Samsung launches Galaxy Fold smartphone
If you Fold a Galaxy, does it create a wormhole?
Phones have been pretty dull design wise for a while now - slim, black slabs with slowly increasing screens and decreasing bezels, fingerprint sensors moving from front to back and more and more cameras. The notch gave us something to obsess over for a while and RED's Hydrogen One tried something different with its 3D approach but that’s been about it. Until now.Has Samsung solved the conundrum of giving consumers more screen space, without out making the device too large to comfortably handle?
Their answer is the Galaxy Fold, which is the first smartphone able to fold out into a tablet. When closed, the cover display is a rather old fashioned 4.6 inches with the phone itself taking on a narrow body ratio but open, it spreads to 7.3 inches with the screen taking on a more tablet-like aspect ratio of 4.2:3. The internal screen is dubbed the Infinity Flex Display and is a Dynamic AMOLED screen.
There are six cameras spread around the device - three on the back, one on the front and two inside. The main rear cameras include a 16MP ultra wide F2.2 camera and a 12MP 2x optical zoom camera. The front facing selfie shooter is 10MP and that is replicated on the inside when the device is open. Also available when the device is open is an 8MP RGB depth camera.
Internally, everything runs on a Qualcomm 7nm processor and there’s 12GB of RAM and 512GB of internal storage, but no microSD card slot, unfortunately.
To create a balanced feel, the battery is actually two batteries - one in each side of the open device (or, if you like, front and back when closed) and the combined power capacity is 4,380mAh. No word on actually how long this will last given the new design and the power draw of the larger screen. Wireless charging and fast charging are supported and the Fold can act as a charger to other devices via Wireless Powershare. The device will ship with Android 9.0 (Pie).
App Continuity ensures that your work is available immediately on the larger screen when opening the Galaxy Fold. Close it again and the cover screen will now have your apps available from where you left off. Multi-tasking of up to 3 apps is available on the main screen.
The hinge mechanism is designed to tolerate hundreds of thousands of repeated operations and houses specially engineered multiple interlocking gears.
Audio features stereo speakers, useful if you‘ll be using the main screen for games and movies.
Available from April 26th 2019, there will be two versions of the phone, 4G LTE and 5G. At $1,980 for the 4G LTE version, it sits very clearly at the luxury end of the spectrum and will be available in Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue.
With modern phones doubling as computers, the larger screen of the device when open makes a lot of sense and since no-one wants to carry a tablet (even an iPad Mini) around with them, the ability to fold the device to the size of a phone that most consumers would be happy to have in their pocket could really catch fire. Of course, at that price, the fire could just be you burning money!
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