Last Thursday (Feb.21st), Samsung revealed its highly anticipated Galaxy Fold device, which has a screen that folds in half and costs $1,980 (£1,513).
The new device, which will be released on 26th of April in the US and 3rd of May in Europe, has a 4.6-inch phone display that opens up to a to a single large 7.3-inch screen when unfolded.
“It delivers a new kind of mobile experience allowing users to do things they couldn’t do with an ordinary smartphone,” the company said in a press release.
“Users now have the best of both worlds; a compact device that unfolds to reveal Samsung’s largest-ever smartphone display.”
According to Samsung, the internal screen does not merely bend, it folds. “Folding is a more intuitive motion and a more difficult innovation to deliver”.
To create the folding mechanism, Samsung said it invented a new polymer layer and created a display around 50% thinner than the original smartphone display.
The company also developed a new hinging mechanism with multiple interlocking gears, concealed with “a hidden enclosure” to create a “seamless and elegant look”.
There is even a fingerprint scanner on the side of the phone, so the device unlocks easily.
The new device also has two batteries which Samsung claims are evenly distributed across the two halves of the phone, so the Galaxy Fold feels balanced in your hands.
It also comes in four colours – silver, black, green and blue. It even has a hinge with the Samsung logo.
As for functionality, the company claims, that you can “slip it of your pocket for one-handed calls, texts” and if you want more you can also “open the device for multitasking and high-quality viewing” on a large screen.
Users can also run up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display so that they can browse the internet, text, work, watch and share videos all at the same time.
The device is also fitted with a high-powered, next-generation AP chipset and 12GB of RAM with PC-like performance.
The sophisticated dual battery system is also capable of “charging itself and a second device simultaneously via Wireless PowerShare, while connected to a regular charger so you can leave your second charger at home”.
The phone also has six camera lenses: three on the back, two on the inside when the phone is open and one on the front of the phone when it is closed.
In addition, Samsung Fold will also feature a Dynamic AMOLED display and AKG stereo speakers. As expected, the phone will also support 4G and 5G connectivity.
LG and Huawei
LG and Huawei have also unveiled new, foldable phones within the last week.
LG has yet to reveal the full cost or release date of them, but did disclose other specifications including as 5G network compatibility and three rear cameras.
Huawei’s new phone, The Mate X, which is dubbed the “world’s fastest foldable 5G phone,” comes days after LG and Samsung announced their new devices.
Mate X will be priced even higher than Samsung’s Galaxy Fold at $2,299 (£1,996) and will ship in summer 2019.