The first Samsung phone was launched in November, and today, at the company 's Galaxy Unpacked event, it details its plans. The collapsible name of Samsung now has a name, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and the company is unveiling more about the capabilities of this unique smartphone. Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26, starting at $ 1,980. There will be an LTE version and a 5G version of the Galaxy Fold, and Samsung even plans to launch the device in Europe on May 3, from 2,000 euros.
Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Flex Infinity display that allows the phone to have a screen the size of a tablet that can be folded to fit in a pocket. The main screen displays the QXGA + (4.2: 3) resolution, and when folded, a smaller 4.6 inchHD + screen (12: 9) is used for the phone mode. Samsung uses 512 GB of Universal Storage Storage 3.0 (eUFS), as well as a Qualcomm Octa-core processor of 7 nm and 12 GB of RAM. Samsung even built two batteries for its Galaxy Fold, which are separated by the fold but combined into the Android operating system to represent a total of 4,380 mAh.
Samsung has built a rugged backbone for the device, with a multi-gear hinge system. All these gears are hidden on the back of the device and allow the Galaxy Fold to switch from tablet mode to phone mode. At the back of the device is also a three-camera system that will be used for tablet and phone modes. An ultra-slim 16-megapixel camera, as well as 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto rear-facing cameras and a 10-megapixel camera for selfies. Samsung also creates four different colors for the Galaxy Fold, but it's the main screen of the tablet that's the key here.
Samsung allows the Galaxy Fold to run three apps at once on this Android device. It uses an application continuity system to adjust these applications when you switch from one tablet mode to the other. Apps such as WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, and YouTube have all been optimized for the new screen and new modes, and Samsung is working with Google to ensure that Android 9 Pie fully supports this screen.
Samsung has introduced various applications running in this mode, as well as the transition from the phone to the tablet and vice versa. The software seems pretty fluid right now, but it's fair to say that the Galaxy Fold looks much better when it's folded than if it's used as a traditional phone. The phone's screen is clearly designed to be used with one hand, but it is flanked by large frames that are not in tablet mode. We will have to take a closer look at the Galaxy Fold to find out exactly how this affects the ease of use of the device.
Samsung is not the only smartphone maker to create a foldable device, but it's certainly one of the first to make it widely available. Xiaomi recently launched its own folding phone, which seemed to be the best concept we have seen so far. Huawei is also planning to launch a foldable handset this year and Lenovo has started launching its own prototype. LG has also developed flexible OLED screens and TVs that come together in a box. If all these manufacturers are progressing towards sending a device like Samsung, expect to see a lot of foldable phones in 2019 and beyond.