Samsung Galaxy Fold is one of the most exciting smartphones in 2019 and we finally managed to get a folding phone. Before today, we could only see it on the stage at a distance and behind thick glass.
However, just a few weeks before the Galaxy Fold officially started selling, Samsung decided that the device was ready for the hands of the media (though only for a limited time).
Our first impressions on Samsung Galaxy Folu are positive. The assembly mechanism is secure, the large 7.3-inch screen looks great, and the fact that you can fold it in half and put it in your pocket (almost) is certainly cool.
It's not without some controversial points, it's big and heavy, and you can notice a jerk on the screen. Read on to find out what we have done for Samsung Galaxy Fold so far.
Samsung Galaxy Fold release date and price
The official Samsung Galaxy Fold release date is April 26 in the US while in the UK and Europe pre-order is open on April 26, and Galaxy Fold will be available from May 3rd.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold price is $ 1,980, £ 1800 (£ 2,000), making it one of the most expensive smart phones on the market, almost at the expense of upcoming folding Huawei Mate X.
Samsung believes Galaxy Fold is the most natural factor for a folding phone, and the screen overlaps to provide protection – just like a laptop.
It seems to be a natural way to open it – with years of opening books behind us we have become quite skilled in action – and it's certainly easier to catch up with the opposite end of Huawei Mate X.
Open the Galaxy Fold completely to find the 7.3-inch display and a 20-part double-axis hinge locked in place, preventing over 180-screen magnification.
Fold it back and lock the Samsung Galaxy Fold with a satisfying sound, giving you the confidence that it will not accidentally develop in your bag.
Samsung spent a lot of time working on the twin axle so that he clicked and closed for a tactical sense during use, with smooth movement between the two states. It is designed to withstand more than 200,000 folds and reveals, opening 100 times and closing the day five years – so it should last.
It definitely feels strong and stable, capable of repeating action without a problem, and a nice touch is the way the bundle disappears in the body of each half of the phone when it is fully opened.
The fingerprint sensor is located to the right of the device, falls well with your thumb or finger, and acts as a Bixby launcher when you press it and jump straight into the Samsung Smart Assistant.
Above the number reader there are Power / Lock and Volume buttons, also in readily available locations, while on the Galaxy Fold base you find the USB-C connector on one half of the bottom frame and the speaker on the other half.
There are a total of two loudspeakers – the second on the top edge of the phone – providing stereo sound set by the AKG and supporting Dolby Atmos support.
As a fun and futuristic design as the Galaxy Fold, it is also large, bulky and heavy. Fold measures 62.9 x 160.9 x 17mm, making it twice as big as most smartphones. That means it's not easy to glide into your pockets, especially if you're a fan of skinny jeans.
The scale is 269g, making it one of the most difficult devices on the market. Galaxy S10 Plus is 175g, iPhone XS Max is 208g, and Huawei Mate 20 Pro at 189g.
Galaxy Fold will be available in Space Silver, Comos Black, Marsian Green and Astro Blue, with exclusive green and blue versions on the Samsung website.
Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with two screens, with a 4.6-inch HD + Super AMOLED front panel (when in "phone mode") that feels a bit small to today's standards, where most phones have screens of at least 5 inches.
It felt smaller thanks to the overhanging and overlapping frames that remind the phones of about ten years ago. This is a compromise that has to be made because technology has to go somewhere, and the benefit of its small size is the fact that it can be easily used with one hand.
As far as aesthetics are concerned, it is far from pleasing to the eye. In a world where knives disappear almost completely, here's the style of a real moment from the past. When you consider the price charged for the Samsung Galaxy Fold, some might argue that its appearance, at least in the phone mode & # 39; does not match its premium price.
The small screen is bright and clear with the Samsung Super AMOLED panel that provides plenty of color. You can easily navigate around Android, and it is useful for checking notifications, reading messages, and playing music playback.
