Samsung has unveiled its first ever folding smartphone - the Galaxy Fold.

Today’s at Samsung’s Unpacked launch event in San Francisco, alongside the much awaited Galaxy S10 line-up of phones, the company has revealed its first ever folding smartphone.

Samsung Galaxy Fold
  Galaxy Fold
SoC Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 
1x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.84GHz
3x Kryo 485 (CA76) @ 2.42GHz
4x Kryo 485 (CA55) @ 1.80GHz

Adreno 640
Display Main Display:
7.3" 2048 x 1536 Foldable Dynamic AMOLED (4.2:3)

Cover display:
4.6" 1680 x 720 Super AMOLED (21:9)
Dimensions (Thick)
RAM 12GB LPDDR4X
NAND 512GB UFS3.0
Battery 4380mAh  (16.86Wh)
Front Camera Cover Camera:
10MP f/2.2 "Selfie camera"

Front camera:
10MP f/1.9 4K video recording

Front camera:
8MP, f/2.2
Dual Pixel PDAF
"Live focus"
Primary Rear Camera 77° Regular Angle
12MP 1.4µm Dual Pixel PDAF

Tri-stack CMOS Sensor (Embedded DRAM),
4K60, 1080p240, 720p960 high-speed recording

Adjustable aperture f/1.5 or f/2.4
OIS, auto HDR, LED flash
Secondary Rear Camera 123° Wide Angle
16MP 1.0µm f/2.2
Tertiary Rear Camera 45° / Telephoto lens 2x zoom
12MP 1.0µm f/2.4,
OIS
SIM Size (Maybe?)
Wireless 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 2x2 MU-MIMO, BT 5.0 LE,
NFC, GPS/Glonass/Galileo/BDS
Connectivity USB Type-C
Features (It Folds)
Launch OS Android 9.0
Launch Price $1980 / 2000€

The Galaxy Fold includes the same high-performance innards as the Galaxy S10.

 

The key feature of the phone is its dual-screen design: a 4.6” cover display, and a foldable 7.3” main screen. Samsung has put a lot of engineering into the folding design, especially on the mechanical hinge which had to be extremely durable in its implementation.

Samsung’s software is said to be optimised for seamless application switching between the cover display and the main foldable display. Samsung further demonstrated three-way app multi-tasking, taking advantage of the larger screen.

In the presentation event, the phone looked relatively rough in its design, seemingly twice as thick as a regular phone when folded. So it's not too surprising then that Samsung is not officially disclosing the dimensions of the phone at this time.

Samsung’s pricing for the novelty phone is also quite shocking, coming in at $1980/2000€.

Source: Samsung

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  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Well, yeah. They're going to sell quite a few of these to wealthy people that love to flaunt their money. I guess there are worse things to blow cash on... they could be one of those people with $10K workstation-class systems that use it to run Minecraft.

    With that being said even if I had the money it just seems like it's such an in-between size. I don't feel like it would be so much more useful than a typical large smartphone, if you want to do anything substantial you'd still want a tablet or ultrathin.
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  • Peskarik - Thursday, February 21, 2019 - link

    Wealthy will buy Apple. This is for geeks and teenagers. Reply
  • imaheadcase - Thursday, February 21, 2019 - link

    None of which can afford it. Reply
  • ajp_anton - Thursday, February 21, 2019 - link

    You also seemed to miss the point.

    This kind of phone is not inherently expensive, it's just that the initial RnD and the "being first" factor that make this particular phone expensive. I'm really excited about this launch, because this marks the first step towards *affordable* foldable phones. It may take a while still, but now at least they are a reality.
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  • imaheadcase - Thursday, February 21, 2019 - link

    You do know foldable phones are not something people are asking for right? Reply
  • FullmetalTitan - Thursday, February 21, 2019 - link

    I would much rather spend $2k on a demo of nascent smartphone technology than hear about one more celeb that spent $25k on a gold plated Apple Watch Reply
  • Alistair - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    if i made 6 figures, i'd buy it... i only get 1 and a half months rent here in vancouver ;) Reply
  • eva02langley - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Glad I don't live there. My mortgage barely come to 1K$ a month. I could not live in Vancouver >:/ Reply
  • olderkid - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    Where are you living where a 'nice' apartment is $1000 or less? If you are making 6 figures and your rent is less than $1,000, you could buy several of these and never feel the effect. $300/month for groceries means you eat like a college student. I suppose you could eat OK at $75/week, but you're certainty not eating out at all. If you are making 6 figures and driving a $3,000 car, you have probably made bad choices to make the imperative.

    I think you just have a problem paying for cutting edge technology. That's fine - just don't make it about being unaffordable for someone making 6 figures.
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  • Alexvrb - Wednesday, February 20, 2019 - link

    I don't think eva was trying to imply those are THEIR costs, and I'm sure they could afford one with that kind of income. There's some exaggeration but the phone IS outrageously priced. It's not just that it's cutting edge, the bigger issue is that it has no direct competition at present. In a year we'll probably have something like that in the ~1K or so ballpark. Reply

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