Samsung originally teased its foldable phone last November. Now, it's giving us a better glimpse at the incoming device with more details about what we can expect. First, Samsung’s foldable has an official name: the Samsung Galaxy Fold. Second, it's using a new 7.3-inch Infinity Flex Display so that the device can have either a tablet-sized screen when expanded or a phone-sized screen once folded.
The third, likely most important, tidbit is that you can buy the phone soon! That is, if you can spare $1,980 when the phone launches in April.
Samsung Galaxy Fold: Features and specs
Samsung's 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED has a 1536 x 2152 resolution. When it’s folded, the 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED has a 840 x 1960 resolution. Other features include 512GB of Universal Flash Storage 3.0 (eUFS), a Qualcomm 7nm 64-bit Octa-core processor, and 12GB of RAM.
Samsung said it also included two batteries with a 4,380mAh capacity. These are separated by the fold, but still used together thanks to Android. Speaking of the fold, it's a hinge backbone with multiple interlocking parts. It's all hidden at the back of the device, but it essentially allows the Galaxy Fold to fold from the tablet mode to the phone mode. The backside also houses a triple-camera system.
The rear camera array consists of a 6-megapixel ultra-wide camera (F2.2), 12-megapixel wide-angle camera (Dual Pixel AF, OIS, and F1.5/F2.4), and 12-megapixel telephoto camera (PDAF, OIS, F2.4, and 2X). There's also a front dual selfie shooter on the cover with a 10-megapixel (F2.2) camera and 8-megapixel RGB depth camera (F1.9). So, you'll have plenty of options for taking pictures.
Samsung said Galaxy Fold can run a total of three apps at once due to a continuity system that lets you seamlessly move between the tablet and phone modes. Some apps, including WhatsApp, Microsoft Office, and YouTube, will be optimised from the start. But Samsung said it's working with Google, which is already promising to support foldables, so that Android truly supports the Galaxy Fold.
Samsung Galaxy Fold: Price and availability
Samsung hasn't confirmed when you can preorder the Galaxy Fold, but it will be available in the US from 26 April. It is offering four different colours for the Galaxy Fold (black, silver, blue and green), and you'll be able to customise the colour of the hinge depending on your choice.
As for pricing, the Galaxy Fold will start at $1,980 for 512GB of storage and 12GB of RAM. There will be an LTE model and a 5G variant, too.
Samsung has yet to confirm UK pricing and availability. But in Europe you can get it from 3 May for €2,000.