We’ve been waiting for the advent of a folding smartphone for years, and it probably took a market downturn to push Samsung (and others) to launch this new form factor, so daring and so futuristic. Before going into detail about what Samsung Galaxy Fold is able to do, let’s see how it stands out from the technical point of view.
Samsung Galaxy Fold technical features
Main screen : 7.3 “QXGA + (1.536 x 2.152 pixels) dynamic AMOLED (4.2: 3)
“Cover” screen : 4.6 “HD + (840 x 1.960 pixels) Super AMOLED (21: 9)
CPU : 64-bit octa-core made at 7nm (should be only the Snapdragon 855)
RAM : 12 GB LPDDR4X
Internal memory : 512 GB UFS 3.0
Rear camera : Telephoto lens: 12 megapixel, autofocus, f / 2.4, OIS, 2x optical zoom (10x digital), FOV 45 ° + main: 12 megapixel, f / 1.5-2.4, autofocus, OIS, FOV 77 ° + Ultra-Wide : 16 megapixels, f / 2.2, fixed focus, 123 ° FOV
Front camera : 10 megapixel, f / 1.9 with autofocus + 8 megapixel f / 2.2 fixed focus (for depth of field)
“Cover” camera : 10 megapixel, f / 2.2
Connectivity : LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ax (2.4 / 5GHz), Bluetooth 5, GPS, NFC, USB-C 3.1, no audio jack
Battery : 4,380 mAh with fast and wireless charging
OS : Android Pie
When we talk about “cover” we mean the visible display when the device is closed. Yes, because when you open it, the two inner halves of Galaxy Fold will show a single screen of 7.3″, Infinity Flex Display, practically a tablet. Samsung acknowledges it’s the best of both worlds, combined into one device.
In each of the two halves of the smartphone, there is a separate battery, whose combined capacity reaches 4,380 mAh. In this way the weight of the two halves is perfectly balanced too. Not only that but compared to a traditional smartphone we have innovative materials in the display, made with a new type of polymer, about 50% thinner than a traditional device. Then there is the mechanism of opening and closing, “natural as a book“, and there is in general a design never seen before. The fingerprint reader is on one side, easily accessible by the thumb.
The software was developed in collaboration with Google, to ensure that apps and services work perfectly with this unique form-factor. The app opening on the cover goes onto occupy just as you had left when you open Galaxy Fold ( app continuity ), also you can open upto 3 apps, all running concurrently on the main display.
Samsung Galaxy Fold is also equipped with AKG stereo speaker, for an immersive multimedia experience, and the photographic sector is the same as S10 +, for maximum quality.
There are also other warhorses, such as Bixby or DeX, Knox and Samsung Pay, and all the services that co existed in the Samsung ecosystem. But the audio jack goes away, a hiccup that won’t fade the product or Samsung into the background.
Finally, one more important omission: weight and size. Samsung has not disclosed them, and it’s hardly a coincidence. If you look closely at the photos and videos below, you will find that the two halves of Galaxy Fold do not overlap to perfection, but there is a bulge at the hinge, where the thickness will certainly be more than one centimetre. And as for weight, we should guess, we would say at least 250 grams, but considering that the screen is not covered in glass, the last word is not said.
In short, the form-factor is certainly innovative, usability (not to mention resistance, sealing, etc.) but it remains a great problem to be solved, that we would be very curious to be able to verify in person.
Availability and price
Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available from May 3 in Europe, at a price of 2,000 euros. The colours available at launch will be Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green and Astro Blue, but could easily vary depending on the market.
Ikechukwu Onu is a writer, front-end dev, and digital junkie with a profound interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets or apps, he enjoys contributing in groups and forums, tinkering with websites, and hanging out with friends.