Samsung Galaxy Fold: Early views
A new class of smartphones...
It has been a couple of months since Samsung announced the Galaxy Fold. At that time Samsung kept the device to itself, showing it off through officials and not handing it over to tech reviewers. The Fold class of smartphones will likely be the most expensive money can buy. With the Galaxy Fold starting at $1,980. It will begin shipping on April 26th. However, due to the high cost, it will probably be shipped in limited quantity to limited locations. It might even be produced on order.
The Galaxy Fold has a 4.6-inch screen when folded up to resemble a phone. When it unfolds, it reveals a 7.3-inch tablet. So essentially what is it? We thought it was a phone that converts into a tablet. But its actually the other way round. Its a tablet that folds up.
As a phone, the device feels very wrong. It's heavy, thick and has a small screen size compared to today's standards. Moreover, when folded up there is a slight gap. This makes for a slightly unpractical experience. It feel as if you are holding two phones at once. The screen itself is much larger with small to no bezels. However, only 4.6-inch of the screen is active in the folded mode.
When it comes to portability, there are compromises. You would expect that in its folded state it should be able to fit inside your pant pockets. However, this is not the case. You need a bigger pocket like that of a coat or maybe a purse to store this device. In a nutshell, its easier to carry than a tablet but harder to carry than a plain smartphone.
Hinging on success
There is one novel thing that comes into play when it comes to foldable devices, hinges. The mechanism is well built and there is an audible click when folded fully. Moreover, magnets further hold it close, making it hard to unfold one-handed. The good thing is that you don't have to fold it all the way, it will even work half folded.
You may be getting a question. But what happens when we unfold it completely, do we see the hinge or crease? Yes and No. You can see it but it's not really that noticeable. However, you can also feel the crease which is somewhat off putting.
The front cameras, along with the sensors are housed in a notch. Yup there is a notch. But that's only for the tablet side. The main camera array, featuring three cameras is actually at the back, and the device is designed in such a way, that the rear cameras will always be the rear cameras in either state. That's neat.
This is going to be the most expensive phone Samsung has ever produced. It's success will mean a lot for the tech giant as well as its failure. Samsung must have invested a ton of research and development on making the Galaxy Fold a reality. However, the risk is on both sides, the producer and the consumer. We don't think many people will be eager to be the first to invest this huge sum on a smartphone. People will likely wait until its flaws and advantages are clear.
Galaxy Fold's Specs
Operating System: Android 9 Pie
Display: 7.3-inch AMOLED
Resolution: 2152 x 1536, 362ppi
Processor: 7nm 64-bit octa-core
Memory: 12GB RAM
Camera: 10MP selfie camera
Rear Camera 16MP ultra wide camera
Security: Capacitive fingerprint sensor, Face recognition
Charging: QuickCharge 2.0 wired charging, wireless charge capable
Colors: Space Silver