After months of speculation, Samsung has officially unveiled its folding smartphone dubbed the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Where many rumours believed the smartphone would fold from top to bottom, this baby actually folds in from side-to-side like a book.
Galaxy Fold features the world’s first 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display and Samsung Galaxy’s largest display to date. The fingerprint scanner is found on the side where the thumb naturally rests. Two batteries and the internal components are evenly distributed, so Galaxy Fold feels balanced. When folded, users can make use of another display on the cover, and the smartphone closes flat with a satisfying click.
Samsung achieved the folded design by inventing a new polymer layer and created a display around 50 per cent thinner than the typical smartphone display. The new material is designed to make Galaxy Fold flexible, tough and built to last.
So what are the benefits of a phone that can fold? Samsung believes this design will improve multitasking by allowing users to open and use up to three apps simultaneously across the displays. This includes video calls.
Another cool feature is the app continuity between the cover and main display. For example, users can take a photo with the cover display, then make in-depth edits, or have a closer look later on the main display.
Galaxy Fold is powered by a next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM which Samsung says will offer PC-like performance. Galaxy Fold is also capable of charging itself and a second device simultaneously using just one ordinary charger.
Fold’s camera features six lenses—three in the back, two on the inside and one on the cover each offering different levels of picture quality. No matter which way it’s held, Galaxy Fold is ready to capture.
Available in Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue colourways, with hinges engraved with the Samsung logo, the Galaxy Fold will be available during the second quarter of 2019. We’re expecting it to be expensive.