Samsung has unveiled its first ever folding smartphone - the Galaxy Fold.

Today’s at Samsung’s Unpacked launch event in San Francisco, alongside the much awaited Galaxy S10 line-up of phones, the company has revealed its first ever folding smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Fold
  Galaxy Fold
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 
1x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.84GHz
3x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 (CA55) @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 640
Display Main Display:
7.3" 2048 x 1536 Foldable Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)

Cover display:
4.6" 1680 x 720 Super AMOLED (21:9)
Dimensions (Thick)
RAM 12GB LPDDR4X
NAND 512GB UFS3.0
Battery 4380mAh  (16.86Wh)
Front Camera Cover Camera:
10MP f/2.2 "Selfie camera"

Front camera:
10MP f/1.9 4K video recording

Front camera:
8MP, f/2.2
Dual Pixel PDAF
"Live focus"
Primary Rear Camera 77° Regular Angle
12MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PDAF

Tri-stack CMOS Sensor (Embedded DRAM),
4K60, 1080p240, 720p960 high-speed recording

Adjustable aperture f/1.5 or f/2.4
OIS, auto HDR, LED flash
Secondary Rear Camera 123° Wide Angle
16MP 1.0µm f/2.2
Tertiary Rear Camera 45° / Telephoto lens 2x zoom
12MP 1.0µm f/2.4,
OIS
SIM Size (Maybe?)
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MU-MIMO, BT 5.0 LE,
NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
Connectivity USB Type-C
Features (It Folds)
Launch OS Android 9.0
Launch Price $1980 / 2000€

The Galaxy Fold includes the same high-performance innards as the Galaxy S10.

 

The key feature of the phone is its dual-screen design: a 4.6” cover display, and a foldable 7.3” main screen. Samsung has put a lot of engineering into the folding design, especially on the mechanical hinge which had to be extremely durable in its implementation.

Samsung’s software is said to be optimised for seamless application switching between the cover display and the main foldable display. Samsung further demonstrated three-way app multi-tasking, taking advantage of the larger screen.

In the presentation event, the phone looked relatively rough in its design, seemingly twice as thick as a regular phone when folded. So it's not too surprising then that Samsung is not officially disclosing the dimensions of the phone at this time.

Samsung’s pricing for the novelty phone is also quite shocking, coming in at $1980/2000€.

Source: Samsung

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  • johnnycanadian - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Wow -- Samsung has knocked it out of the park. Yup, it's expensive but what I'm most impressed with is just how well the folding technology is integrated into Samsung's version of Android.

    A few years ago I'd expect something like this from Apple, but they're far too concerned about providing new "animojis" instead of creating something truly innovative like the Fold -- and again, the way that the OS, Apps and the hardware work together is fantastic.
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  • gmskking - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    I haven't been this excited for a smartphone since they first came out. Reply
  • PeachNCream - Thursday, February 21, 2019 - link

    A 4.6 inch cover display is nice. Why not just ditch the folding junk and fill the interior spaces with more battery. That'd eliminate a failure-prone set of physically movable parts and offer a lot of endurance in a durable device. Reply
  • skavi - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    I'm trying to understand what you mean, but I'm having difficulty doing so. Are you suggesting that they should have not added the folding mechanism to a device literally called the "Galaxy Fold" and instead made what would have amounted to an oddly shaped tablet? Reply
  • PeachNCream - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    The name is just a marketing identity and those are probably one of the least complex elements to change in a product. Reply
  • grahad - Friday, February 22, 2019 - link

    So you want a tablet? They already make those. Reply
  • peevee - Monday, February 25, 2019 - link

    Samsung web brigade is so obvious. Reply
  • eva02langley - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    At 2600$ + 390$ of taxes in canadian currency... you are insane to think this. We need to put in perspective what 3000$ is really worth...

    - 3-4 months rent of a nice apartment
    - 10 months of grocery
    - A used cheap car
    - 1 semester of University in Quebec
    - 3000$ net = 5000$ of gross salary
    - 1 year of municipality taxes

    Just no... I am earning 6 figures, but this is insane... it is indecent.
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  • leo_sk - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Any new tech is bound to be expensive. The first time adopters have to pay for the R&D involved. Like whn the curved screen first appeared, it was just too irrationally expensive, but has become more commonplace since. Same will have with foldable devices Reply
  • eva02langley - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Not the point. The only new feature is the screen. It is still a phone. It is not doing anything more than another smart phone except providing a wider screen.

    The point is at which point people are not going to support a company/product. Apple was already disconnected with their iPhone XS, but this a totally new level of indecency.

    You can find other product that is going to satisfy your needs as long as it is not bragging rights, because this is the only thing this thing does.
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