Samsung described the Galaxy Fold on its unpackaged powwow and garnered some applause at least until the $ 1,980 price was unveiled. The luxury device is impressive, but I'm haunted by a simple question: what will I do with the Galaxy Fold to justify the price of $ 2,000 (the starting price is 1 $ 980).
This Galaxy Fold will clearly be a good asset for the margins and average selling prices of the smartphone industry. After all, someone needs to innovate somewhere for a category of devices that does not matter.
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Samsung's mobile director, DJ Koh, introduced the Galaxy Fold as the beginning of the next decade of the Galaxy lineup and a device that can boost the growth of the industry. "Buckle up your seatbelt.The future is about to start," Koh said. Koh said the company has sold more than 2 billion Galaxy phones to date.
As far as the situation as a whole is concerned, the challenge is that Samsung can innovate and break out of competition in high-end and low-end markets. Koh said Samsung had "created a whole new category of smartphones."
The details via Justin Denison, product manager for Samsung:
- Once folded, it displays a 4.6-inch screen and, when it opens, a 7.3-inch screen turns into a tablet.
- Each side of the device has a battery.
- There is a hinge system between the two screens that work together.
- The device will bring you $ 1,980 and will be available on April 26th.
- 512 GB of storage.
- Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS).
- "Advanced processor at 7nm and 12GB of RAM." Specifically, an Octa-core processor 7 nm 64 bits.
- Samsung's next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM is designed for performance comparable to that of a PC.
- Continuity of applications – an effort between Samsung and Google – to optimize applications for the Galaxy Fold.
- The Galaxy Fold arrives in black Cosmos, Space Silver, Martian Green or Astro Blue.
- There are 4G and 5G versions.
- Main Screen: 7.3 QXGA + AMOLED Dynamic (4.2: 3) Cover Screen: 4.6 "HD + Super AMOLED (21: 9)
More specifications include:
- Cover: 10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2
- Triple Rear Camera: 16MP Ultra Wide Camera, F2.2; 12MP wide angle camera, two-pixel AF, OIS, F1.5 / F2.4; 12MP telephoto camera, PDAF, OIS, F2.4, 2X optical zoom;
- Dual front camera: 10MP Selfie Camera, F2.2, 8MP RGB Depth Camera, F1.9
- 4,380 mAh (typical);
- Wired and wireless compatible fast charge;
- Wired charging compatible with QC2.0 and AFC;
- Wireless charging compatible with WPC and PMA
For Samsung, the Fold represents a moment to show the innovation of the company. But here is the trap. Samsung is not very good at telling me what I should do with their cool innovation. The company also did not give me much use case ideas at Unpacked.
In theory, this problem should be solved by developers and consumers. It does not really happen like that with Samsung. Samsung will impress us, but we know that folding fame has a price. This high-end device will not cost much, so there must be an indispensable function that goes well beyond the smartphone.
Now take this speech with a little salt. I also made fun of phablets during the day. Now I have one. Today, I will also be laughing with a 7.3 inch screen smartphone – and thinking about buying one. I want one, but I do not know why – for the moment. Maybe it's a phone, tablet and PC replacement.
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Maybe it will be the opportunity to use DeX and have a laptop on the fly. Maybe I will be able to use the dual screen so that my professional life is as congested on mobile as on the desktop. Maybe there is a big collaboration bang that makes a collapsible phone attractive. Or maybe the clutter of the device is actually smaller. Businesses may find an excellent case of using a foldable phone.
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For now, I'm waiting to see what this device is doing. Samsung has done enough to interest me.