Samsung first prodded its foldable phone back in November, and at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked event today, it’s further enumerating its foldable plans. Samsung’s foldable now has a name, the Samsung Galaxy Fold, and the company is revealing more about what this interesting smartphone can do. Samsung is planning to launch the Galaxy Fold on April 26th, starting at $1,980, through AT&T and T-Mobile in the US, with a free pair of Samsung’s new wireless earbuds. There will be both an LTE and 5G version of the Galaxy Fold, and Samsung is even planning on rolling out the device in Europe on May 3rd, starting at 2,000 euros.
Samsung is using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display that enables the phone itself to have a tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket. The main display is QXGA+ resolution (4.2:3), and when it’s folded, a littler 4.6-inch HD+ (12:9) display is used for the phone mode. Samsung is using 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS) for fast speeds, alongside a Qualcomm 7nm octa-core processor and 12GB of RAM. Samsung has even built two batteries for its Galaxy Fold, that are separated by the fold yet combined in the Android operating system to represent a total of 4,380 mAh.
Samsung has built a sturdy backbone to the gadget, with a pivot system that has multiple interlocking gears. All of these gears are hidden at the back of the gadget, and allow the Galaxy Fold to transform from tablet to phone modes. At the rear of the device, there’s additionally a triple-camera system that will be used for both tablet and phone modes. There’s a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, alongside 12-megapixel wide-angle and telephoto cameras at the rear, and a 10-megapixel cover camera for selfies. Samsung is likewise creating four unique colors for the Galaxy Fold, yet it’s the main tablet display that is key here.
Samsung is allowing the Galaxy Fold to run three applications without a moment’s delay on this Android device, and it’s using an app continuity system to adjust these applications when you move among tablet and phone modes. Applications like WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, and YouTube have all been improved for the new display and modes, and Samsung has been working with Google to guarantee Android 9 Pie fully supports this display.
Samsung exhibited a variety of applications running in this mode, and the changing from phone to tablet and the other way around. It looks somewhat smooth in the software right now, yet it’s fair to say that the Galaxy Fold looks obviously better when it’s folded out than being used as a traditional phone.