Three weeks after giving us a sneak peek of what was thought to be a concept device, Samsung has unwrapped its foldable smartphone – the Galaxy Fold, at the Unpacked 2019 event as expected. The Galaxy Fold will bring the utility of a tablet device without settling for less portability and thus housing all of that in the form factor of a modern smartphone. Samsung will make the Galaxy Fold available for purchase from April 26 for an asking price of $1,980 (approx. 1,40,500), something we reported will be the costliest commercial smartphone to launch till yet.
Amongst the first to talk about the Galaxy Fold is its screen setup. The Fold has two screens, a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED (21:9) cover display on the front and a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED tablet screen with 4.2:3 aspect ratio when the phone is unfolded. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner with AKG-tuned speakers at the bottom.
For the specs enthusiast, the Galaxy Fold is powered by an unknown 7nm processor and is accompanies by 12GB of RAM and 512GB of storage. There are two batteries on the inside of the two foldable slabs which amount to a total of 4,380mAh. Samsung says the device will be able to offer to charge to other phones wirelessly via PowerShare technology. Users can also plug in to charge the Galaxy Fold and put another device on top to wirelessly charge it.
For imaging, the Galaxy Fold has a total of six cameras onboard. Primary setup includes a triple camera module at the back of the phone which combos a 12MP lens with a variable aperture (with OIS), a 12MP telephoto lens (with OIS) and a 16MP ultra-wide angle camera. There’s a single 10MP selfie camera at the top of the cover display while there’s a dual camera 10MP + depth sensor setup at the top of the tablet display.
The Galaxy Fold runs on Samsung’s One UI on top of Android 9 Pie with redesigned navigation buttons and features. It comes with app continuity which allows apps to take control of the display from where you left off. Users can also multitask with three windows on the screen instead of just two on a regular Android phone.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available in Space Silver, Cosmos Black, Martian Green, and Astro Blue colours for a price of $1,980 (approx. 1,40,500) starting from April 26. The phone can be purchased with support for LTE as well as g% networks, depending on the region you’re residing at.