The new Samsung Galaxy Fold flexible tablet for smartphone will not be without compromise. On the one hand, it could be much thicker when it is folded than virtually any other modern smartphone – potentially as thick as a Nintendo switch – while the way it gets plaice is quite delicate. And like its competitor the Huawei Mate X, it has a big old fold that runs through the middle of its foldable screen.
At the Mobile World Congress 2019 in Barcelona, journalists could not access the Galaxy Fold directly. Instead, Samsung chose to present the device in a reflective package that, whether intentional or not, made it as difficult to observe the fold as possible.
Crease anxiety, maybe?
If it's a bit difficult to observe from the photos above – Sam Rutherford from Gizmodo described the showcase as "fundamentally impossible" to take a good picture of "unless it's out of nowhere" . Rich Brome chef at Twitter make it clearer. It's a big fold!
In a promotional image distributed by Samsung, no crease is visible – something reminiscent of that time, Apple tried to hide the notch of its new range of phones for iPhone X with blackout wallpapers. In fact, Samsung seems to have chosen an illustration of the wings of a butterfly specially designed to avoid crossing the crumpled part of the device.
It is clear that Samsung does not want people to watch over the furrow in the middle of the Galaxy Fold, which could give potential customers the impression that it will display a distorted image. However, the Fold seen by Gizmodo at the MWC 2019 seemed perfectly beautiful seen directly: it is only under acute angles (or perhaps when the light catches it) that the fold becomes obvious.
Anyway, it's clear that a truly transparent foldable phone is not in the cards any time soon. This is what we can expect, because the most likely audience for these extremely expensive devices ($ 1980 for the Fold and about $ 2,600 for the Mate X) is not the mass market. These are the niche developers and consumers who really want, really, a collapsible device this year and who are not likely to be put off by the expense or pitfalls of early adoption.
However, be aware that Samsung's big foldable wire has a fold before spending so much money.
Sam Rutherford contributed to the writing of this article.