traditional smartphone. But when unfolded, it transforms into a big 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED display tablet. It is the same Infinity Flex display panel which Samsung showcased at last year's SDC event. The team is using a hinge to connect the two displays together but it looks quite flat and like a single display which is one of the things that makes it an interesting device. In fact, Samsung claims that the hinge is not even visible from the outside.
One of the most interesting software features of the Galaxy Fold is support for three apps multitasking. It means the device will allow you to work on three apps at the same time when in unfolded form. It can be helpful in various situations and should provide enhanced productivity value and efficiency.
App continuity is something Samsung talked about specifically. It basically allows users to start working on an app in the folded state of the phone and automatically continue from the same point when they unfold the phone. It can be helpful in situations like Google Maps navigations, reading an article, or anything where one might feel the need of having a bigger display.
The Galaxy Fold comes with 7nm 64-bit octa-core processor coupled with 12GB of RAM. It features 512GB UFS 3.0 internal storage which should help deliver faster read and write speeds. The whole package is powered by a 4,380mAh typical battery capacity with fast charging and wireless charging. It will be running Android 9 Pie out of the box.
There are a total of six cameras where three are on the outside, two on the side, and one more on the front:
- Triple rear cameras: 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera with f/2.2 aperture, 12-megapixel wide-angle camera with f/1.5 and f/2.4 aperture, and 12-megapixel telephoto camera with f/2.4 aperture
- Dual front camera: 10-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture and 8-megapixel RGB depth camera with f/1.9 aperture
- Cover camera: 10-megapixel selfie camera with f/2.2 aperture
There is a fingerprint scanner which sits on the side of the phone. Samsung says all users will get free YouTube Premium but did not clarify if it is for a limited period of time or lifetime.
Samsung says that the Galaxy Fold will be made available in both 4G LTE and 5G variants. It will go on sale starting April 26th, 2019 and will come with free Galaxy Buds wireless earphones. It will be starting at $1,980 for the base model but exact pricing will vary from region to region. If you think it is quite expensive then that's probably because Samsung is referring to Fold as a "one-of-a-kind luxury device" which is appearing hard to argue with for now. And yes, there are four color options called Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, and Astro Blue with an option to personalize the color of the hinge.