Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Fold at Unpacked 2019 alongside the Samsung Galaxy S10 family of devices. The foldable phone was described by Samsung CEO DJ Koh on stage as "quite good" and it comes with a huge price tag.
Samsung claims that it has created a new category of phones with the Fold. But what does it offer and what are the specs for this new type of device? This is everything you need to know abut Samsung's foldable phone - the Galaxy Fold.
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Release date and price
- Prototype demoed November 2018
- Announced 20 February 2019
- Available in US from 26 April, in Europe from 3 May
- Will cost $1980 or €2000
Following years of rumours, the Samsung Galaxy Fold is now official. In terms of availability, the new foldable phone will be coming to the US on 26 April and Europe on 3 May 2019.
It will hit shelves with a retail price of $1980 in the US and €2000 in Europe, which while this is perhaps what you expect for a first-gen piece of hardware, there's no denying that it's expensive.
Samsung previously previewed a device with an Infinity Flex display at its developer conference in November 2018. The company was originally reported to be more interested in being the first to bring a foldable smartphone to market, rather than focusing on sales.
Samsung's mobile chief DJ mobile chief DJ Koh previously said Samsung doesn't "want to lose the world's-first title", though it lost that title after Royole launched a foldable phone at CES 2019. That said, Samsung's device is noticeably more consumer friendly.
Samsung foldable phone design
- Smartphone into tablet
- Range of colours with spine colour options
The Samsung Galaxy Fold folds down the centre, effectively giving you a smartphone footprint when folded, but a tablet when unfolded. It showcases classic Samsung design around the sides of the device, but when closed, unavoidably, it's basically double the thickness of a regular smartphone.
Open it up and you have something more like regular thickness - Samsung hasn't given us the exact measurements - and there's the feeling that this is more folding tablet than a folding phone.
Much of the design, however, is in the hinge around the back. Samsung said it needed to come up with something that would stand repeated opening and closing and it certainly looks great - but all you'll see is the spine.
There will be a range of fancy colours to choose from - but Samsung says you'll also be able to customise the design and pick a contrasting spine colour.
Galaxy Fold display
- Dynamic AMOLED 7.3-inch internal
- AMOLED 4.6-inch external
- Infinity Flex
Known as the Infinity Flex, the internal display gives you 7.3-inches. It takes on a 4.2:3 aspect and because it's on the inside of the device, you're not using that display when it's folded up.
The internal display has a WXGA+ resolution according to Samsung, but we don't have the exact pixels. There's a notch to one side for the cameras.
The exterior display is a second AMOLED screen, this time measuring 4.6-inches on the diagonal. That's pretty tiny by modern standards and looking at the Galaxy Fold, it's clear that this is markedly different to other Samsung phones. It sits in the centre of the device's face, surrounded by bezel, so doesn't really look like a modern phone at all.
Galaxy Fold hardware and software
- 7nm 64-bit octa-core processor, 12GB RAM
- 512GB UFS3.0 storage, no microSD
- 4380mAh battery capacity
Beyond the design, Samsung has confirmed that this is a 7nm octa-core device - we expect an Exynos chipset at its heart. Given the huge price, it's no surprise to find that it has 12GB RAM and 512GB of storage, both of which are pretty huge. There is no microSD however, one of the first Samsung devices to omit this convenience feature.
There's a 4380mAh battery which is fairly big - big for a Samsung phone, but not the biggest battery in a modern device. The battery has been split into two halves so it sits in both sides of the device. It supports fast charging, both wired and wireless.
In terms of software, the Galaxy Fold allows for three-app multi-tasking when it is open on the larger screen. You'll be able to simultaneously open Google Maps, a browser and your messages for example.
The device will also adapt to the format you are using so if you have Google Maps open on the smartphone display and you unfold the device it will automatically transfer the respective app to the larger display.
Samsung Galaxy Fold cameras
- Front camera (cover): 10MP, f/2.2
- Rear cameras (cover): 16MP ultra wide, f/2.2; 12MP main, f/1.5 & f/2.4; 12MP 2x zoom
- Front dual camera (internal): 10MP Camera, f/2.2; 8MP RGB depth, f/1.9
Samsung has loaded the Galaxy Fold with cameras. With more sides or modes of use than a normal phone, there are more cameras - six in total.
On the outside of the device you have a triple-camera arrangement that's pretty similar to the new Galaxy S10. That means you have a dual aperture main camera, an ultra wide camera and a zoom camera. You can read more about the S10 cameras here, which gives you a good idea of what they offer.
The exterior also offers a selfie camera on the front (when closed) - basically the same as the Galaxy S10 again - but when you open the phone up, you have a dual camera arrangement. This gives you a selfie camera with a second lens - an 8-megapixel sensor to give you depth - the same as the Galaxy S10+. Basically, the Galaxy Fold gets all the camera options.