Officially revealed at the company’s Galaxy Unpacked event in February this year, Australians have had some time to wait before getting their hands on the head-turning device, finally becoming available on October 30 in selected stores around the country.
The idea of a foldable phone is still a relatively crazy concept, and although other tech companies have been quick to jump on the bandwagon and get moving on their own designs since, Samsung – known for redefining the world of TVs, smartphones, wearable devices, tablets, digital appliances, network systems, memory, LED solutions and more – still remains well ahead of the curve.
The idea was to create a seamless multi-app experience with a foldable Infinity Flex Display and six powerful cameras – and here’s what we thought about exactly that.
While certainly not the only drawcard, the standout feature of this device lays in its ability to open from a 4.6-inch outer screen to become a 7.3-inch immersive mini-tablet display. While you might be unsure whether this is necessary in your day to day life, you need to understand that it’s much more than necessary: The Galaxy Fold is the best example of why foldable is the future of smartphones.
Do your quick tasks on the front screen like checking the time, notifications and sending messages, then open to the full frame and you’ll find yourself multi-tasking with three apps open at once, editing photos with so much more clarity, and gaming on your phone like you never have before; all as if it were a tablet. It also helps that the powerful AKG-tuned stereo speakers create a seriously crisp, clear sound.
At 4,380mAh, the dual-battery system lasts around a day-and-a-half (of course dependent on how much you use the bigger screen).
In addition to the 15W charger, the phone comes with Wireless PowerShare capabilities which enables you to wirelessly charge compatible devices (like your Samsung Galaxy Watch and Buds) via the phone also – which is a pretty cool feature.
With six lenses – three in the back, two on the main screen and one on the cover display – the Galaxy Fold camera system offers the same great quality as the Galaxy S10’s camera array.
The outer camera is a single 10MP selfie camera with an f2.2 aperture, a pixel size of 1.22 microns, and a field of view of 80 degrees, while the inner two cameras consist of the same 10MP selfie camera and 8MP RGB camera. They come with really fun filters too, like the selective black-and-white Colour Point mode. Galaxy Fold takes me back to the days of capturing selfies on desktop computers where the photos were just so much bigger.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold Foldable Phone is equipped with a high-powered AP chipset and 12GB of RAM meaning that even when running multiple apps simultaneously the transitions are super smooth. You can open up to three active apps simultaneously on the main display (think surfing the internet, texting and watching your favourite series) with ease, and if you close and open apps they will automatically pick up where you left off.
Available in Cosmos Black and Space Silver, the new Samsung Galaxy Fold is leading the next mobile revolution with the launch of the first foldable device – and it’s a pretty incredible one at that. More