Concepts of folding devices have been around since last year and in 2019 is when expectations of such devices rose. Normal smartphone development has arguably reached it’s peak, and this evident by the fact that we have thousands of devices on the market and many that simply look similar. There was need for something new. This could be it.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold is Samsung’s new take on a folding device. It’s not really a phone much as it can act as a phone, and when unfolded, it works like a tablet. The perfect blend between a phone and a tablet. In the past few months we’ve seen companies showcase their concepts for example the recent one from Xiaomi, which, if you ask me, I eagerly waited for more than the Galaxy Fold. Other companies like Huawei have promised to launch similar devices. Earlier as well, we saw a whole new company called Royale try it best to release a commercial folding device the Royale FlexPai seen by many as more of a concept than a finished product.
By the looks of it, the Galaxy Fold may be considered by many as the first true folding device.
The Galaxy Fold had two metallic components connected together by a hinge with a large 7.3 inch screen that spans across these two portions. It’s one of Samsung’s new flexible displays that folds within when the device is closed.
On the top right of this large display is a set of two selfie cameras, one a 10 mega-pixel sensor and another an 8 mega-pixel depth sensor. At the back of one of these components, call it a cover lies a 4.6 inch Super AMOLED displays that automatically turns on when the device is folded. The same portion has a few sensors and a 10 mega-pixel selfie camera. The back of the other component or cover has a set of three cameras, one a 12 mega-pixel wide lens, 12 mega-pixel telephoto lens and a 16 mega-pixel ultra-wide lens.
Samsung also included a fingerprint scanner located at the right of the device. Underneath, it’s a pretty powerful device with 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage powered by the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor. It runs Android 9.0 Pie out of the box with Samsung’s clean One UI system. During the launch Samsung showed how applications performed on this new device with emphasis on “App Continuity” that allows users to use the same app opened on it’s smaller screen on it’s larger screen. It also supports HDR 10+ that allows users view video content the way it was intended to be viewed on large displays. With it comes a large 4300mAh battery that should last a full day of usage.
The Galaxy Fold is a bit costly though coming in at US Dollars 1980. Would you spend that much on this device?