Samsung Galaxy Fold

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Samsung Galaxy Fold
BrandSamsung Galaxy
ManufacturerSamsung Electronics
SloganThe Future Unfolds
First releasedApril 26, 2019; 36 days' time (2019-04-26)
RelatedSamsung Galaxy S10
Form factorFolding slate
Operating systemAndroid 9.0 "Pie"
Memory12 GB LPDDR4X
Storage512 GB UFS 3.0
BatteryTotal of 4380 mAh
Data inputsUSB-C
Display
  • Inside: 7.3 in (19 cm), 4.2:3 ratio
  • Outside: 4.6 in (12 cm), 21:9 ratio
Rear camera
  • 12 MP, f/1.5/2.4 dual-aperture
  • 12 MP, f/2.4 telephoto, 2x optical zoom
  • 16 MP, f/2.2, ultra-wide-angle
Front camera
  • Outside: 10 MP, f/2.2
  • Inside: 10 MP, f/2.2, 8 MP RGB depth sensor
Websitewww.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-fold/
References[1]

Samsung Galaxy Fold is an upcoming Android foldable smartphone developed by Samsung Electronics. Unveiled February 20, 2019, it will first be released in the United States on April 26, 2019, and in Europe on May 3, 2019.[2]

The device is capable of being folded open to expose a 7.3-inch tablet-sized flexible display.

Development[edit]

Samsung unveiled a prototype of the Galaxy Fold and its "Infinity Flex Display" during its developers' conference in November 2018, demonstrating the adaptations to Samsung's Android distribution and newly-unveiled One UI software. Google stated that it would work with OEMs on supporting foldable devices on Android. The Samsung Galaxy Fold is an all-purpose, two-in-one device.[3][4][5]

Specifications[edit]

Hardware[edit]

The Galaxy Fold contains two displays; its front cover contains a small, 4.6-inch display in the center designed for one-handed use, and the device can fold open to expose a 7.3-inch display. Samsung rated the fold mechanism as supporting up to 200,000 uses. The tablet screen contains a large notch in the top-right corner, and is coated with a custom multi-layer laminate in lieu of glass.[6] Its power button contains a fingerprint reader. Samsung did not state which system-on-chip it uses in the Galaxy Fold, beyond that it is a "state-of-the-art" CPU with a 7 nanometer production process, contains 12 GB of RAM, and has 512 GB of non-expandable storage. The Galaxy Fold will be sold with a 5G variant.[7][2][8]

The device contains two batteries split between the two halves, totaling a 4380 mAh capacity. The Galaxy Fold contains 6 cameras, using the same sensors equipped on the Galaxy S10+,[6] including three rear-facing camera lenses (12-megapixel, 12-megapixel telephoto, and 16-megapixel ultra wide-angle), as well as a 10-megapixel front-facing camera on the cover, and a second 10-megapixel front-facing camera, accompanied by an RGB depth sensor, on the inside screen.[8][9][2]

Software[edit]

The Galaxy Fold will ship with Android 9.0 "Pie" and Samsung's One UI software; supported apps will be able to transition between phone and tablet-oriented layouts when the user opens up the display. The user can multitask with up to three different apps at once.[2][7][8]

Media Coverage[edit]

Lego jokingly mocked the Galaxy Fold on Twitter, tweeting an image of a Lego pop-up story book called the Lego Fold.[10][11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Jeremy (2019-02-20). "The Samsung Galaxy Fold breathes new life into phones (at a price)". Wired UK. ISSN 1357-0978. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  2. ^ a b c d Lai, Richard (20 February 2019). "Samsung's foldable phone is officially the 'Galaxy Fold'". Engadget. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  3. ^ Lambrechts, Stephen. "Samsung announces One UI, a massive overhaul of its Android interface". TechRadar. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  4. ^ Warren, Tom (2018-11-07). "This is Samsung's foldable smartphone". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  5. ^ "Get a closer look at the Samsung Galaxy Fold". Centric DXB. Retrieved 2019-03-20.
  6. ^ a b Dolcourt, Jessica. "Galaxy Fold: Samsung's phone-tablet hybrid is the most exciting phone we've seen in years". CNET. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  7. ^ a b Dunn, Jeff (2019-02-20). "Samsung's foldable phone is finally official—meet the Galaxy Fold". Ars Technica. Retrieved 2019-02-23.
  8. ^ a b c Warren, Tom (2019-02-20). "Samsung's foldable phone is the $1,980 Galaxy Fold". The Verge. Retrieved 2019-02-20.
  9. ^ Kan, Michael; Segan, Sascha (20 February 2019). "Samsung Galaxy Fold Smartphone Will Set You Back at Least $1,980". PC Magazine. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  10. ^ Smith, Chris (5 March 2019). "Samsung's Galaxy Fold was just trolled by the most unlikely source". BGR. Retrieved 5 March 2019.
  11. ^ "LEGO on Twitter: "A stunning 5-inch cover display unfolds into an 11-inch pop-up story book. For endless creative play that never runs out of battery". Twitter. 4 March 2019. Retrieved 5 March 2019.