Before Samsung’s big event today, just about anyone who’s been paying even a little attention knew that it was planning to announce its foldable smartphone.
As expected, the company revealed a device aptly named the Galaxy Fold. It pretty much matched up with all of the rumors, right down to the size of the displays.
Galaxy Fold Details
The Galaxy Fold is one part phone, one part tablet, all parts expensive. The device is scheduled to release with a staggering price of $1,980.
It comes with two separate screens—a smaller 4.6-inch AMOLED secondary display and a much larger 7.3-inch Infinity Flex AMOLED screen that will be revealed when the device is unfolded. Once you’re in the 7-inch plus size, you’re bordering on a device that’s closer to a tablet than a phone. However, the foldable design here makes this more portable than your average tablet.
The 4.6-inch screen comes with a 21:9 aspect ratio with a resolution of 840 x 1,960. The larger screen features a resolution of 1,536 x 2,152. Both have the same pixel density of 420 dpi, which should make for some extremely sharp images whether on the big or small screen.
Durability is obviously a concern with a device like this being the first of its kind. Samsung claims that the device has been tested to withstand 200,000 folds. That should equate to around five years of usage with 100 folds a day.
Interestingly, Samsung didn’t announce much about the processor only saying that it’s a “7nm 64-bit octa-core processor.” The company did announce that the device would feature 512GB of UFS 3.0 storage space.
Samsung says the device will feature 4,380mAh that has been split in half to more evenly distribute weight. Will this be enough power to run such a large screen? Only time will tell as far as that is concerned. The phone will also feature wireless charging and Wireless Powershare, which means you can use the Fold to charge another device.
The last key aspect of the device is the size—when you think about a folded device you probably imagine something quite thick. However, Samsung has managed to trim it down substantially since the prototypes. When folded in half, the Fold is 17mm thick. When open, it’s 6.9mm. For some perspective, the newly-announced S10 and S10+ come in at 7.8mm.
Here are some other key stats on the Galaxy Fold:
- Three rear-facing cameras: 16MP ultra-wide camera, F2.2, 12MP wide-angle camera, dual pixel AF, OIS, F1.5/F2.4, and 12MP telephoto camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom
- 10MP dual-pixel f/2.2, 8MP RGB depth camera, F1.9 front camera
- 10MP selfie cover camera, F2.2
- App Continuity for switching between screens without losing your place
- Android 9.0
When Can You Get a Galaxy Fold?
Samsung has announced that we won’t need to wait too long to get our hands on the Galaxy Fold, as the device is scheduled to hit the market on April 26th in the US. It’ll release slightly later on May 5 in Europe. Samsung announced that the device will be available in four colors—Cosmo Black, Space Silver, Martian Green, and Astro Blue.
Before you buy this phone, check out our article on features you need to have on your phone to make sure this $2000 beast stacks up!