The Samsung Galaxy Fold was first shown in a much-disguised way at the Samsung Developer Conference on 7 November 2018 in San Francisco, California. It was the start of the show on Wednesday, 20 February at “Galaxy Unpacked Live.” The handset is all set to be landed in April 2019.
Until Unpacked, Galaxy Fold was widely assumed to be known as Samsung Galaxy X, but it was confirmed at the February event that it’ll be named as Samsung Galaxy Fold.
Justin Denison, S.V.P. Mobile Product Marketing, delivered a Galaxy X prototype from his pocket for rapturous applause from the crowd at the Developer Conference back in November 2018. Although at the time of the flexible display, the phone itself didn’t have an official name. Infinity Flex Display was named by Samsung, though.
Not only is the Galaxy Fold technology used – Mobile head DJ Koh says the Infinity Flex Display will be used on a wide range of devices, including more foldable tablets and laptops.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Release Date
When Samsung announced Fold at Unpacked on February 20, it cleared up all rumors of Price and Samsung Galaxy Fold Release Date. The smartphone would be available on 26 April in the United States and on 3 May in Europe. The official availability in Asia and Australia is yet to be announced.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Price
The Samsung Galaxy Fold Price will start in the United States at $1,980 and costs €2,000 in Europe. No UK Price has been confirmed, but after getting help from Google’s Quick Currency conversion, it comes to around £1,520.
Only AT&T and T-Mobile committed themselves to sell Galaxy Fold in the US. Therefore, it would not be possible for the Sprint and Verizon to offer that beast.
Samsung targets the early adopters of the Galaxy Fold that are willing to pay for the versatility of devices that can double as their phones and tablets. A traveling executive might use the device in place of an iPad or highly portable laptop thanks to its multitasking capabilities.
At only 4.6 inches, the main display on the Galaxy Fold is quite small. The screen is also pretty thick with a black edge. In the released Samsung video, the targeting of minor icons, such as those between the main camera, the telephoto lens, and the ultra-wide lens, could seem quite difficult.
When unfolded, the display of the Galaxy Fold is 7.3″ – wider than any Samsung phone lineup. The Galaxy S10 Plus has, for instance, a 6.4-inch display, and the next Galaxy S10 5G has a 6.7-inch screen. That’s the reason why Samsung names Galaxy Fold both a tablet and a phone. The 7.3-inch screen is ideal for playing 3D games and watching movies.
What Is App Stability?
Samsung has two key Galaxy Fold features. The “App Continuity” which allows you to use an application in your phone app and to instantly enjoy the app on your larger screen. If you use Google Maps, for example, you can expose the Galaxy Fold to the address you were just looking for. Or if you see a photo you really want, you can scroll through Instagram to unfold its design.
Running Three Apps Simultaneously
Multi-Active Window is the other key feature to the Galaxy Fold. It lets you run three apps on the screen simultaneously. For example, when you are looking for restaurant recommendations in Yelp, you can text on one window and make a reservation with the phone app. Or, while checking in another email and scrolling over Facebook in a third window, you can see YouTube on one window.
How Does It Fold & Unfold?
Just like a book or diary, you open the clamshell design. Having combined two halves, the hinge disappears behind the display. This design approach is different from the Huawei Mate X’s outward Falcon Wing folding design, in the closed mode both front and back are exposed and unfold. Samsung says that they developed an advanced hinge that is housed in a hidden envelope with several fastening gears.
Different Color Options
The Galaxy Fold is available in four colors, such as Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, and Astro Blue. However, in all regions, the blue color may not be provided.
Samsung packs six cameras for the Galaxy Fold. It begins with a threefold camera configuration on the back similar to the Galaxy S10 Plus. There are a 12MP wide-angle camera, a 12MP 2X optical zoom telephoto camera and a 16MP ultra-wide camera which is good for capturing panorama photographs and landscapes.
When closed, a 10MP selfie camera is provided on the front camera on the Galaxy Fold. And, when unfolded, both the 10MP selfie and 8MP RGG depth camera are on the right front of the Fold. It is handy to take pictures with Bokeh effects.
Storage, RAM, and Chipset
The Galaxy Fold is powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 and a gigantic 12GB RAM processor. You’ll also have 512GB built-in memory, which is much less than the 1TB available in Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus. Also, note that Galaxy Fold has no MicroSD expansion card slot.
What About 5G?
Samsung says Galaxy Fold is supported in both versions of 4G and 5G, but there is no word for the 5G Galaxy Fold release date and how much more can that cost.
There are two batteries in the Galaxy Fold to deliver a sturdy 4,380mAh. This is more than what you will find on the 4,100mAh Galaxy S10 Plus. According to some online sources, S10 Plus last12 hours and 35 minutes during their test. It’s however, equipped with a smaller 6.4 inches screen. How the Galaxy Fold measures up, it’s yet to be seen.
Wireless PowerShare is being offered by Samsung Galaxy Fold. It allows you to charge other devices, such as Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Buds, by placing them behind Galaxy Fold.
Samsung Galaxy Fold Specs
|Display||Size||7.3" Screen, 154.5 cm2 - Cover Display: 4.6 inches HD+|
|Type||OLED Capacitive Touchscreen 16M Colors|
|Resolution||1536 x 2152 Pixels (~414 ppi density)|
|Platform||OS||Android Pie 9.0|
|Chipset/Brain||Qualcomm Snapdragon 855|
|CPU||Octa-core (1x2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3x2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4x1.8 GHz Kryo 485)|
|Camera||Rear||12MP + 12MP + 16MP|
|Front||10MP + 8MP|
|Features||Continuous Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Network||Technology||GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE|
|Announced||Feb 2019 - Release April 2019|
|COMMS||WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Dual-band, Hotspot|
|Bluetooth||5.0, A2DP, LE|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS|
|USB||micro USB 3.1|
|Features||Sensors||Fingerprint (side-mounted), Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass|
|Features||Fast Battery Charging 18W|
|Colors||Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue|
Due to the high price, Samsung Galaxy Fold is certainly a niche device. But an audience of early adopters could very-well find out who wants to be the first to have a foldable phone. However, there will also be competition from Huawei’s Mate X, with an even larger screen. Not only Huawei but also foldable Oppo, TCL, and other phones.