Samsung made history for itself in November teasing its foldable phone, now called Galaxy Fold, to mark the first of its kind in Samsung’s lineups. All the uncertainties are now over as Galaxy Fold is no longer a concept anymore. Samsung has announced Galaxy fold release date to be April 26th, and the company has, in addition, revealed more features distinguishing the foldable phone from other smartphones out there.
Samsung Galaxy Fold price starts at $1,980, with a free pair of Samsung’s new wireless earpiece. AT&T and T-Mobile are the carriers mentioned for now and the foldable phone will be available in both 5G and LTE. Samsung is planning to launch the foldable smartphone in Europe on Mary 3rd, with a starting price of 2,000euro.
Samsung Galaxy Fold features and design
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be foldable to fit into a pocket featuring a tablet-size screen enabled by a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display. The phone originally has a 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display in a normal mode and a QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3) display when unfolded. For fast speed, Samsung paired Qualcomm’s 7nm octa-core processor with 12GB of Ram and a 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS). Interestingly, the Galaxy Fold has two batteries separated by the fold. Both batteries combined represent a total of 4,380 mAh in the Android operating system.
Having realized the potential challenges of foldable phones, Samsung built a sturdy backbone on the Galaxy Fold. The tech giant used a hinge system with multiple interlocking gears hidden at the rear of the device which allows it to transform between phone and tablet modes. A triple-camera system at the rear can be used in both phone and tablet modes. Fold has a 10-megapixel front-facing camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto and wide-angle cameras paired with a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera at the rear.
The Galaxy Fold will be available in four different colors: black, blue, silver, and green.
Samsung has limited the number of apps that can run at once on the Android device to three apps, which would be adjusting between the modes using an app continuity system. Some apps, such as Microsoft Office, YouTube and WhatsApp have already been optimized to work with the new modes and display. And Samsung demonstrated various apps in the two modes.
The Galaxy Fold entry will give Samsung an edge
Though the Galaxy Fold is the first to be widely available, Samsung is not the only company creating foldable smartphones. Huawei is reportedly planning to launch a foldable smartphone this year, while Xiaomi and Lenovo are still at the prototyping. We are expecting lots of foldable phones in the future, but this could be driven by how consumers respond to Samsung’s Galaxy Fold.