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Six years after the concept was first unveiled at CES 2013, Samsung has revealed its foldable smart phone, heralding in a new era of device innovation.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold was officially launched at Samsung Unpacked on February 20, and in the weeks that have followed it has been a development that has the whole tech world talking.
Here’s why the Samsung Galaxy Fold is the new smart phone that’s set to turn heads.
The Samsung Fold is smart phone with a 4.6-inch front display which opens up to reveal a further 7.3-inch screen.
Effectively this device bridges the gap between smart phone and tablet, offering users the convenience of both, and in doing so it packs a whole lot of tech into one not-so-cheap device.
Here’s a look at what’s involved…
When folded into its compact phone mode, the Samsung Fold looks a little chunkier than your average device.
It welcomes users with a 4.6-inch' HD+ Super AMOLED Display that features a fingerprint sensor. It can be used for everyday tasks like making and receiving calls, using apps, searching the internet and all the usual tricks associated with a smart phone.
But it’s when the phone opens up that its true beauty is revealed.
Inside the Samsung Fold is a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED Infinity Flex display that allows the phone to act as a tablet.
It features app continuity, allowing users to seamlessly use the same app they were looking at on the exterior immediately when they open the device, and also supports app multi-tasking so you can use up to three apps at a time.
The screen is facilitated by Samsung’s sophisticated hinge system with multiple interlocking gears. This allows the Fold to open like a book, but boast an edge-to-edge seamless display, spanning the entire width of the opened phone.
The Galaxy Fold features not two, not four, but six cameras with one pretty much on every available surface.
On the cover there’s a 10MP selfie camera, inside there’s a dual camera comprising a 10MP selfie option along with an 8MP RGB depth camera, then on the rear there are a further three options, with a 12MP telephoto camera, a 12MP wide-angle, dual aperture variety and a 16MP Ultra-Wide option.
Some serious battery power is required to run the multi screens of this device, and Samsung delivers that by installing batteries in both sides that then combine to deliver 4380mAh. This also offers enough power for the Fold to act as a wireless charger mat for other devices like ear buds and compatible smart phones.
Meanwhile, under the hood is a high-end 7nm 64-bit Octa-Core processor, 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage.
It also supports Universal Flash Disk 3.0 to facilitate additional storage, and runs the Android 9.0 Pie operating system.
Samsung’s new whizz-bang folding phone does not come cheap at US$1980 or about AU$2800-AU$3200 and truth is no-one has actually had the opportunity to get their hands on it yet for a test run.
Meanwhile, the release date is slated for April 26 in the US, and the Australian release is yet to be announced.
Samsung now goes down in history as the first major phone giant to release a foldable smart phone. Although a number of start-ups already had a crack at it and a week after Samsung, Huawei also released their own version of a foldable phone in the form of the Huawei Mate X.
And it’s been a long road to foldable for Apple’s biggest rival. The concept was first teased at CES 2013 and has required a reported $130 million in investment since then.
But if it’s as good as many believe, the Samsung Fold may have been worth the wait. The question for consumers will be, is it worth the exorbitant price tag?