The long-awaited Samsung Galaxy Fold is currently in the process of taking pre-orders, and was said to be available on April 26. However, there’s been recent reports that it has been delayed due to screen failures.
Do note that the availability is only for US buyers. For UK and Europe consumers, pre-orders are available as soon as the product is released in the US, and it will be available on May 3.
As expected, the device does not come cheap. It is priced at around $1,980 or £1,800. With how much it costs, it makes this device one of the most expensive phones ever released. That is of course excluding custom made or limited-edition smartphones which are ridiculously expensive.
An interesting statement made by Samsung is that the Galaxy Fold won’t be globally available in all stores like any of its previous phones and tablets. This is due to the fact that they want to provide better service to all wearers of this smartphone, stating,
“We’ll have less supply than we would of the S10 at launch… This is a super premium device, and we want to make sure it has a concierge-like service and experience, so it’s not going to be on display in all stores.”
Specifications of Samsung Galaxy Fold
- OS: Android 9.9
- Chipset: Snapdragon 855
- CPU: Octa-core (4 x 1.78 GHZ; 3 x 2.41 GHZ; 1 x 2.84 GHZ)
- GPU: Adreno 640
- Ram: 12 Gigabyte
- Storage: 512 Gigabyte
- Card slot: None
- Headphone Jack: None
- External Display (Closed): 4.6 inches HD+
- Internal Display (Open): 7.3 inches QXGA+
- Front Camera (Closed): 10 Megapixels f/2.2
- Front Camera (Open): 10 Megapixels at f/2.2; 8 Megapixels at f/ 1.9
- Rear Camera (1): 12 Megapixels wide-angle at f/1-5 to 2.4
- Rear Camera (2): 12 Megapixels Telephoto at f/2.4
- Rear Camera (3): 16 Megapixels Ultra-wide at f/2.2
The device is created using the latest cutting-edge technology and offers a new exciting mobile design. It’s a foldable smartphone that is capable of switching its display from 4.6 inches to 7.3 inches. The phone doesn’t just have a single display, there are two screens that are positioned back-to-back, thus the term ‘fold’ in its name.
Regarding its performance, this new smartphone uses Qualcomm’s latest processor, the Snapdragon 855 at octa-core. Yes, it’s that powerful and surpasses most of mobile processors as of late. It is also supported by 12 GB of RAM. As intended, Samsung put in a lot of RAM for the Galaxy Fold to easily manage multi-tasking.
One other notable key feature is its multi-cam. The smartphone comes with a total of 6 cameras that are all above 10 MP. It’s on par with the cameras that goes with the Samsung Galaxy S10 and even better than the latest iPhone released.
And finally, Galaxy Fold is a device that’s designed to provide phone function mixed with tablet features. Moreover, it is capable of supporting any heavy processes, even multi-tasking with its impressive hardware and software components.
There are a few undesirables that goes with the Galaxy Fold. A notable one is its vertical crease mark at the center of its Infinity Flex display. It’s actually not a surprise, considering that the plastic screen is bent and unbent. It’s visible and annoying, especially for those who wants a clear and perfectly flat screen display.
Another noticeable problem is its air gap. You can clearly see a space between the two folded sections of the smartphone. It’s not really that annoying to the point where buyers are discouraged, but it’s there and it won’t disappear.
Lastly, and you probably already have guessed it, is its price. The Galaxy Fold costs twice as much as its previous flagship, the Galaxy S10. Not that the device is not worth buying, but it is a hefty price to pay.
It’s too early to actually review the Galaxy Fold, even though there has been an early distribution for testing and media purposes. What we do know is that it has a speedy and smooth performance. The cameras work quite well, and the folding mechanism is functioning as it’s supposed to.
What remains a question (as of now) is its durability, how long will the folding mechanism last, the battery life after a good amount of time, and the technical support from Samsung. Until then, we can only confirm that it’s a powerful smartphone and tablet in one, and it’s really expensive.