We at Creative Electron love new technology. When the word broke Samsung was coming out with the Galaxy Fold, we were so excited. But when iFixit (https://www.ifixit.com) published their concerns regarding issues of screen durability and dust contamination, it was obvious the release was premature. Samsung went back to the drawing board and, after some tweaking, the phone resurfaced on September 19th, 2019. And with that reintroduction, the promotion assured the public all issues were addressed. So, we went out and bought one. This is what we found.
First of all, the thing is beautiful with a satisfying heft that feels of quality and durability. The Galaxy Fold contains two displays. The front cover has a 4.6-inch display in the center designed for one-handed use and then opens to expose a 7.3-inch screen that feels like a tablet and offers the room to open more than one app. After passing the device around the office, we all agreed it was a cool idea but notice a visible indent in the crease in the fold of the screen. Samsung rates the folding mechanism as supporting up to 200,000 uses. Besides, the indent disappears when apps are opened. Be warned, fingerprints are an issue, so keep your microfiber cloth handy.
The tablet screen is coated with a custom multi-layer laminate in lieu of glass. Its power button contains a fingerprint reader. Samsung describes the device as having 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. Utilizing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 855, the Fold device contains two batteries split between the two halves, totaling a 4380 mAh capacity. Despite the two batteries, the charge life is rated about the same as a traditional phone. The price you pay for all that tech.
Now for the bells and whistles. The Galaxy Fold contains 6 cameras, using the same sensors equipped on the Galaxy S10+, 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. In other words, this phone is loaded. At a retail price of almost $2000.00, it better be!
The Galaxy Fold ships with Android 9.0 “Pie” and Samsung’s One UI software; by means of Multi Window mode, up to three supported apps can be placed on-screen at once. Apps opened on the smaller screen can expand into their larger, tablet-oriented layouts when the user unfolds the device. We found the Fold to be innovative, cool and impressive in its scope. So we did we what we always do. We X-rayed it to get a good look inside.
What we found was an impressive array of creative technology that is a testimony to Samsung’s innovation and push for newer technology. All in all, we found it to be ambitious and cutting edge. And it appears this is the new evolution phone. Microsoft is hitting the market with Surface Duo, Huawei has announced a version, Motorola released a tease about a folding Razr, and even Apple has discussed the idea of a new folding iPhone.