Back in November Samsung tested there first foldable phone, In Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Company showcased there upcoming foldable plans. Samsung released there very first foldable device (Mobile) with the name Samsung Galaxy Fold and the company is revealing more about what this unique smartphone can do.
Samsung will launch its Galaxy Fold on April 26th, starting at $1,980, through AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, with a free pair of Samsung’s new wireless earbuds. There will be both an LTE and 5G version of the Galaxy Fold, and Samsung is even planning on launching the device in Europe on May 3rd, starting at 2,000 euros.
Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that allows the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it’s folded, a smaller 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM. Samsung has even built two batteries for its Galaxy Fold, that are separated by the fold but combined in the Android operating system to represent a total of 4,380 mAh.
With a hinge system that has multiple interlocking gears, Samsung has built a really sturdy structure to this device. Although these gears and hinges are hidden at the rear of the device and allow Samsung Galaxy Fold to transform from a phone to a tablet and vice versa. According to Samsung, this system is able to fold and unfold the device at least 200,000, which work out to over 5 years if you fold it 100 times a day. At the rear side of this device, you will get a triple-camera setup that will be used for both tablet and phone modes. This triple-camera system consists of a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle and a telephoto camera. For the selfie Samsung includes a 10 megapixel cover camera.
You can also access multiple apps at a time, as Samsung is allowing the Samsung Galaxy Fold to run three apps at once. It is using the app continuity system to adjust three apps when you move between tablet and phone modes. Apps like WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, and YouTube have all been optimized for the new display and modes, and Samsung has been working with Google to ensure Android 9 Pie fully supports this display.
Samsung’s Galaxy Unpacked event, Samsung demonstrated a variety of apps running in this mode, and the switching from phone to tablet and vice versa. Right now in the software, it looks really smooth.
Display of this device is clearly designed to be used with one hand but it also has large bezels which are not in tablet mode.
Not only Samsung, but Other smartphone makers also creating foldable devices but it’s certainly one of the first to make it widely available. Recently Xiaomi tested their first foldable devices and that really looks good concept we have seen so far.
Huawei is also reportedly planning to release a foldable handset this year, and Lenovo has started to tease its own prototype. LG has also been developing flexible OLED displays and TVs that roll up into a box. If all these manufacturers progress toward shipping a device like Samsung, then expect to see a lot of foldable phones in 2019 and beyond.