More Remarkable: Samsung Galaxy Fold’s Foldable Screen or its Soul-Sucking Price?

Samsung officially released its long-awaited Galaxy Fold today. Originally teased back in November 2018, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the first major manufacturer to release a consumer-ready foldable phone. The Galaxy Fold will launch on April 26th, and starts at a mind-blowing $1,980. There will be both an LTE and 5G version and can be picked up at your local AT&T or T-Mobile retailers in the US.

Display and Specs

The Infinity Flex Display unfolds to a massive 7.3 inches, which officially puts it in tablet territory.  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.

Hardware

Samsung has given the hinge system multiple interlocking gears, and the device feels sturdy in the hand. Those gears are hidden by a backbone cover. The fit and finish seems to be standard Samsung, which is a good thing. However, we’ll need more time with the device to fully review.

At the rear of the device there’s also a triple-camera system that can be used in both tablet and phone modes. There’s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, alongside 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras at the rear, and a 10-megapixel cover camera for selfies. The Fold can be had in four different colors, black, silver, green and blue.

Software

Samsung is allowing users to really maximize all of that tablet-sized screen real-estate by giving it the ability to run three apps at once. The Galaxy Fold is an Android device, and Samsung is using it’s app continuity system to adjust the apps when you switch 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 demonstrated a variety of apps running in this mode, and the switching from phone to tablet and vice versa. It appeared smooth, but it’s fair to say that the Galaxy Fold looks far better when it’s unfolded than when being used as a traditional phone. The phone display that’s used when the device is folded is one-hand friendly, but we’re not excited about large bezels that surround the screen (bezels that aren’t found on the tablet mode’s display).

First Impressions

Perfecting innovation is a game of iterations, and the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the first of many foldable designs to come. Xiamoi teased a phone that has the best design we’ve seen to date, but it has yet to be officially released. In addition, Huawei and Lenovo are both planning on releasing their own foldable phone prototypes in 2019.

The concept of a device that can be both a phone and tablet is intriguing. If perfected, it would put a major dent in the tablet market. However, the device’s usability will have to keep instep with its functionality to be successful. Things like pocketablity, taking photos, and texting will all have to be just as good as a non-foldable phone to be the revolution manufacturers are hoping for.

And we can’t forget about that price, $1,980 is simply soul-sucking. Is it worth it to get a spec’d out cell phone that can also be a 7.3 inch tablet? I mean you can get a good gaming laptop, MacBook Pro or high-end Ultrabook for that kind of money (you can get a lot of things for that kind of money).

The collective tech world is anxiously waiting for the Galaxy Fold’s release in April, and we can’t wait to see if Samsung’s first-foldable try is a success.

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