It seems that 2019 is the birth year of foldable smartphone. Just very recently, Feb 20 to be exact, Samsung new foldable phone has been unveiled. This is the first foldable smartphone to be released commercially, although it will only be available from April 26.
Maybe you had heard from last year that Samsung is developing a smartphone display technology that is capable of folding or flexing. Well, that is not just an information anymore since the newest model of the Galaxy series has been unveiled which possesses said technology, the Galaxy Fold. Finally, its name was revealed after all the guesses from Galaxy X to Galaxy Flex. Let’s see what this device can offer.
Size that fits in your single hand
The Galaxy Fold when unfolded is 7.3 inch in size. This is a little smaller than iPad Mini(7.9”) or Galaxy Tab A(8.0”) but is large enough to open 3 apps simultaneously without sacrificing the viewing experience. When folded, the screen becomes 4.6 inch which can be operated by a single hand just like the standard handheld phones. When you see the Galaxy Fold, you can actually imagine a book that you can open and close.
The Infinity Flex Display is what makes the Galaxy Fold screen capable of folding. This is not a glass but is made of special polymer that has been announced by Samsung before. Based on the unpacking event done last February 20, the display looks fine from a far when watching videos but I do not know if it can be compared to the glass display of the latest S10 series. This is yet to confirm when the actual phone is released to the public.
Powerful and Seamless Performance
The Galaxy Fold is equipped with Octacore Qualcomm processors and with a massive 12 GB of RAM which makes this device so powerful that it can support multitasking and running 3 apps at the same time. On the other hand, almost the same specs can be seen in the Galaxy S10 plus. With these specs we can be sure of fluid performance and hardcore mobile gamers will definitely love this high-end device.
With its ONE UI interface and Samsung-modified Android 9 OS, the Galaxy Fold promises a seamless switching of apps from smartphone mode to tablet mode. Moreover, the Galaxy Fold supports Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (UFS 3.0), which promises faster and efficient data transport.
Samsung has equipped the device with 2 batteries working together to produce a total of 4380mAh that is a little lower than the iPad mini. Separating 2 batteries is I think a common sense considering the space available but making them to work together to produce a single output is a brilliant idea.
If you have noticed, current tablets’ battery capacity ranges from 6000mAh and above. If you think of it, it seems that the battery life won’t last a day if you use it in the tablet mode continuously. On the other hand, with its powerful processors, revolutionized user interface, and support for power-saving UFS 3.0, 4380mAh may be enough to power this foldable device which can last more than a day. This is yet to be confirmed when the product is available in April.
Massive Storage Capacity
Galaxy Fold boasts a massive capacity of 512GB of internal storage although the S10 plus has 1TB option. Anyway, 512GB of storage is really a lot more than can consume by a smartphone user unless you are a mobile photographer or a movie fanatic where you store all your pictures and videos in the phone.
This Samsung new foldable phone is designed to get pictures or videos in any angle. It is equipped with 6 high-end cameras. Three at the back (rear camera), 2 inside when unfolded (tablet mode), and one in front (selfie camera in phone mode). Capturing moments is made available from any mode whether you are in the tablet mode or in the smartphone mode.
Supports the Fastest Internet
Galaxy Fold is not only the first commercially released foldable phone but it will be the first smartphone to support true 5G internet network which is the latest and fastest. 5G is not yet commercially released but Samsung has already designed the phone to support the future internet connectivity. Combining the Galaxy Fold’s high-end specs and 5G would be an imaginable internet browsing or loading speed.
Galaxy Fold will be one of the most powerful smartphone to date. It is packed with high-end specs and sophisticated features which will surely change the game in smartphone technology. The device boasts a multi-tasking feature where you can operate 3 apps at the same time. Another great feature is the app continuity. Switching from a smartphone screen to tablet screen is just like opening and closing a book. Consequently, app developers need to upgrade their applications for foldable phone compatibility.
It is very obvious that this device is not made for the ordinary smartphone users. Galaxy Fold is priced at a staggering $1980 which is too expensive for common individuals. It is a luxury device and not for everyone. However, later as the other competitors release their own versions of foldable phones, the price would go down naturally but not to the point of slashing it into half. On the other hand, we may see lite versions of it such as lower RAM or lower storage capacity.
One of the difficult challenges in foldable phone is how to keep it flat when folded. This can be seen in the Galaxy Fold. There is a noticeable little gap near the hinge’ side when you fold the phone. Samsung has invented a hinge technology that can be folded and unfolded more than 100 thousand times, but as in every hinge-type device, a little gap is also formed near the hinge when folded. I presume Samsung is aware of this and said downside may be corrected when the device is released for consumers in April, otherwise, we may expect improvement in the later versions.
The appearance of front display (smartphone mode) is not so appealing. The front has very thick bezel especially the top and bottom sides. We are already used to the bezel-less Galaxy series and it is very surprising for others why Samsung did not keep that bezel-less display that consumers have already loved. However, if you examine more, you would know the reason why. Galaxy Fold is taller than the standard phone. If the whole front side is made into a display without the bezel, it would be difficult to operate it with a single hand.
There is also a noticeable notch at the corner inside the device where the cameras are located. At first glance, it doesn’t look nice. On the other hand, if you consider access to the icons at the top, it is better to put it at the corner rather than the center.
It cannot be denied that the Galaxy Fold is the future of smartphone. With the earlier than expected release of Samsung new foldable phone, this tech giant just wanted to prove that they are the pioneer when it comes to technologies in smartphone, and they succeeded.
The Galaxy Fold is the first foldable smartphone to be released commercially and first phone to support 5G network. We may see some drawbacks since it is a first generation device but we can expect enhancement in the next versions.
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