Samsung held a separate Unpacked event ahead of the MWC 2019 and on stage unveiled one of the most interesting devices of this year’s edition of the annual tech show – the Samsung Galaxy Fold.
The phone comes after years of teasers, leaks, and rumors and marks the beginning of a new era in the smartphone industry, where devices are now taking on a new form factor. The Galaxy Fold comes with what Samsung calls Infinity Flex Display that allows the device to bend into two parts.
Samsung Galaxy Fold specs
- Unfolded: 7.3-inch 4.2:3 QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex Display
- Folded: 4.6-inch 21:9 HD+ Super AMOLED Cover Display
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor
- 12GB RAM
- 512GB non-expandable storage
- Main camera: 12MP (telephoto, PDAF, OIS, f/2.4 aperture) + 12MP (wide-angle [77°], Super Speed Dual Pixel AF, OIS, dual aperture f/1.5-f/2.4) + 16MP (ultra-wide [123°], f/2.2 aperture)
- Front camera: 10MP (80° field of view, f/2.2 aperture) + 8MP (RGB depth sensor, 90° field of view, f/1.9 aperture)
- Cover camera: 10MP (80° field of view, f/2.2 aperture)
- 4380mAh battery
- Android 9 Pie with One UI
- Extras: Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C, Quick Charge 2.0, Fast wired and Qi wireless charging, Wi-Fi 6, GPS, etc.
The front, Cover Display has a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED display screen that Samsung says works in a similar fashion to current Samsung phones. If this display real estate isn’t enough for your needs, opening up the Fold reveals a second Dynamic AMOLED Display panel that stretches all the way to 7.3 inches and boasts a QXGA+ resolution.
When stretched, the Galaxy Fold promises one of the best viewing experience with videos and movies, playing games or even multitasking, with the device supporting up to three apps in the multi-active window.
Apps running on the Cover Display appear on the bigger display in the same state as before once the phone is unfolded and with an update, users will be able to take full advantage of the bigger display, but of course, app developers will have to keep their apps updated, too.
There’s a 5G variant
The Galaxy Fold has more to it than just the ability to fold. The smartphone also comes with support for the new 5G network, however, not all regions that will have the Fold will get this variant. Apparently, those in Korea can be sure of getting one of these, but for the most part of the world, including the U.S., a 4G LTE variant will be sold through Samsung partners.
Samsung Galaxy Fold pricing and availability
At launch, Samsung did confirm that the Galaxy Fold will see a U.S. launch on April 26, 2019, through AT&T and T-Mobile, while those in Europe will get it on May 3, 2019. In the former market, you’ll have to part with $1,980 while in the latter, a price tag of €2000 has been slapped on the device. So far, there is no word on UK pricing.
The Fold can be had in four colors of Astro Blue, Cosmos Black, Space Silver, and Martian Green.
While foldable smartphones might not be the answer to the stale innovation in smartphone design, it does represent an important step towards realizing new possibilities in the industry.