The larger, tablet display features an advanced layer of composite polymer that is glued to the body by a foldable glue, allowing the screen to bend, bend and stay on the device. It's also the thinnest screen Samsung has ever made.
When unplugged, you will be welcomed with a 7.3-inch QHD + Dynamic AMOLED display with light, clear and sharp, with many colors fired directly into your eyes. It also supports HDR10 +, providing enhanced viewing experience with supported video.
However, there is one very important point for this view. Bend.
Looking at the screen at an angle, there is a visible stretcher that extends across the screen in the center, where it overlaps. This is not something that has come to be eliminated, and you will have to accept the fact that it is here if you decide to cash on Galaxy Fold.
However, watching the screen in the head and fold is much less visible (still there) and when we fired the Asphalt 8 on the fast race (we came first, of course), it disappeared from sight while we focused on the game,
Samsung says that prayer will no longer be defined over time so that those who are afraid of becoming more pronounced with the use of power can easily rest, even though we will truly know a year or two in a row.
Interface and Performance
There are different ways to use Samsung Galaxy Fold. When the phone is closed, the phone mode allows one-handed operation for tasks such as calls and music playback.
Still, open in "tablet mode," and a larger screen facilitates social media, messaging, web browsing, and photo / video editing.
Every time you navigate from one screen to another, applications will follow your patterns of usage for impeccable experience. For example, if you open Maps when in "Phone mode", opening Galaxy Fold up Google Maps will also be displayed on the large screen.
Any application that is pre-installed on Galaxy Fol will support this continuity between the views, but developers must be compatible with applications.
Samsung says it's easy to add functionality because it does not require rewriting existing applications, just adding additional features – but we'll have to wait and see how widely it is accepted.
You can also use up to three different applications on a large screen with a multi-active window mode on Galaxy Fold.
Cameras and batteries
Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with six cameras. The main trio is located on the back of a 12MP main sensor (f / 1.5-f / 2.4, OIS) connected to a telephoto lens of 12MP (f / 2.4, OIS) and 16MP ultra wide-angle lens (f) /2.2).
This is exactly the same as you will find on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and Galaxy S10 Plus, so the performance needs to be excellent, although we could not test it on Galaxy Fold because it did not run the final software.
On the front of Galaxy Fold you get a 10 megapixel (f / 2.2) camera, a 4.6-inch screen for unusually free selfs or speed up video conferencing, while opening the Galaxy Fold reveals two cameras in the jacket that eats in the top right corner of the screen.
Within this section, the 10 megapixel camera (with the same specifications as the selfie camera) connects to a 8MP (f / 1.9) dubbing camera that provides information on Samsung's backlit background blur mode.
In the box
The Samsung Galaxy Fold price is exalted, but at least comes packaged as a top-notch handset. The box is made of ecologically acceptable material and is embellished with Samsung's Relief Fold Graphics.
Open it and get your phone, charging block, and cable, but there's more. Samsung is also packed with Galaxy Buds Wireless Headphones (RRP: $ 149, £ 139, AU $ 249), along with a slim, lightweight but powerful case for Galaxy Fold for extra protection.
Each Galaxy Fold customer will also receive a one-year free insurance with Samsung Care Plus, which protects you from accidental and water damage. And finally, there's a year to subscribe to YouTube Premium.
Samsung Galaxy Fold is an exciting participant in the smart phone market, breaking the static rectangular mold that we're used to to bring us a handset that has two screens, two batteries, and six cameras.
It's certainly expensive, but the first generation of any new technology is, and people will show its size, weight, screen folding and frame around a smaller display as a negative point – for some it will be a switch of work.
However, Galaxy Fold is more than a stand-alone headset. This, along with Huawei Mate X, introduces into an exciting new mobile form factor that will be refined, improved and made more accessible over the next 12-18 months – and you will appreciate this phone.
If you want to be ahead of the curve, sorry, the Samsung Galaxy Fold can take you there, right now. This is by itself impressive.