Samsung Announces New Foldable Phone – the ‘Galaxy Fold’
First teased back in November, Samsung has finally revealed its upcoming foldable phone, called the Galaxy Fold. Slated for release on April 26th, the Galaxy Fold will be available through AT&T and T-Mobile for an eye-watering $1980. The phone will come with a free pair of Samsung’s new wireless earbuds, and will be launched with both an LTE 4G and a 5G version.
This unique smartphone is one of the first of its kind, packed with a brand new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, which allows it to have a distinctive tablet-sized screen that can be folded to fit into a pocket with a 4.6-inch screen. The phones internals specs are pretty impressive as well. The Galaxy Fold will come packed with 512GB of flash storage, a Qualcomm octa-core processor, and an astounding 12GB of RAM. All of this will be powered by the latest version of the Android OS.
As for the folding mechanism, Samsung says it has built it to be incredibly sturdy, powered by a hinge system with multiple interlocking gears that are hidden within the device. Samsung says the hinge system is designed to fold at least 200,000 times, which equates to just about five years assuming you open it 100 times a day.
Taking advantage of the massive 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display, the Galaxy Fold will allow users to run up to three apps at once, and will adjust when moving from tablet to phone mode. Samsung has been working with Google to optimize a variety of apps like Microsoft Office, YouTube, and WhatsApp for this multitasking feature. At the event, Samsung demonstrated the phones multitasking capabilities, showing how it can seamlessly run multiples apps at once without skipping a beat.
At the rear of the device, the Galaxy Fold is packing a triple-camera system that can be used in both tablet and phone mode. These cameras include a 16-megapixel ultra-wide camera, a 12-megapixel wide-angle, and and a 10-megapixel cover camera for selfies and video chat.
Samsung is not alone in releasing foldable phones, as companies like Lenovo and LG have both indicated plans of releasing their iterations of this unique new form factor for phones. Expect 2019 and beyond to be full of more foldable phones announcements, as more phonemakers pounce on the opportunity to bring a completely unique new mobile device to the market.