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When the Samsung Galaxy Fold was exposing at Mobile World Senate in 2019, it drew a crowd.
The criticism was strong and quick; the screen was not good enough. There was a visible crease in the center. It was too expensive.
The preliminary round of reviews saw people trying to peel off the phone’s front, leaving many to believe that Samsung’s foldable phone was a failure.
It’s remarkable how much people who have never seen or held, much less lived with, the Samsung Galaxy Fold can say. Because, fortunately, everyone is wrong.
How is the Design and updates of Galaxy Fold?
- Closed: Also, 160.9 x 62.8 x 15.7-17.1 mm
- Bixby / hold button
- Open: Also, 160.9 x 117.9 x 6.9 mm
- Fingerprint scanner
Initial like a book, one of the most satisfying things about the Galaxy Fold is how it feels to open it with one hand and how it closes when you close it.
The axis itself is a work of art, and there is a reassuring solidity. To the way, the phone has by putting together.
Considerable of what you’ll find in the Fold’s design comes from other Samsung phones, how the antenna breaks through the body.
How the speaker holes were cut, and the cameras’ placement on the rear. They are reassuringly familiar.
It’s thick when closed at 15-17mm, roughly twice the regular smartphone’s thickness. But at the same time, when completed, the footprint is smaller. More of a bar than a slab, and it grips perfectly when you walk down the street holding it.
It slides into a pocket quite quickly (not thicker than the average wallet), and I have been using LG’s dual-screen phone for a couple of weeks.
It’s enjoyable to have something a little smaller, but it’s still heavy compared to, say, the Samsung Galaxy S20 +.
From the outside, you can still access a screen. The side-mounted fingerprint scanner is a useful security convenience, although this outside screen is a bit small. It’s like using that little Palm phone, which poses some problems.
Unfold the Fold, and you will see a much larger viewing space. There have been changes since the first iteration.
There are two screens:
- Exterior: 4.5 inches, 1680 x 720 pixels, dynamic AMOLED
- Interior: 7.3 inches, 2152 x 1536 pixels, Super AMOLED
- With a main screen on the inside and a secondary screen on the outside, the Galaxy Fold does more to protect its main screen than a phone.
- With the screen wrapped around the outside, like the Huawei Mate X.
- Instead of having a protective layer of glass on top. It uses plastic instead due to the flexibility in the display.
- That’s not that rare, and many devices use plastic for the surface of their OLED panels, allowing them to be curved and shaped, but few devices need to maintain that flexibility in use.
- Samsung has now developed an ultra-thin glass solution used in the Galaxy Z Flip, but we don’t think it is much different from what is presented here in reality.
- The result is that the main screen could potentially be damaged more quickly than something covered with glass.
Fortunately, it is not in contact with anything when it is closed, but it is not a sealed package when it is shutting, and we have no idea
- what would happen if something like sand got caught inside when you close the phone.
- There is also a crease in the center of the device. We all did a great deal of something when the phone was first announcing, but it doesn’t matter.
- It doesn’t degrade the viewing experience, and in most cases, you won’t notice it’s there unless you’re watching darker content in gloomy conditions where it becomes more noticeable.
- The screen itself is full of detail, bright and vibrant, and everything you expect from a Samsung display.
- Yes, some content looks weird, like those 16: 9 Netflix movies that now have black bars, but ironically, this vision of the future seems close to 4: 3.
- So it fits very well with older content designed for TV. It is also probably the best individual viewing platform for Instagram. With so many square images, it flows through the Galaxy Fold in sublime beauty.
- That wow experience shows up in all kinds of places. Many applications come to life on a slightly larger screen, making many poorly designed websites easier to navigate.
- It sounds like the kind of perks a tablet offers, but being able to close it and slide it into your pocket is a new experience.
How is the Power and performance of Galaxy Fold?
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB RAM
- 4235 mAh battery capacity, USB-C fast charging
- 512GB storage, no microSD expansion
- 5G connectivity
The Samsung Galaxy Fold sits on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 platform with a massive 12GB RAM.
There’s also a whopping 512GB of storage capacity, which could account for some of the cost, which is helpful since there’s no microSD card support for storage expansion.
There’s no 3.5mm headphone jack either, but it does come with a pair of Samsung Galaxy Buds in the box, worth about $ / £ 120, which is an excellent addition.
These are pretty big specs, and in use, this shows, with the Galaxy Fold quick to launch apps and deliver a flagship experience.
While much of what you see in the user interface (UI) is very similar to other Samsung devices, once again a lot of reassuring familiarities, you can open up to three apps simultaneously, which needs a little more grunt, hence The large portion of RAM.
It takes multitasking in a new direction, allowing you to have, for example, open messaging apps alongside Google Maps and Chrome.
You will be able to search and navigate while coordinating with your team better, faster, and more dynamically than anyone else.
All of this happens without slowing down or lag. Not all apps support it – you can’t open Netflix and open Slack simultaneously, but you can have apps on Windows just like on other Samsung devices.
When we talked about the screen, the Galaxy Fold can be transformative for your applications. Open any of the glorious mobile games like Monument Valley, and it looks fantastic.
Switch to your favorite shooter like Call of Duty, Mobile, and you’ll have a big-screen experience like no other right in your pocket.
A six-camera experience:
- Rear: 12MP main, 16MP ultra-wide, 12MP telephoto
- Front: 8MP selfie, RBG depth sensor
- Cover: 10MP selfie
- Samsung decided that the best way to ensure that a photo could always be taken with the Galaxy Fold was to place a camera on each side.
- That means there is a “covered” camera on top of the external display, three cameras on the back of the phone, plus two cameras on the inside, wanting to offer a superior selfie experience.
- That means, regardless of how you hold the phone, you can jump to a camera and take a photo.
- Thanks to the way the phone folds up.
- Those rear cameras are always available, so everything is pretty seamless when it comes to access.
- The rear camera offers Samsung’s primary Dual Pixel camera with dual aperture (f / 1.5 and f / 2.4).
- It’s accompanied by a 16-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera and a 12-megapixel telephoto lens in an arrangement that’s familiar.
- It’s basically the same as the Galaxy S10 + and is now a generation old after the launch of the Galaxy S20 family.
- The huge screen is vibrant and sharp
- Good battery life
- Cameras everywhere
- Responsive software adaptation
- Galaxy Buds in the box
- Designed to fit perfectly in a pocket
- Cameras are not leaders in their class
- The outer screen is too small
- Screen notch feels unnecessary
- The screen fold is visible from some angles
- Very expensive