Ten years after the first Galaxy, Samsung unveils its new foldable smartphone – Samsung Galaxy Fold. It was unveiled at the Galaxy Unpacked live event on 20 February 2019. Samsung Galaxy Fold comes with a 7.3-inch QXGA+ Dynamic AMOLED Display main foldable screen (Infinity Flex Display), and a 4.6-inch HD+ Super AMOLED Display cover screen (Cover Display). If you think that the cover screen will only show the time and notifications, you are totally wrong.
App Continuity Feature
Samsung Galaxy Fold has App Continuity feature to continue any working apps in both of its screens. You can just pick any screen to start an app and it works in both. For example, you are reading in the main display (7.3 inch) but suddenly you need to grab those chips for some good time reading, then you can just fold the screen and continue reading in the cover display (4.6 inch). This feature works vise-versa.
- Main Display – Cover Display
- Cover Display – Main Display
Six Cameras on Galaxy Fold
Realizing the importance of the camera on this feature, Samsung puts 5 cameras on Samsung Galaxy Fold.
- One camera on the cover display (a 10MP selfie camera, 80° FOV, F2.2).
- Two cameras on the main display (a 10MP selfie camera, 80° FOV, F2.2, and an 8MP RGB depth camera, 90° FOV, F1.9).
- Three rear cameras (a 12MP Telephoto Camera 45° FOV, F2.4, a 12MP Wide-angle Camera, 77° FOV, Dual aperture F1.5/F2, and 16MP Ultra Wide Camera, 123° FOV, F2.2
If you are asking why Samsung puts cameras on each display, App Continuity has its reason. The cameras on the main display capture a bigger display for the 7.3-inch screen, and the cameras on the cover display capture a smaller display for the 4.6-inch screen. The folding and unfolding during video call are possible due to the cameras and App Continuity feature.
Worrying About the Folding Part?
While the innovative breakthrough happens for unveiling Samsung Galaxy Fold, the folding screen seems risky. How durable is the folding screen? Samsung says it is able to fold at least 100,000 times, it is equal to 5 years if you fold it 100 times a day. Well, do not expect the Infinity Flex Display is unbreakable.
Here is a video for its folding test:
Multi Active Window for Opening Three Aplications Side-by-Side
The 7.3-inch screen is not just made for a smartphone which can transform into a tablet. This advantageous bigger screen makes Samsung put a multi-window feature to run more than an app on the main screen.
Is it dual window feature? Nope. The feature called Multi-Active Window makes Samsung Galaxy fold can run three applications side-by-side. With this feature, you can browse, chat, and watch a video at the same time on the main screen.
Now, let’s check the specs for supporting Samsung Galaxy Fold performance. This smartphone has 12GB RAM and 512GB internal storage with no additional memory card slot. It runs with Android Pie (9.0), Qualcomm SDM855 Snapdragon 855 chipset, Octa-core (1×2.84 GHz Kryo 485 & 3×2.42 GHz Kryo 485 & 4×1.8 GHz Kryo 485) CPU, and Adreno 640 GPU.
It has non-removable Li-Po 4380 mAh battery with fast charging (Quick Charge 2.0) compatible on wired and wireless. Samsung Galaxy Fold also has a Fingerprint (side-mounted) system and Samsung DeX for desktop experience support.
Price and Availability
Samsung says that Samsung Galaxy Fold will be available on May 3, 2019, for the US, and on April 26, 2019, for Europe. This Smartphone costs $1,980. The release date and the price is available for the 4G version. As Samsung hinted that they will also release the 5G version, the release date, and the price has not been confirmed yet.